Big Book Weekend Workshop

BigBookWeekend_2019What will happen at this Workshop? We will be led through the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous through the eyes of OA.

Not sure what the Big Book is? Come for a weekend of fellowship and find out!

“If a mere code of morals or a betterphilosophy of life were sufficient to overcome compulsive eating, many of us would have recovered long ago…

… Lack of power, that was our dilemma. We had to find a power by which we could live, and it had to be a Power greater than ourselves. Obviously. But where and how were we to find this Power?

Well, that’s exactly what this book is about.Its main object is to enable you to find a Power greater than yourself which will solve your problem.”

Paraphrased from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous Pages 44 and 45.

Understanding (and then working) the Steps outlined in the Big Book is essential to our recovery. Here’s your big chance to do a Big Book study intensive without going away or spending a lot of money!

Join us at the Firefighters’ Hall in Burnaby (at Metrotown),May 3-5. Early registration is $59 by April 15.

For more information or to register, click here.
Questions? Cheri at 604.773.1232.

December 2018 Holiday Meeting Information

Give yourself the gift of an abstinent holiday …


Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24

  • Shaughnessy Meeting (730 pm, Fairview Baptist Church, 1708 West 16thAvenue, Vancouver) will be open.
  • Monday Night LifeLiners (730 pm, Avalon Women’s Centre in White Rock) will be open. Please note that due to a building policy, this meeting is for women only.

Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25

  • There will be a special meeting at Fairview Baptist (1708 West 16thAvenue, Vancouver) at 730 pm on Christmas Night. Contact: Chelsea – 604-836-8715.
  • The Coquitlam meeting (715 pm, King of Life Church, 1198 Falcon Drive) will be open.
  • OA Study Hall at the Alano Club (176 East 2nd) in North Vancouver will be CLOSED.
  • People in Recovery (Three Bridges, 1128 Hornby Street) will be CLOSED.

New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31

  • Shaughnessy Meeting (730 pm, Fairview Baptist Church, 1708 West 16thAvenue, Vancouver) will be open.
  • Monday Night Lifeliners (730 pm, Avalon Women’s Centre in White Rock) will be CLOSED.

New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1

  • OA Study Hall at the Alano Club (176 East 2nd) in North Vancouver will be open.
  • The Coquitlam meeting (715 pm, King of Life Church, 1198 Falcon Drive) will be open.
  • People in Recovery (Three Bridges, 1128 Hornby Street) will be CLOSED.

Intergroup’s December Meeting:  A reminder that the “December” meeting of Intergroup will not be held on the last Saturday in December.  Instead, we will meet on Saturday, January 5, 2019at 10 am, at Unity in Action Church, 1630 Edinburgh Street, New Westminster.

Holiday Phone Marathons

OA Virtual Services has phone marathons through the holidays as well.  The schedule is below.  To join the call, dial 712-432-5200 and enter Conference ID 4285115# (long distance charges may apply depending on your phone plan – this call originates in the USA).

Date Holiday Theme
Monday, December 24 Christmas Eve Day The Dawn of a New Spirit
Tuesday, December 25 Christmas Day Experiencing the Joy of the Promises
Wednesday, December 26 Kwanzaa/Boxing Day Sharing Our Experience, Strength and Hope
Monday, December 31 New Year’s Eve Day Progress not Perfection
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 New Year’s Day Awareness is the First Step

You can also find information on how to attend virtual meetings by phone, online, and other media here:

Intergroup Phone Buddies

You are not alone in OA.  We have Intergroup Phone Buddies available through the holidays if you need to reach out.  Our phone buddies are:

  • Christa S – 778-870-0831 (call or text; 24 hours)
  • Gail L – 604-299-1115 (call only; 24 hours)
  • Tim C – 778-835-6469 (call or text; 24 hours)

A joyous, abstinent holiday season to all! 


12th Step Within Conference Call

Region One is hosting a special speaker meeting conference call in honour of OA’s Twelfth Step Within Day. Please join us for this one-hour meeting on December 12, 2018 at 7pm PST. Our speaker will share experience, strength and HOPE for approximately thirty minutes followed by open sharing. (If possible, please dial in a bit early to join the call.)

ALL interested OA members are welcome on this call. Please share this information with your OA friends or someone who would like to learn more about OA. Speaker meetings are a great way to hear a more in-depth version of someone’s OA story.

The call will be recorded to add to Region One website’s audio resources page found at:

Method Instructions Notes
Online You may need to download the Free Conference Call installer before you can join the call. Please plan a bit of extra time for this process.
USA Call: (515) 739-1458
Code/PIN: 781502
Canada First try: (515) 739-1458

After try (781) 838-3270 or
(781) 838-3755

Code/PIN: 781502

Back-up numbers are needed because Canadian phone companies “block” lines they determine conference call lines.

You may incur charges if you do not have US long-distance as part of your service. Consider joining the meeting using the online method (above).


Thanksgiving Every Day

Gratitude lists are a tool that helps me see the glass half full every day. I joined OA about three years ago. It’s been quite the journey so far. I’m slowly, imperfectly, and gradually transforming the way that I think and the way I react to life.

One of the things that is slowly changing is my sense of contentment. It appears that, currently, I generally see the glass half-empty. I tend to notice the things that are absent in my life, the flaws in events, and the imperfections in everything around me. I have been plagued by this feeling that what I have is never quite good-enough. This inevitably leads me to feel discontent and miserable.

One of the tools that I use now to slowly transform my way of thinking is to make “gratitude lists”. I list five to ten things that I have in my life that I am grateful for. Sometimes I say my list outloud, as I commute to work, sometimes I email my list to my sponsor, and recently I have been texting them to a girlfriend.

When I do this simple exercise, I focus on all the beautiful things I have in my life. I realize how truly blessed I am instead of focussing on what I don’t have. Gratitude shifts my focus from looking at what I am missing and reminds me of the things that I have. As by miracle, I feel full, content. It always lifts my mood.

gratitude_changes_everythingIn the beginning of my recovery, my sponsor encouraged me to do gratitude lists. Now, time and time again, in different ways, my HP has reminded me to do this as well. I sometimes forget and go weeks without doing my list, and then, I am reminded, and I do them again.

I am grateful for the program, for learning this simple and powerful tool. I am grateful that I am reminded, by my sponsor, by fellows or by my HP (through my fellows), to make gratitude lists.

Slowly but surely, with the help of the 12 Step program, I am becoming a different person. A person content with what life has given me; it is truly enough.

~ Anonymous

The Road to Relapse …

From the September OA Sea to Sky newsletter 

What is the road to relapse? It may well be practicing the 12 Steps in reverse! If you’re struggling, does this sound familiar?

12. Having let up on our spiritual program as a result of not doing the Steps daily, and putting our personal priorities ahead of carrying the message, we let our fellows fend for themselves and once again practiced our own ideas.

11. Let our conscious contact with God as we understood himlapse by not making time to meditate and praying only in emergencies for our will to be carried out.

10. Slacked off on personal inventory and when we were wrong, denied or hid it.

9. Forgot about finishing list of amends because it’s in the past now, we are doing fine, we want to leave the past in the past and just move on.

8. Rationalized the harm we had done others by justifying that no one had been hurt by us more than we had been hurt by them and so we decided it’s even.

7. Prayer is “I’ve Gotta Be Me.” We decide it is more important to take some time to work on ourselves which includes loving and forgiving ourselves before we can love and forgive others

6. Become unwilling to see that there are defects of character that need removing.

5. Decided to once again stuff down deep inside ourselves all the harm we have done. Pride tells us we don’t need to admit to ourselves, to God, and to anyone else that we did anything harmful; fear tells us we must not admit it.

4. Quickly cast a weak flashlight over our moral inventory and focused on what’s wrong with the world and everyone else to avoid focusing on ourselves.

3. Made a decision to keep our will and our lives totally in our own control, because we don’t understand God and think we won’t get what we want.

2. Came to believe that we still have some good ideas in how to solve our problems and are unwilling to accept outside help from God or a sponsor.

1. We decided that we “got this” and have no interest in compulsive overeating and binge foods. Now we have information, determination and fear, plus sit in on some OA meetings, we will be fine. – Anonymous

The Road to Recovery

In fact, there’s only twelve things we have to do to recover: 1. Admit; 2. Come to believe; 3. Make a decision; 4. Make an inventory; 5. Admit some more; 6. Become ready; 7. Ask; 8. Become willing; 9. Make amends; 10. Continue; 11. Improve; and 12. Carry this message.

If you’re struggling, OA’s helpful relapse-prevention document “Been Slipping and Sliding? A Reading and Writing Tool” is updated with page references for the OA 12 & 12, 2nd edition.

Passport to Unity


As heard at the Passport to Unity Workshop, hosted by the NorthShore OA group on June 24, 2018 –

The most useful “take-away” I learned today is:

Abstinence opens the door to dealing with one’s mental and spiritual problems. – Anonymous All of it. It was a wonderful day. Thank you so much. – Patti H.

Be open to new possibilities. – Sue A.

Continued reminders of how similar the experiences of people in OA are. It’s useful to hear other people’s stories and identify with them as it helps dispel the disease’s assertion that we are alone. – Anonymous.

Cravings aren’t commands. – Kathleen A.
Cravings are an early warning signal that I need to reconnect with my HP. – Anonymous

Food is an issue for a lot of reasons. Program works for us all. HP uses whatever you have. – Anonymous.

Forgiveness is not permission. – Anonymous.

How important service is! – Kia E.

I am not in charge! – Anonymous.

I am powerless over everything, food included. – Kelsey F.

I am powerless over reading glasses, just like food addiction. “I’ve got this” is a danger thought. – Kathleen A.

“I realized I am not triggered by specific foods, but by specific states of mind. When I binge, I just don’t want to feel anything. I have to allow myself to feel to heal.” – Anonymous

It is important men in OA work with men so they learn to support each other and not rely only on women for the emotional support / intelligence – they need that for their recovery. – Anonymous

It’s going to be waste material whether I eat it or not. – Wendy A.

Key: be GENTLE with myself. – Kathleen A.

“Lower your expectations, raise your performance.” – Anonymous

No matter how different our struggles are, we can learn from each other. It’s the same disease, but there’s many paths to recovery. – Victor M.

Service is playing nicely with others. – Kathleen A.

So much… Important to use the tools like this workshop. “Blessed beyond measure”. – Susanne H.

That I am powerless – I’m a food addict. – Mellissa R.

The idea that bingeing starts with pleasure but ends with me as my own jailor, throwing scraps to my skeletal starving soul. – Anonymous.

“There is no reason to keep eating, you just had a big meal!” – Ashley M.

There is room for differences in OA. Not all recover exactly the same way. And a stronger commitment to my recovery. – Pat C.

“When I lost the weight but didn’t lose the hate (of myself), I relapsed. The first time I was so angry, then I finally got Step 1 – without shame, without guilt.” – Anonymous.

Women struggle in program with isolation with other women. Some women in program feel more comfortable with men. – Tim C.

Work the Steps. – Anonymous