The Action Plan

Footwork of RecoveryAt, 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 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 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.