The Action Plan

Footwork of RecoveryAt SeacoastOA.wordpress.com, members who are willing can share their Action Plans to help others create one. Thanks to a plan recently shared by a member, we now have two samples to offer. For more information about the Action Plan, please check out the Tools of Recovery page at OA.org or the pamphlet Tools of Recovery, which is also found in the OA newcomer packet.

The Action Plan is the newest of OA’s nine Tools of Recovery. It can be as simple or as detailed as an individual member needs it to be. The Abridged Tools reading at OA.org summarizes it this way:

An action plan is the process of identifying and implementing attainable actions that are necessary to support our individual abstinence. Just like our plan of eating, it may vary widely among members and may need to be adjusted to bring structure, balance and manageability into our lives. 

The Action Plan is powerful because it can help us see our program at a glance. The Big Book tells us on page 88 that “we [addicts] are undisciplined,” and whether we are newcomers or OA veterans, the Action Plan can benefit our recovery in many ways. As our new sample shows, it can remind us of the actions we find helpful for getting and keeping our abstinence, but it’s also useful for our entire program! The sample plan shows us how the Action Plan helps us remember actions that support living the Twelve Steps in our daily lives as well as those that help carry the message of hope that OA has to offer.

What’s an Intergroup rep do, anyway?

Bill W. knew about the perks of service.

Bill W. knew about the perks of service.

“What does an Intergroup rep actually do?” We hear that question a lot, so we have created a new, downloadable description of the role. It’s now avaialble in our meeting resources area.  But right now, let’s answer the question.

First, though, why should you want to be an Intergroup rep?

  • It supports abstinence via the Service Tool.
  • It sustains your recovery as part of the 12th Step (“…we tried to carry this message to compulsive eaters”)
  • It gives back to the program that’s saved our lives.
  • It helps others like us who are still suffering.

And what’s the Intergroup do? In a nutshell it coordinates with area meetings to support them and carry the message of recovery to those who still suffer. That includes these actions:

  • providing basic services such as meeting lists, telephone hotline (603.418.4398), and this website
  • giving financial assistance to new meetings and helping struggling meetings with group inventories when asked
  • ensuring 7th Tradition money flows to Region and World Service
  • organizing special services such as recovery workshops and events, initiatives such as 12th Step Within drives, and public information beyond the group level.

Our current Year of Abstinence initiative is a blending of these services.

So, finally, what do you do as an Intergroup Rep do to support these valuable actions?

  • Attend your home meeting regularly, note what’s going on there, and alert members to upcoming Intergroup meetings
  • Attend the monthly Intergroup meeting, bring any issues or agenda items, make notes to share, vote on behalf of your home meeting, and participate in discussion.
  • Return to your home meeting and inform members of the important news that comes out of it so that they can get the benefits of what the area meetings are doing together.

Simple! And incredibly valuable to our recovery and those of others around us.

Every meeting in Seacoast Intergroup is entitled to a rep and an alternate. Please volunteer at your home group’s next business meeting. If you have any questions, drop an email to SeacoastOA@gmail.com.

Member Story #1: He Stood at the Turning Point

bill and bobToday we present our first member story, “He Stood at the Turning Point.” We’ll be archiving it in the Our Experiences area of the site so that you can read it at any time.

We offer this story and others forthcoming to help newcomers who may not yet be familiar with OA literature, such as The Brown Book, that share members’ stories. We also offer these stories to help current members who may want to read a story from someone closer to home.

Identifying with someone’s story and glimpsing the promise of recovery in it are powerful. As AA’s Big Book says,

We hope no one will consider these self-revealing accounts in bad taste. Our hope is that many [food-addicted] men and women, desperately in need, will see these pages, and we believe that it is only by fully disclosing ourselves and our problems that they will be persuaded to say, “Yes, I am one of them too; I must have this thing.”

Strong Abstinence Checklist

OA's Strong Abstinence Checklist

OA’s Strong Abstinence Checklist

2014 is SeacoastOA’s Year of Abstinence. As if on cue, OA World Service recently passed along an excellent tool, the Strong Abstinence Checklist. Click the link to download a printable PDF.

The Strong Abstinence Checklist includes twelve questions that remind us of the actions we can take to get and keep our abstinence. It also includes twelve questions for written reflection.

Here’s four ways you might find it immediately useful:

  1. Assess your abstinence anytime, anywhere
  2. Ask your sponsor to work through it with you
  3. Work through it with a sponsee to support their abstinence
  4. Use one of its questions as the topic in a discussion-format meeting.

This checklist has been added to our website and can be found on our Recovery Resources page. Please feel free to distribute it at your meetings—it is OA approved.