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Welcome to Connecticut Intergroup

Overeaters Anonymous is a Fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. We welcome everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively.

There are no dues or fees for members; we are self-supporting through our own contributions, neither soliciting nor accepting outside donations. OA is not affiliated with any public or private organization, political movement, ideology or religious doctrine; we take no position on outside issues.

Our primary purpose is to abstain from compulsive eating and to carry the message of recovery through the Twelve Steps of OA to those who still suffer.

Announcements for September 21, 2014

  • Keeping Connected September/October Edition


    Read the first edition of our
    Connecticut Intergroups newsletter.

    Contribute to future editions!

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  • North Canaan's 10th Anniversary Meeting


    3 Great Speakers sharing on
    Physical, Spiritual and Emotional Recovery

    Monday, October 20, 2014 7:00 - 8:30 PM

    Pilgrim House
    30 Granite Avenue
    North Canaan, CT 06018

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  • Manchester's 21st Anniversary Meeting

    The Just for Today OA Meeting is having its 21st Anniversary!

    Join us in celebrating the Three Legged Stool of Recovery with 3 amazing speakers

    Monday, September 29, 2014 7:00 - 8:30 PM

    RAFFLE, FELLOWSHIP and DOOR PRIZES

    St. Mary's Episcopal Church
    41 Park Street
    Manchester, CT

  • Connecticut OA Intergroup New Address

    Connecticut OA Intergroup
    PO Box 331472
    West Hartford, CT 06133

  • New East Hartford Meeting

    East Hartford Meeting (Saturday 6PM) starts on September 6th

    Faith Lutheran Church
    1120 Silver Lane

    OA LA podcast and discussion
    Contact Sue P. at 860-759-5662

    See Meetings for more details


  • New Torrington Meeting

    Torrington Meeting (Saturday 9 - 10 AM) starts on September 6th

    See Meetings for more details

Are you a compulsive eater? Here are 15 Questions to help you decide!

Overeaters Anonymous is a Fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. We welcome everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively.

There are no dues or fees for members; we are self-supporting through our own contributions, neither soliciting nor accepting outside donations. OA is not affiliated with any public or private organization, political movement, ideology or religious doctrine; we take no position on outside issues.

Our primary purpose is to abstain from compulsive eating and to carry the message of recovery through the Twelve Steps of OA to those who still suffer.

In Overeaters Anonymous, you'll find members who are extremely overweight, even morbidly obese; moderately overweight; average weight; underweight; still maintaining periodic control over their eating behavior; or totally unable to control their compulsive eating.

OA members experience many different patterns of food behaviors. These "symptoms" are as varied as our membership. Among them are:

  • obsession with body weight, size and shape
  • eating binges or grazing
  • preoccupation with reducing diets
  • starving
  • laxative or diuretic abuse
  • excessive exercise
  • inducing vomiting after eating
  • chewing and spitting out food
  • use of diet pills, shots and other medical interventions to control weight
  • inability to stop eating certain foods after taking the first bite
  • fantasies about food
  • vulnerability to quick-weight-loss schemes
  • constant preoccupation with food
  • using food as a reward or comfort

Our symptoms may vary, but we share a common bond: we are powerless over food and our lives are unmanageable. This common problem has led those in OA to seek and find a common solution in the Twelve Steps, the Twelve Traditions and eight tools of Overeaters Anonymous.

  • Acceptance of you - as you are now, as you were, as you will be.
  • Understanding of the problems you now face - problems almost certainly shared by others in the group.
  • Communication that comes as the natural result of our mutual understanding and acceptance.
  • Recovery from your illness.
  • Power to enter a new way of life through the acceptance and understanding of yourself, the practice of the Twelve-Step recovery program, the belief in a power greater than yourself, and the support and companionship of the group
  • What you WON'T find at OA meetings are weigh-ins, packaged meals, dues, fees, "shoulds," "musts" or judgment

OA is not a diet club, and makes no claims for weight loss. The concept of abstinence is the basis of OA's program of recovery. By admitting inability to control compulsive overeating in the past and abandoning the idea that all one needs is "a little willpower," it becomes possible to abstain from overeating—one day at a time.

While a diet can help us lose weight, it often intensifies the compulsion to overeat. The solution offered by OA does not include diet tips. We don't furnish food plans or diets, counseling services, hospitalization or treatment; nor does OA participate in or conduct research and training in the field of eating disorders. For weight loss, any medically approved eating plan is acceptable.

OA members interested in learning about nutrition or who seek professional advice are encouraged to consult qualified professionals. We may freely use such help, with the assurance that OA supports each of us in our efforts to recover.

Overeaters Anonymous has no dues or fees for membership. It is entirely self-supporting through contributions and sale of publications. Most groups "pass the basket" at meetings to cover expenses. OA does not solicit or accept outside contributions.

OA has no central government and a minimum of formal organization. At the local, regional, and international levels responsible members serve OA and its fellowship by volunteering to organize and lead meetings, conduct activities and sit on the Board of Trustees.

The World Service Office is a service center whose main function is to carry the OA message to the many compulsive overeaters who still suffer. The World Service Office publishes and distributes literature,maintains records on all registered groups, intergroups, regions and national service boards, and issues meeting directories. The World Service Office also acts as a public information clearing house.

The idea of OA came to cofounder Rozanne S. at a Gamblers Anonymous (GA) meeting she attended with a compulsive gambling friend in 1958. As GA members shared their stories, she heard her story—not of gambling, but of compulsive overeating. She knew then that the Twelve-Step and Twelve-Tradition program founded by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and modeled by GA offered her a chance to change her life and reduce her 152-pound body to a size that would fit her 5-foot-2-inch frame. Not until 1960, when her weight had increased to 161 pounds, could she find other people who shared her convictions.

Her chance meeting with a new neighbor, Jo S., gave Rozanne strength in numbers, even if it was only one person. Together they found another compulsive overeater, Bernice S., and convened the first OA meeting in Hollywood, California, January 19, 1960.

Today, about 7,000 OA groups meet each week in over 52 countries. With OA divided into 10 regions worldwide and nearly 400 intergroups, it helps thousands of compulsive overeaters find themselves through a threefold recovery: physical, emotional and spiritual (from Recovery into the Millennium, copyright 2000, OA, Inc.).

(For more on OA's history, read Beyond Our Wildest Dreams ).

Come join us for our intergroup meetings and find out how service to others can enhance your recovery. There are many opportunities for service.

CT Intergroup meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00p.m. Elmwood Community Church, 26 Newington Rd, West Hartford, CT 06110 Contact: Robin (860)693-1969

Download Flyer to Distribute to your area meeting

Need a speaker for your meeting? Contact: daniel.ct.oa@gmail.com



Permission to use copyrighted OA materials on this site has been granted by The World Service Office of Overeaters Anonymous, Inc.
This site was established in April 2002, and is maintained by the Connecticut Intergroup of Overeaters Anonymous.