San Diego County Intergroup Incorporated of Overeaters Anonymous

Newcomers? Need help? Call us (619) 521-2538

What Is OA About?

Overeaters Anonymous is a Fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength, and hope, are recovering from compulsive eating behaviors. Whether compulsive overeating, under-eating, food addiction, anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, excessive exercise, any combination of these, or any other compulsive eating behavior is a problem for you, we welcome you. 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 eating and compulsive food behaviors and to carry the message of recovery through the Twelve Steps of OA to those who still suffer.

Do I belong in OA?

Our symptoms may vary, but we share a common bond: we are powerless over food, and our lives have become unmanageable. This common problem has led those in OA to seek and find a common solution in the Twelve Steps with the assistance of the Twelve Traditions of OA and our nine Tools.

How does OA work?

We in OA believe we have a threefold illness—physical, emotional, and spiritual. Tens of thousands have found that OA’s Twelve Step program brings recovery on all three levels. The Twelve Steps embody a set of actions we take. These Steps put us in touch with a Higher Power who restores us to sanity. As we work the Steps, we let go of old attitudes, and we find we are being relieved of our obsession with our eating disorder. Those of us who choose to work the Steps, one day at a time, achieve a new way of life with lasting freedom from our food obsession. A sponsor can help us understand how to apply the Principles of the Steps. Sponsors are members who also work the program.

What resources are available to me as I begin to work this program of recovery?

OA has extensive resources for you: For many newcomers, a good way to see if OA is for you is to answer these Fifteen Questions. OA has a bookstore where all of our publications (pamphlets, books, and audio- visual and digital products) are listed for purchase. Some of our helpful information documents are downloadable for free. Our website has member- and group-support information and extensive libraries of frequently asked questions (FAQ) for members, groups, and service bodies. On the website, you can obtain meeting information and listen to podcasts on recovery. Our website also has an event calendar where we list upcoming events submitted by our groups and service bodies around the world. There are many helpful documents on Please visit it often.

What is my next step?

Find a meeting: face-to-face, telephone, online, or non-real-time. When you go to a meeting, we highly recommend you look for a sponsor. By following the Twelve Steps, attending meetings regularly, and using the OA Tools, we are changing our lives. You will find hope and encouragement in OA. To the newcomer, we suggest attending at least six different meetings to learn the many ways OA can help you.

2019 New Definition of Abstinence and Recovery

Abstinence: The act of refraining from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors while working towards or maintaining a healthy body weight.
Recovery: Removal of the need to engage in compulsive eating behaviors.

San Diego Meetings

For changes to this meeting calendar


≫Rent-free meeting space available weeknight evenings at Kaiser Point Loma. Contact Channing (360) 929-3759 for more info.
≫Volunteer at our booth at the Diabetes Conference Sat, Oct 12, 2019, 9am-5pm. Contact Mike S. at (858) 650-9630.
≫San Diego R2 Convention 2021 Chair is Jerry J. Contact Jerry at
OA Quarterly Bulletin
WSO News Bulletin May 2019


Reach Out Newsletter
Meeting Directory of San Diego County OA
September Urban Retreat
October Men's Retreat in OCEANSIDE
October Men's Retreat in SANTA CRUZ
November New Freedom Retreat in Encino
New 7th Tradition Form
San Diego County Intergroup Inc. Bylaws

Keep Me Posted

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Other Meetings

Virtual Meetings
Orange County Meetings Phone meetings Online meetings
OA/HOW Phone Meetings

Young Persons Hotline

Kathy H. is our contact person for young people, text or call (760) 212-5656

Meeting Highlight

These meetings could use your support
Virtual Marathon Meetings are held throughout the year. More info is available. Our own OAsis can host a live Marathon if you want to help make it happen. Contact our vice chair for more info.

Our 6th tradition states:
An OA group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the OA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
Consequently, any reference or use herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not constitute or imply its endorsement or recommendation.

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Reprinted by permission of Overeaters Anonymous, Inc., World Service Office. Copyright material may not be reproduced in any manner without written permission of OA, Inc.