Spiritual Principle: Faith

When I was in my disease and eating compulsively, I was preoccupied with food. I was obsessed with diets and my weight. There was no reprieve from the insane thoughts that pervaded my mind. Everything centered around the next binge, hoarding and hiding provisions, a warped body image, and eventually how much I could restrict.

Every diet was followed by demoralization, depression, and disillusion. I had the faulty notion that once I got down to my goal weight, I could eat like a “normal” person. I did not want to believe I was an addict. But the truth was, I was dependent on sugar, needed to get my “fix” throughout the day, and gripped by a “drug” habit that had me defeated. Besides the food fixations, I was plagued with severely ill health. My malady—physical, emotional, and spiritual—was killing me. I was committing suicide with my eating behaviors and I was beyond human aid.

Then a surprising and much-needed incident took place—I was summoned to Overeaters Anonymous by my Higher Power. This occurrence cannot be explained or rationalized. There is nothing natural or scientific about my arrival to OA. I can only describe it as the work of divine intervention.

At the start of my journey, I experienced profound encounters with OA members, a commitment to abstinence, and an extraordinary Spiritual Awakening. This is nothing short of a miracle. Again, it cannot be logically accounted for, but a marvelous and holy recovery occurred within me.

I remain forever grateful to God and this fellowship for restoring my health and sanity…one day at a time.


Kara M.

Step 3: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

At my home meeting, a member shared a story about wanting a specific food and not being able to stop herself from going to buy it. While she was putting on her coat, she said a prayer. “God, if you want me to not eat this, you’re going to have to help me.” When she arrived at the shop, there was a sign on the door: “Closed—no electricity.”

Hearing this story had an immediate and profound effect on me. I realized I’d never completely surrendered my food. I write it down, call it in to my sponsor, weigh and measure it, but I’ve never given it to God.

Maybe that’s why I still struggle when I enter the grocery store? Or why the newest fad diet always grabs my attention? Could it be the reason why I want something to eat when my spouse is snacking in the evening?

After leaving the meeting, while riding home with another member, I realized I didn’t want to struggle anymore. I was ready to surrender my food to God. So I visualized holding my food in my hands, lifting both hands up above my head, and saying, “Here, God, I give you my food.”

What happened next was amazing. I felt as if a huge weight was physically lifted from my shoulders. I felt 10 pounds (5 kg) lighter. More important, I stopped struggling. The food stopped calling out to me. From the beginning, I had the willingness to do what was necessary. It was surrender that made the difference.

— Norinne M., Fort Myers, Florida USA

Source: http://www.oalifeline.org

All are welcome in OA. When we say or hear that only one piece of literature is the way to work the Steps, the way to carry the message, the way to find recovery, OA stops being accepting, inclusive—welcoming.

Read and share Embracing Our Differences, a timely reminder that OA is a Fellowship of unity and diversity, and recommit to embracing all who want to stop eating compulsively.

Every Sunday at 2 pm EST. “A Plan of Eating” Telephone Meeting

Every Sunday at 2 pm EST there is an OA phone Marathon meeting. The topic is always “A Plan of Eating.” At this meeting you can mention food. Phone: (712) 432-5200 • Access code: 4285115

Thank you Kara M. for this great cartoon.

Now Ocean and Bay is on Facebook

If you're a member of Facebook, please consider dropping by our Facebook page and giving us a like. The more likes we get, the more people will see us. That means more chances to help the still sick and suffering compulsive overeaters out there.

You can find us at: https://www.facebook.com/oceanandbay

Let's invite the world to rip us off

The Ocean and Bay Intergroup has created a beautiful outreach flyer to carry the message and attract those who are sick and suffering from compulsive eating. Please consider doing service as suggested in our 5th tradition by taking a flyer(s) and hanging it in your local community. Places you can post are the library, grocery store, your doctor’s office or anywhere that has a community bulletin board. Download the poster and print it out on your own printer. Please remember to cut the little tabs at the bottom so people can easily tear off that information. To view or download the flyer, click here. Also, you can have a poster sent to you by emailing your full name and address to: nancy@oceanandbay.org.

Thank you!

Nancy H, Chair of Ocean and Bay Intergroup

Now Rhode Island, Southeastern Massachusetts and Southeastern Connecticut OA fits into your pocket

We have a new website! It takes a lot of time to do this; thank you to all involved for your service and look forward to sharing the new look farther down the road. The meetings are much easier to access from a cell phone as well.

Give it a try: https://oceanandbay.org/

Click here for a list of OA events

Ocean and Bay Intergroup Mtg

April 4, 6:30-7:30 pm


Zoom Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 831 1095 1408

Passcode: 247365


I put my hand in yours, and together we can do what we could never do alone. No longer is there a sense of hopelessness, no longer must we each depend upon our own unsteady willpower. We are all together now, reaching out our hands for power and strength greater than ours, and as we join hands, we find love and understanding beyond our wildest dreams.

Intergroup Board


All Intergroup Board Members:  



Nancy H. chair@oceanandbay.org

Vice Chair: 

Kara M.



Sema P.


Recording Secretary: 

Diane C.


Social Media:

Michelle H.






Eileen S.


Region 6 Delegates:

Diane C - secretary@oceanandbay.org

Kara M. - vice-chair@oceanandbay.org

Nancy H - chair@oceanandbay.org

Newsletter Editor:

Mike M.


Webteam: webteam@oceanandbay.org




Meetings Coordinator: meetings@oceanandbay.org

Twelfth Tradition

"Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all these Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities..."

We appreciate your contributions which help support spreading the message of recovery.

Please mail donations to:

Ocean and Bay Intergroup

Attn: Treasurer

PO Box 2243, East Greenwich, RI 02818

Note: Make checks payable to Ocean and Bay Intergroup


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You are welcome at any OA meeting, and we hope you’ll try many of the meetings on our Connecticut Intergroup and oa.org meeting lists! Some of our members find they also benefit from OA meetings with members who share similar experiences, so we are sharing this list of some of the special focus resources that are available in OA.


100 Pounders: Click Here


American Sign Language & Closed Caption – This meeting offers ASL interpretation Tuesdays at 8:00 pm Eastern: ASL Tues 8pm


Anorexics and Bulimics in OA – special focus meetings: Anorexics/Bulimics in OA


Asian-Pacific Islander OA Click Here


Atheist, Agnostics, Secular - special focus meetings: Click Here


Bariatric Surgery - Click Here


BIPOC (Black, Indigenous & People of Color) – special focus meetings: BIPOC Intergroup


Health Issues - Click Here


LGBTQ special focus meetings for OA: bit.ly/ckslist and Click Here


OAMen.org is dedicated to distributing information about meetings, resources, and support for men in OA: Men in OA


Young People in OA – resources for those under 30 who suffer from compulsive eating include Meetings for young persons and https://oa.org/young-people/



For more special focus meetings, you can go to OA.org:

  • go to Find a Meeting 
  • select a type of meeting (face-to-face, online, telephone, or non-real-time)
  • click on "additional search options" and select the desired special focus

Stay Connected!

Region 6

OA World Service

Ocean & Bay Intergroup

Central Mass Intergroup

Coastal Maine and Southern Maine Intergroups

Connecticut Intergroup

Mass Bay Intergroup

Metro West Intergroup

New Hampshire Intergroup

North Shore Intergroup

Seacoast Intergroup

South Coastal Mass Intergroup

Green Mountain North Intergroup

Western Mass Intergroup

Mission & Vision Ocean & Bay Intergroup is dedicated to supporting individuals in need of recovery from compulsive eating (e.g.: overeating, bulimia, anorexia) through carrying the OA message and empowering all meetings within the Intergroup. 


Strategic Goals 

1. Help members strengthen their personal recovery 

2. Increase the number of sponsors 

3. Increase the number of newcomers 

4. Increase the retention of newcomers 

5. Help those in relapse 

6. Inspire people to give more service 

7. Increase outreach activities, including outreach to members and healthcare professionals 

Please note that every effort has been made to adhere to OA's policy for newsletter publications. Opinions and experiences expressed within are those of the individual writer and not OA as a whole. 

SUBMISSIONS: This is your newsletter! We welcome your contributions of news items or commentary.* Deadline: 1st of each month. Example: Deadline 6/1 for June newsletter.

Please email : newsletter@oceanandbay.org

You are also invited to be one of the members who provides answers for a Q&A.

Again, just send us a note to: newsletter@oceanandbay.org

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Ocean and Bay Intergroup

PO Box 2243, East Greenwich, RI 02818

Note: Make checks payable to Ocean and Bay Intergroup