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OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS   South Coastal Mass Intergroup    P.O. BOX 421 Abington, MA 02351   781-925-1903

 Overeaters Anonymous
South Coastal Mass Intergroup
Are You A Compulsive Overeater?
Welcome to Overeaters Anonymous. This series of questions may help you determine if you are a compulsive overeater.

Do you eat when you're not hungry?
• Do you go on eating binges for no apparent reason?
• Do you have feelings of guilt and remorse after overeating?
• Do you give too much time and thought to food?
• Do you look forward with pleasure and anticipation to the time when you can eat alone?
• Do you plan these secret binges ahead of time?
• Do you eat sensibly before others and make up for it alone?
• Is your weight affecting the way you live your life?
• Have you tried to diet for a week (or longer), only to fall short of your goal?
• Do you resent others telling you to "use a little willpower" to stop overeating?
• Despite evidence to the contrary, have you continued to assert that you can diet "on your own" whenever you wish?
• Do you crave to eat at a definite time, day or night, other than mealtime?
• Do you eat to escape from worries or trouble?
• Have you ever been treated for obesity or a food-related condition?
• Does your eating behavior make you or others unhappy? 
Have you answered yes to three or more of these questions? If so, it is probable that you have or are well on your way to having a compulsive overeating problem. We have found that the way to arrest this progressive disease is to practice the Twelve-Step recovery program of Overeaters Anonymous.

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 overeating and to carry this message of recovery to those who still suffer.

Is OA for You?   

Only you can decide that question. No one else can make this decision for you. We who are now in OA have found a way of life which enables us to live without the need for excess food. We believe that compulsive overeating is a progressive illness, one that, like alcoholism and some other illnesses, can be arrested. Remember, there is no shame in admitting you have a problem; the most important thing is to do something about it.

What is OA
​​To remedy the emotional, physical, and spiritual illness of compulsive overeating we offer several suggestions, but keep in mind that the basis of this program is spiritual, as evidenced by the twelve steps.​​

We are not a "diet and calories" club. We do not endorse any particular plan of eating. Once we become abstinent, the preoccupation with food diminishes and in many cases leaves us entirely. We then find that to deal with our inner turmoil, we have to have a new way of thinking, of acting on life rather than reacting to it - in essence, a new way of living.  

From this vantage point, we began the twelve-step program of recovery, moving beyond the food and the emotional havoc to a fuller living experience. As a result of practicing these steps, the symptom of compulsive overeating is removed on a daily basis, achieved through the process of surrendering to something greater than ourselves; the more total our surrender, the more freely realized our freedom from food obsession.

"But I'm too weak. I'll never make it!" Don't worry, we have all thought and said the same thing. The amazing secret to the success of this program is just that: weakness. It is weakness, not strength that binds us to each other and to a higher power and somehow gives us the ability to do what we cannot do alone.

If you decide you are one of us, we welcome you with open arms. Whatever your circumstances, we offer you the gift of acceptance. You are not alone anymore. Welcome to Overeaters Anonymous. Welcome home!
Our Invitation to You                  
We of Overeaters Anonymous have made a discovery. At the very first meeting we attended, we learned that we were in the clutches of a dangerous illness, and that willpower, emotional health, and self-confidence, which some of us had once possessed, were no defense against it.

We have found that the reasons for this illness are unimportant. What deserves the attention of the still-suffering compulsive overeater is this: There is a proven, workable method by which we can arrest our illness.

The OA recovery program is patterned after that of Alcoholics Anonymous. We use AA's twelve steps and twelve traditions, changing only the words "alcoholic" and "alcohol" to "food" and "compulsive overeating."

As our personal stories attest, the twelve-step program of recovery works as well for compulsive overeaters as it does for alcoholics.

Can we guarantee you this recovery? The answer is simple. If you will honestly face the truth about yourself and the illness; if you keep coming back to meetings to talk and listen to other recovering compulsive overeaters; if you will read our literature and that of Alcoholic Anonymous with an open mind; and most important, if you are willing to rely on a power greater than yourself for direction in your life, and to take the twelve steps to the best of your ability, we believe you can indeed join the ranks of those who recover. 
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                        LOCAL  MEETINGS​​

Abington- St. Bridgets Catholic Church, 455 Plymouth St. Rte 58 at Central St. Priory Bldg Saturday Morning 10 Am SP
AVON-Baptist Church, 119 North Main street (Rt. 28).  Use the left-hand side door on left side of the church Monday 9:30-11:00 AM
BRAINTREE   Wednesday Morning --#53832~-10AM-11AM---St Claire’s Church--1244 Liberty Street--For Today -Literature Meeting- Meets in Rectory
BRAINTREE #53109-1st Cong Ch 12 Elm St. (parking lot off Steadman Ave.) in basement chapel. Mon-7-8pm SP, Tue-8-8pm SP/BG welcome. 
BRAINTREE  Friday Evening---#41023~~06:30PM-07: 30 PM--1st Congregational Church--12 Elm St.-- Step Study Meeting- Enter rear glass doors. Meets in Library Room lower level. Do not park in repair shop lot on Steadman St.
BROCKTON Tuesday Evening---#07079~07-8: 00 PM - Good Samaritan Hospital 235 N Pearl St, Brockton, Moakley Center, Radiology Conference Room-Literature Meeting
DUXBURY  Thursday Evening---#26706~07:00PM-08: 00 PM--St. John the Evangelist Church--410 Washington St. --Speaker Meeting-Meets in Library
EASTON- Holy Trinity Lutheran Chuch-143 Lincoln Street Saturday Morning
10 am Rotating Format
HINGHAM Monday Morning---#40881~10:00AM-11: 00 AM--House of Prayer Lutheran Church--916 Main St.--Big Book and Traditions-Comfortable Chairs -Handicap Access- Child and Baby Friendly

HINGHAM  -Tuesday Morning---#22331~10:00AM-11:00 AM--House of Prayer Lutheran Church--916 Main St.--Writing Meeting-Comfortable Chairs Handicap Access
HINGHAM  Friday Morning---#38098~10: 00 AM ---House of Prayer Lutheran Church--916 Main St.--Voices Of Recovery-Comfortable Chairs, Handicap
LAKEVILLE Monday Evening---#25339~07:00PM-08: 00 PM--United Church of Christ--3 Precinct St.--Literature Meeting-Handicap Access
MARION Saturday Morning---#39480~08: 00 AM ---St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church --124 Front Street--Step Meeting-Handicap Access
MARION Saturday Morning---#36400~09: 00 AM ---St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church --124 Front Street--Literature Meeting-Handicap Access
  PLYMOUTH Sunday Morning---#28542~10:30AM-12: 00 PM--Plymouth-Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital--275 Sandwich St.--Speaker Meeting-Lower level Meeting room. Funkhauser Conf. Rm Take elevator-Handicap Access
 PLYMOUTH  Tuesday Evening--#53411~-05:45PM-06: 30 PM--Plymouth-Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital--275 Sandwich St.--Big Book Study-Meets in lower level- Boynton Conf Rm-Take elevator-Handicap Access
PLYMOUTH Thursday Morning---#54845~9:30AM-10: 30 AM--St. Mary’s Parish Center--327 Court Street--across from the CVS-Step and Traditions Study-Enter side door off parking lot left side-Handicap Access
Quincy-First Presbyterian Church-270 Franklin Ave.-Thursday 6:30-7:30 pm, Back entrance, upstairs to the parlor. 90-day virtual speaker meeting. 
RANDOLPH  Monday Morning-
Moving to Avon
The Randolph Meeting has moved to the Avon 
SCITUATE-Tuesday Evening
#56257-6:30-7:30 pm St Luke's
465 First Parish Rd-
OA Step study Room-10 
STOUGHTON  Sunday Evening---#23649~06:00PM-07:00 PM--Cura Health, 909 Summer Street.-Step Study- will wait in entrance ear till 5: 55pm, then proceed to meeting room.
 **STOUGHTON  Tuesday Evening---#07079~07:00PM-08:00 PM--has moved to Good Samaritan Hospital 235 N Pearl St, Brockton, Moakley Center, Radiology Conference Room-Literature Meeting
** STOUGHTON  Friday Morning---#22103~09:30-11AM---has moved to has moved to First Cong Church, 76 Pierce St, Stoughton ( off Walnut St)  -Discussion Meeting
TAUNTON  Wednesday Evening---#01272~07:00PM-08:00 PM--First Parish Universalist Church--70 Church Green --Speaker/Literature-Meets in lower level-Enter large red side doors-(All) welcome
  ** Please check notes below to see if this meeting has temporarily moved while Library is being renovated in 2017
Of Interest To Members
Our Intergroup treasury appreciates your 7th tradition donations.  Please be sure to send along a copy of the NEW donation form so that we might thank your group and properly record the amount and the manner of the donation.
Send the entire form after filling out the top.  Please be sure to fill out the section to designate how your money is to be distributed.    
Events & Latest News
  1. 26-28 OCT
    When: October 26-28, 2018 Where: Holiday Inn by the Bay, in downtown Portland, Maine Cost: Early Bird Registration is only US $50. – coming soon. Please check back. Why: Recovery, fresh air, and fellowship. We remember “that, as we join hands, we find love and understanding beyond our wildest dreams!”
  2. update
    Stoughton meeting
    STOUGHTON Library Meetings have moved to new locations. The TUESDAY NIGHT 7 PM meeting has moved to BROCKTON at Good Samaritan Hospital, 235 N Pearl St, Moakley Center, Radiology Conference Room. Literature Meeting
  3. stoughton
    STOUGHTON Library Meetings have moved to new locations. The FRIDAY MORNING 9:30AM meeting has moved to First Cong Church, 76 Pierce St, Stoughton ( off Walnut St)
  4. June 8-10, 2018
    OA 12 Step Retreat Weekend!
    Join us for a weekend of fellowship, serenity, and recovery at the Sacred Hearts Retreat Center, Wareham, MA. located on 118 acres woodlands and waterfront on the shore of Buzzards Bay.
  5. March 24, 2018 1-3 PM Saturday,
    50Th OA Anniversary Workshop
    Topic: What contributed to your Longevity in OA? First Congregational Church, 725 Washington St, Holliston, MA
  6. 2/21/18
    UPDATE Randolph Meeting
    The Randolph Meeting has moved to the Avon Baptist Church, 119 North Main Street (Rt. 28), Avon. Use the left-hand side door on left side of church. Day and time are still Monday AM, 9:30 - 11:00
  7. June 29-July 1, 2018
    OA Region 2 Convention
    Sacramento Crowne Plaza Northeast Register online now!

Flyer-OA Retreat

 Flyer-50th OA Annv