Welcome to your New CTIG Newsletter
Happy Fall!
October/November 2022

Recent Event Recordings:
Check out these amazing event recordings available on our website~

Holding onto Recovery: Working Steps 10-12 Workshop from 9/8/22

Happening Now:
In-person meetings are happening again - here are a few:
-Cromwell MON/6:45 PM (Mask required)
-Lakeville TUES/7:00 PM
-East Hartford WED/10:00 AM (Hybrid)
-Danielson WED/7:00 PM
-Windsor WED/7:00 PM (Hybrid)
-Litchfield THURS/7:00 PM
-Vernon THURS/7:00 PM
-West Hartford SAT/9:30 AM (Mask required)
Upcoming Events: Zoom information @: www.connecticutOA.org
-OCT 21-23
Region 6 Convention on Zoom!
Begins @10:00 am EST/Zoom
-OCT 23
Big Book Quick Step Study
3:00-4:30 pm EST/Zoom
-NOV 13
Workshop on Acceptance & Gratitude
2-4 pm EST/Zoom
-NOV 16
CTIG Quarterly Sponsor Support Meeting
7:30 pm EST/Zoom

-In addition, we're offering Newcomer Orientation Meetings
*By Request - Contact SecretaryCTIG@gmail.com
Confessions of a Convention Addict

I am an addict; I was born with a gene that ensured I would eventually have the phenomenon of craving. My primary addiction is food – certain foods, ingredients and eating behaviors – yet, thanks to OA, I am able to live in recovery a day at a time. BUT, I have another addiction… a positive addiction! 

I am a CONVENTION ADDICT! I am powerless over the urge to attend – whether in person or on Zoom! The good news is… conventions make my life more manageable! Here are some of the things I love about conventions:

- I get to hear speakers I would never meet in my local meetings!
-       There are so many great workshop topics to choose from!
-       Everything is focused on living in recovery!
-       I make new OA contacts and reconnect with friends I only see at conventions!
-       Topics range from serious to fun – and the keynote speakers are fantastic!

The #1 thing I love about conventions is … (drum roll) …

This year’s Region 6 Convention includes will offer all of the above more! New this year is a series of Step workshops and the opportunity for attendees to set up special focus meetings! It’s on Zoom again this year, so we don’t have to worry about the what will be going on with the pandemic - or a long drive!

You don’t have to be a convention addict to attend a convention, just a desire to soak up recovery with a few hundred OA members! This year’s theme is “Join Us on the Road to Recovery” – please join us October 21-23 for another great Region 6 convention! 

Connecticut Intergroup is offering up to 20 scholarships this year. If money is tight and you’d like more information on scholarships, please email Scholarship info and we’ll follow up with you to get your information. More information about the convention is available at 2022 R6 Convention Info.

-Kimberly C.

Serving As a
‘First Twelve Days’

We have both had the opportunity to be a temporary Sponsor using the First Twelve Days of Overeaters Anonymous program twice. Each time it was a rewarding experience that allowed us to grow in our own recovery. We were fortunate to carry the message of OA to women who were willing to try to improve their lives and eating behaviors through our 12 Step program of recovery. Their curiosity and eagerness to learn eased our anxieties and hesitations about sponsoring someone who was new, returning to OA or in active relapse.

Even though it is called “The First Twelve Days of Overeaters Anonymous,” we were careful to let the prospective sponsee proceed at their own pace so as not to overwhelm them. Following the instructions for Working With Others in the Big Book, we stressed that moving forward without too much delay was important to our freedom from the obsession. As with 'regular' Sponsees, we found that promptly establishing and adhering to regular meeting times was important – especially given our busy schedules, multiple sponsees and our own self-care.

Getting into a 12 Step program can be daunting when you start hearing about all of the different conference approved literature. Luckily, everything a sponsee needs to get started with OA’s First 12 Days is covered in the 'Where Do I Start' pamphlet, which is available as a free digital download as well as in the hard copy pamphlet. Almost any general OA question is answered in that pamphlet! This saves time and allowed us to talk and build a better connection. Sometimes we found that the sponsee had been looking for that kind of conversation, and that gave us the opportunity to share more of own Experience, Strength & Hope - the solutions to the disease we found by working our program.

We never told our sponsees what to do; we asked them to prepare for our sessions by reading the assigned sections of the pamphlet in advance, and to complete the writing assignments as suggested in the guidelines. The fifth tool of OA - writing - plays a critical role in the First 12 Days. Writing was essential in helping them discover if they had a compulsive overeating disease, and how it was affecting them. It gave them the freedom to admit to themselves where past attempts to control their compulsive eating were of no avail. We strengthened our own recovery by lending our respect and attention to how compulsive eating had negatively affected them physically, emotionally and spiritually. OA’s ‘First 12 Days’ set the stage for Step 1 of our OA program.

For more information about “Temporary Sponsors: Newcomers’ First Twelve Days,” click here to go to the document on oa.org.

-Jacki & Rachel


Acceptance and Gratitude

As we move into the holiday season, it’s a great time to reflect on acceptance and gratitude.

Bring your favorite passage from OA approved literature on these topics...

You will be able to share your passage with the group and have time to share your thoughts!

Sunday Nov. 13th
from 2:00-4:00 EST

See attached flyer for zoom info or
October & November
Steps and Traditions

Promises of Step 10 in the OA 12/12

-       We can “experience permanent recovery from compulsive overeating (if we) repeat, day after day, the actions that have already brought us so much healing.”

-       “Daily repetition of the actions we took in the first nine steps … become patterns … that will enable us to thrive, grow spiritually and be happy without excess food.”

-       “The Steps can, from now on, continue to remove unnecessary turmoil and pain from our lives.”

-       “More gifts are in store for us as we continue working the program and experiencing the miracle of permanent recovery, one day at a time.”

Promises of Step 11 in the OA 12/12:

-       “OA members who have made prayer and meditation a regular part of their lives have found a resource for healing and strength that cannot fail.”

-       “Our Higher Power … is always available to us, always strong enough to lift us up and set our feet on the path of life.”

-       “Practiced regularly, (prayer and meditation) open our lives to the comfort we sought in food but could never find.”

-       “Through Prayer and meditation, we align ourselves with a Higher spiritual Power that gives us everything we need to live to our fullest potential.”

(The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, 2nd edition, copyright Overeaters Anonymous, Inc. All rights reserved.”

Tradition 10

Overeaters Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the OA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.

     Bringing beliefs or community and world issues into the meeting rooms inevitably divides us and offends someone. We are inclusive. We carry the message to all. Anything that divides stays out: causes, religion, politics. We don't criticize, belittle, praise or endorse things outside OA.

-Don C., CT

Tradition 11

Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, films, television, and other public media of communication.

     OA itself cannot be anonymous or no one would know we exist. Our individual members, however, are anonymous at the public media level. At the media level we use first names and last initial only and never use a photograph. This is an important message to prospective newcomers who might want to avoid any source of help that could disclose their identity. Similarly it reinforces our tradition of principles before personalities. We are all equal. There are no media stars.

-Don C., CT

Happy “Gratitude Day”
Quotes from our literature
to celebrate
“Thanking God every day is as necessary for me as breathing... say thank you for my abstinence and my freedom from compulsive overeating.” (For Today, March 18)
“One exercise that I practice is to try for a full inventory of my blessings and then for a right acceptance of the many gifts that are mine – both temporal and spiritual. Here I try to achieve a state of joyful gratitude. When such a brand of gratitude is repeatedly affirmed and pondered, it can finally displace the natural tendency to congratulate myself on whatever progress I may have been enabled to make….” 
“When brimming with gratitude, one’s heartbeat must surely result in outgoing love, the finest emotion that we can ever know.”
(As Bill Sees It, p. 37)
The expression of gratitude for blessings received keeps alive the awareness of who I am and where I came from. For today: Prayer can be only “Thank you”—which is as appropriate in my need and distress as it is in my abundance and joy.” (For Today, 11/23)

“I am learning to stop and smell the roses, take notice of my surroundings, and have gratitude.” (Voices of Recovery, January 20)
“AA taught me that it is actually possible - though not always easy - to stop a negative or despairing train of thought and, by the use of a repeated slogan, recover a sense of gratitude which permits me to begin a positive train of thought.” (Came to Believe, p. 99)
 “Forced to adopt this new way of copying with life in order to recover from compulsive eating, we now find ourselves grateful for this program in its own right. Practicing the program has given us many gifts…” (OA 12/12, p. 74)
“When I focus on what’s good today, I have a good day…” (AA Big Book, p. 419)
“A grateful heart does not eat.” (Unknown)


Practice being grateful -
Different ways of doing a gratitude list
Good things:
Name the first three good things
that come to mind

One word gratitudes:
Using one word ONLY, what are
five things you’re grateful for?

Alphabet gratitude:
Using each letter of the alphabet, what
are 26 things you are grateful for?

Polish the dull side:
Think about something you can be gratefulfor in the middle of a difficult moment or day

Color gratitude:
Pick a color at random, and list as many things as you can that color that you’re grateful for

Just say thanks:
Who can you express gratitude to?
(Thank you emails, texts and notes are always appreciated!)


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