Welcome to the OA NoVA Intergroup Website

OA's Fifth Tradition states

Our Primary Purpose is to carry the message to the compulsive overeater who still suffers.

OA NoVA Intergroup Mission Statement

To support individuals in need of recovery from compulsive eating (e.g.: overeating, bulimia, anorexia) through empowering all meetings within the Intergroup.

* * * * * * * * * * NEW LOCATION - Monday night 8 pm meeting at Burke Gardens has moved to Abiding Peace Lutheran Church 6304 Lee Chapel Rd, Burke, VA 22015 * * * * * * * * * * Miss an OA NoVA Workshop? Listen to the Podcasts online by clicking HERE* * * * * * * * * *Upcoming Novation Topics - "On Sponsorship" due August 20th and "Gratitude List" due October 6th. Email to: * * * * * * * * * *


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Why Do I Need a Sponsor? - by Alice M.
Excerpt from October's Novations

Are you one of those who asks, “Why do I need a sponsor? I’m strong, independent and capable. I get this program and I can do this. I’m abstinent (for now), attend meetings, read the literature, call people. I’m doing great.”

Well, let me share why I need a sponsor:

First of all, because my sponsor ...



My Program-Relevant Analogy - by Kerri
Excerpt from October's Novations

I now look at my OA sponsor like I do my fitness trainer: she pushes me to do the work I can do but would not do on my own; she helps push me beyond my comfort level; she guides me down the path that will make me a stronger, more spiritually fit person. It is a painful process (like a hard workout), and it’s not convenient (neither is getting up and going to the gym), but my spiritual “muscles” will not grow—and will atrophy—if I do not show up, just “do it,” and continue to move forward. 

I have gratefully (and unwittingly) had the same willingness to seek a dietician who ...



Sponsorship as a Service - Why I Joined the Sponsorship Committee - Deb C., OA NoVA Sponsorship Committee Chair
Excerpt from October's  Novations

From day one of working with my sponsor, I was told to do service. From my very first day, I was able to do things that had no abstinence requirement, like setting up chairs at face-to-face meetings or taking down names on phone meetings. This was a key component to my program, and doing service helped me become and stay abstinent even today!

In those first days, I found that getting used to my food plan took a lot of effort combined with all the other pieces of my program. Then we started working the steps. After taking the second step ...



The Many Paths to Forgiveness - Rachel
Excerpt from October's  Novations

I have come to understand that forgiveness of others is a crucial part of my recovery—and usually of a sponsee’s recovery. It is woven into the steps, especially but not only steps 8 and 9. So “how do I forgive person XX?” is a pretty important question. As with every other topic we discuss, I share my thoughts—my experience, strength, and hope—and I listen to them and learn from them. So here are six approaches that have helped me and sponsees with forgiveness of others. Maybe you will find these ideas helpful in working with your sponsees:

  1. Put yourself in Person X’s shoes and develop compassion for them. Recognize that Person X has ...



Need to find a meeting?

Here are Northern Virginia's local meetings

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Meeting Announcements

New Location - Monday night 8 pm meeting at Burke Common Gardens has moved to Abiding Peace - 6304 Lee Chapel Rd, Burke, VA 22015

Friday Night, Arlington 100 Pounder and Everyone Welcome meeting has a new format!

The Arlington 100 Pounder and Everyone Welcome meeting will be a speaker meeting each week with an focus on the steps (in sequential order) on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month.  Every week there will be a speaker either in person or they are featuring speakers via Skype when needed.  Come check it out....any compulsive eater is welcome!

Saturday Springfield Early Birds

At the request of the church, the Saturday Springfield Early Birds meeting must lock outside doors at 8:30 a.m.
That still gives you 30 minutes to oversleep!


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Speakers have at least 90 days of back to back abstinence.


OA Nova Events

Intergroup Meeting
Sat Oct 17 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Thanksgiving Marathon - 2015
Thu Nov 26 @ 8:00AM - 08:00PM


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OA Nova Hotline - 703-823-NOVA (6682)OA NoVA Info Line:
703-823-NOVA (6682)