We are lucky that so many Overeaters Anonymous (OA) Intergroups host podcast channels, but there is still a lot of god-talk to wade through. Here is a curated list of shares by secular and spiritual fellows including atheists, agnostics, buddhists, pantheists, and others.
Do you have a favorite secular episode? Send us the details including the link, fellow’s name, date and short description, and we’ll post it.
Secular Overeaters (this website) now has a podcast! We’ll post recordings from SO events (like the Thank-a-thon), the Sponsor Speaker Series, secular meeting shares, and more. Do a search on your favorite podcast app and subscribe today!
Overeaters Anonymous Secular Podcast for Atheists, Agnostics, and Freethinkers
Secular members of Overeaters Anonymous share their experience, strength and hope with recovering from compulsive overeating. Subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes, or your favorite platform. Recorded at a virtual OA meeting for atheists, agnostics, and freethinkers on Saturday at 8AM (PT) / 11AM (ET). Meeting login information can be found at secularoa.org/meetings.
The East Bay Unity Intergroup, located in the San Francisco Bay Area, recently launched a new podcast channel. Episodes include long shares from the Emeryville Freethinkers Monday meeting where the monthly speaker topic is Steps Two, Three, and Eleven.
Search for “Overeaters Anonymous East Bay” in your favorite podcast app or listen to a few of the podcasts listed below.
The Los Angeles Intergroup (LAIG) Virtual Speakers’ Bureau has by far the largest collection of OA fellow podcasts. Most are hosted on their website, but you can also subscribe to their channel on many podcast apps.
This secular organization for alcoholics offers really high-quality podcasts covering a variety of recovery topics examined through an agnostic lens, including: sobriety, secular 12-Step history, the Steps and Traditions, and different professions in recovery (like “Doctors in Recovery” or “Teachers in Recovery.” In addition, each podcast is transcribed and there are photos; overall a very professional presentation.
Check the Secular podcast 2019 section below for two great interviews focused on food addictions.
These speakers are self-identified as atheists, agnostics, or having a non deity focussed spiritual practice. As we continue to add new podcasts, the more recent ones will be at the top of the list.
102421 | Secular Overeaters Community Gathering #4, Part 1 | Initiative Updates | 17 min
Get updates on the eight SO Initiatives: Community Name, Events, Literature, Meetings, Newcomers, Practical Tips, Sponsoring, and OA Secular Special Focus Service Board.
102421 | Secular Overeaters Community Gathering #4, Part 2 | Recovery Inventory | min
Alan leads the gathering through a Recovery Inventory exercise, which you can do at home or with a friend! Instructions (pdf, 1 page)
102421 | Secular Overeaters Community Gathering #4, Part 3 | Jeffrey Munn | 66 min
Author Jeffrey Munn talks about his recovery, his book Staying Sober Without God, and takes questions from the gathering.
071721 | Tradition Seven | Doris | 20 min | East Bay Unity Intergroup
Doris, an atheist, talks about how she integrates the Seventh Tradition in her daily life. This will blow your mind!
061321 | Secular Overeaters Community Gathering #3, Part 1 | Initiative Updates | 15 min
Learn about the eight SO Initiatives: Community Name, Events, Literature, Meetings, Newcomers, Practical Tips, Sponsoring, and OA Secular Special Focus Service Board.
061321 | Secular Overeaters Community Gathering #3, Part 2 | Recovery Circles | 13 min
Find out how to create a Recovery Circle, a small group of 3-6 people who commit to meet on a regular basis to promote their recovery. Handout (pdf, 3 pages)
061321 | Secular Overeaters Community Gathering #3, Part 3 | John Sheldon | 41 min
John Sheldon started his podcast, Beyond Belief Sobriety, in 2015. He shares his involvement in the secular AA community and history of agnostics in AA, and takes questions from the gathering.
032921 | Sponsor Workshop | Relapse | Alan | 23 min
Sponsor Alan talks through four warning signs of relapse (OA Program, Physical, Emotional/Spiritual, and Life Triggers) and offers suggestions for recovery. Link: Relapse Prevention Support Group Workshop
032221 | Sponsor Workshop | Slogans | Rachel | 27 min
Sponsor Rachel is back again and she shares favorite slogans and role models with a sponsee how to apply one to everyday problems. Handout: Slogans that have helped
031521 | Jenne | Apple Podcast | Pocket Cast | Soundcloud | Spotify | 21 min | East Bay Unity Intergroup, Freethinkers
The Tools and outside secular resources are key to her recovery.
031521 | Sponsor Workshop | Study Groups | Rachel | 25 min
Sponsor Rachel leads us through available resources that can help us form Step Study groups. Resources: 12 Step Workshop and Study Guide, OA 12 Step Workbook, and and Exploring Abstinence through Writing.
030821 | Sponsor Workshop | Service | Paula | 32 min
Sponsor Paula shares the importance of service in recovery which can include simple acts such as putting away shopping carts and volunteering to reading at meetings or taking on a weekly service commitment. Handout: Forms of Service
022221 | Sponsor Workshop | Steps 8 & 9 | Rachel | 28 min
Sponsor Rachel shares how she personally completed the 8th and 9th Steps and provides a framework for how to make amends to yourself. Includes Q&A with other sponsors and members.
021221 | Frank | Apple Podcast | Soundcloud | Spotify | 21 min | East Bay Unity Intergroup, Freethinkers
A 100-pounder, in OA for over 40 years, scientist Frank discusses spiritual practices as an atheist.
021521 | Sponsor Workshop | Exercise | Alan | 21 min
Sponsor Alan shares how to include exercise as part of your action plan. Q&A leads to a discussion about extra skin.
020121 | Sponsor Workshop | Positivity | Alan | 32 min
Sponsor Alan shares how positivity can change behavior. Ways to implement positivity can include mindful eating, exercise, laughter, social connection, positive media, music, affirmations, and pet therapy. Suggested positive affirmation app (ThinkUp) and positive music (Empty Hands Music).
012521 | Sponsor Workshop | Daily Inventories | Laura & Kimberly | 27 min
Sponsors Laura and Kimberly share various ways to practice 10th step daily inventories. Includes Q&A with other sponsors and members. Handouts: Vowel Inventory and
011121 | Sponsor Workshop | Outreach | Allie S | 33 min
Sponsor Allie S shares how to use the phone, texting, email, or WhatsaApp to stay connected. Includes role plays and Q&A with other sponsors and members. Handout: Outreach
010421 | Sponsor Workshop | Listening Tools | Jim D | 27 min
Sponsor Jim shares several good listening practices to use as a sponsor or listening buddy. Includes Q&A with other sponsors and members. Handout: Listening Skills
122920 | Secular Overeaters | 50 min | AA Beyond Belief Episode 203
Jenne M and Jim D, both secular members of Overeaters Anonymous talk about their struggles with food, the difficulty they encountered as atheists in OA, their experiences with starting secular OA groups, and their new website secularovereaters.org.
122820 | Sponsor Workshop | Action Plans | Rachel B | 33 min
Sponsor Rachel talks about how to create and use action plans, role plays with a fellow, and answers audience questions. Handouts: Action Plans and Slogans.
121420 | Sponsor Workshop | Developing a Food Plan | Allie S and Arlene O | 19 min
Sponsors Arlene and Allie share food plans.
120720 | Sponsor Workshop | Identifying Food Behaviors and Approaches | Arlene O and Allie S | 24 min
Sponsors Allie and Arlene share their different approaches.
113020 | Sponsor Workshop | Secular Sponsoring | Vini T and Sue J | 19 min
Sponsor Vini T shares what it was like and how she sponsors. Then Vini and her sponsee, Sue, demonstrate how they worked on an issue together.
112620 | Bertha | SO Hosted | 25 min | Secular Overeaters
Secular Overeaters Thank-a-thon Speaker 1
112620 | Meghan | SO Hosted | 20 min | Secular Overeaters
Secular Overeaters Thank-a-thon Speaker 2
111420 | Grecia | Apple Podcast | Pocket Cast | Soundcloud | Spotify | 20 min | East Bay Unity Intergroup, Freethinkers
Topic: The Tools. Was morbidly obese, used food to cope with feelings, often felt “fake” hunger. His #1 Tool is Plan of Eating.
110720 | Alan S | OA 2020 Region 7 Convention | 33 min | Atheists and Agnostic Workshop
Hundred pounder. Shares his OA story and practices. Insecure childhood, was in foster care, sugar and school saved him, went to OA at 20, impressed by authentic shares at meetings, and decided to stay and slowly recovered.
102420 | Melissa | Apple Podcast | Pocket Cast | Soundcloud | Spotify | 20 min | East Bay Unity Intergroup, Berkeley Saturday AM
Topic: Changes since joining OA. Higher power-using agnostic with a Buddhist practice, came from a fundamentalist background.
101720 | Bertha R | Apple Podcast | Pocket Cast | Soundcloud | Spotify | 23 min | East Bay Unity Intergroup, Freethinkers
Grew up in a theocracy (Ireland), abuse survivor. Had a problem with the Steps, especially a male God, follows an internal blueprint that guides her to do the next best thing.
061519 | John K | Apple Podcast | Los Angeles Intergroup OA Virtual Speakers Bureau
A raving atheist.
041519 | Martha S | Apple Podcast | Pocket Cast | Soundcloud | Spotify | 21 min | East Bay Unity Intergroup, Freethinkers
Martha describes herself as a pantheist. She escaped her Alabama fundamentalist upbringing and her food addiction. She has been abstinent for more than 30 years.
080818 | Dr Vera Tarman | Apple Podcast | 39 min | AA Beyond Belief Episode 99
Dr Tarman talks about sugar and food addiction, author of the book, “Food Junkies: The Truth About Food Addiction.”
050418 | Lee | Apple Podcast | 36 min | AA Beyond Belief Episode 87
From London, England, godless recovery in OA without a “fluffy hippie god.” Advice for avoiding compulsive food behaviors when having uncomfortable feelings: #1, How do I feel in 10 words or less; #2, It’s okay to feel, this will pass; and #3 Do something different.
050617 | Dane S | LAIG Speakers Bureau | 36 min | Los Angeles Intergroup OA Virtual Speakers Bureau
His HP is the people in the room.
These speakers did not self-identify as atheist or agnostic, but their shares are mostly God-free.
103120 | Meg F | Apple Podcast | Pocket Cast | Soundcloud | Spotify | 23 min | East Bay Unity Intergroup, Berkeley Saturday AM
Topic: “The Doctor’s Opinion” in the Big Book. We have an allergy of the body and need to put down our alcoholic foods. Had a spiritual awakening: stopped blaming others, lets people be their own person, and listens to others.
101020 | Coco | Apple Podcast | Pocket Cast | Soundcloud | Spotify | 21 min | East Bay Unity Intergroup, Berkeley Saturday AM
Topic: Sponsors. She realized she’s not the same person she was when she entered the program, so she shouldn’t have the same abstinence. Talks about her sponsor as a “loving witness.”
100320 | Jo | Apple Podcast | Pocket Cast | Soundcloud | Spotify | 22 min | East Bay Unity Intergroup, Berkeley Saturday AM
Topic: the 10th Step. Jo was born rattled and food soothed her. Lost 160 lbs, now focuses on being herself, and being the light.
070420 | Harriet | Apple Podcast | Pocket Cast | Soundcloud | Spotify | 20 min | East Bay Unity Intergroup, Berkeley Saturday AM
Lost 120+ pounds, currently eight months pregnant, no god-talk in her share.
090118 | Ziva R | LAIG Virtual Speakers’ Bureau | 40 min
Did not believe in God but now an HP lives in her heart. She’s really funny!