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Martha S: Steps 6 and 7
David M: A vision for me
Carol G: Lost in the scary forest of overeating
Martha S: The principle of Step 4 is courage
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Welcome to Secular Overeaters

You are not alone. For atheists, agnostics, and others with different spiritual or religious beliefs beyond the mainstream,  “the god thing” in Overeaters Anonymous (OA)* can be hard to navigate. Theist, patriarchal, and proselytizing assumptions in OA materials can create serious barriers to recovery. And sometimes in meetings, we hear well-meaning voices claim that the only path to abstinence and recovery is through divine intervention.  

We disagree. Fellows who have decades of success working a secular program are here to share their experience as recovering overeaters (and recovering addicts)independent of religious beliefs and never having to “act as if” they believe in things they don’t.

Recovery is about healing the human spirit. Your options may vary, but no gods or miracles are required.

Get to a meeting

Find your people at an OA secular phone or Zoom meeting.

Alternative Steps

Shake off the god-talk with these secular-friendly steps.

Tools for success

This list of tools helps when food issues are front and center.

Are you a newcomer?

Find out about OA and how the secular movement can help!

Our stories

Secular stories from OA’s Lifeline magazine.

Listen to a podcast

We have curated a list of secular OA podcasts speakers.

Write a daily inventory

Try one of our six formats, and download a copy for your journal.