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 MCLEAN MEETINGS!!! Monday 8 am and Wednesday 12 - 1 pm at Trinity Methodist Church, 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd, McLean, VA Click HERE for the details * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Come check out the Sunday 7 PM Del Rays of Light Step Study meeting!” It's from 7 to 8 p.m., 100 E. Windsor Ave. Alexandria, VA. * * * * * * * * * * Upcoming Novation Topics - "Self Honesty" articles due April 6th and "Our Primary Purpose" articles due May 6th. Email to: * * * * * * * * * * As of April 1st, 2016 the Region 7 Delaware PO Box is permanently closed. Any mail sent to that address will be returned to sender. Click HERE for instructions to send contributions to OA NoVA IG, Region 7 or World Service! * * * * * * * * * *


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Self Honesty

from Sarah S., your NoVAtions editor

Excerpt from May's NoVAtions

“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.”

–Virginia Woolf

I have teenage nieces, and it seems like they start every sentence with “TBH” (To Be Honest). First of all, when are teenagers ever truly honest? Do they even know what rigorous self honesty means? And does this qualifier signify that statements not beginning with “TBH” are lies or half-truths?

I can now say that my disease kept me as a delusional, reactive teenager for most of my life. I lied to myself and others . . .



Self Honesty in Sponsorship 
- by Amelia (Suzie)

Excerpt from May's Novations

When I first entered the rooms, I was struck by the level of honesty I experienced as my new fellows told story after story of their challenges with food. And I watched the group receive each person’s sharing with dignity, respect, and acceptance. Over time, I began to understand that being a part of this process could help me overcome some of my most deeply embedded and destructive habits and ways of thinking around food and eating.

Isolation is the hallmark of the compulsive eater. We all know how easy it has been ….




Shout Out From the Sponsorship Committee

Hi, the Sponsorship Committee is looking for help. Its purpose is to support sponsorship in northern Virginia (the NoVA Intergroup). If you would like to pitch in once in a while, maybe helping out on a specific project or event, that would be great. If you would like to help plan things and participate regularly, you might want to join the committee. In either case, this is a pretty relaxed effort and people are welcome whether or not you are a sponsor and whether or not you have a sponsor. Being a sponsor is not required to help!! If you are interested in helping, or if you have questions, please email .

Need to find a meeting?

Here are Northern Virginia's local meetings

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Meeting Announcements


Come check out the Sunday 7 PM Del Rays of Light Step Study meeting!
It's from 7 to 8 p.m

100 E. Windsor Ave.
Alexandria, VA.
Contact Mary M. for questions cell: 703-400-8626.



MONDAY Sunshine Meetings 8:00 am
Choose between two lengths of meetings:
7:50 - 8:35 am, 45 minutes (brief break out, so time to get to work)
7:50 - 8:50 am, 60 minutes (then continue on to full hour)

WEDNESDAY Hump Day Meetings
12:00 - 1:00 pm

Trinity Methodist Church
1205 Dolley Madison Blvd
McLean, VA


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



OA Nova Events

Intergroup Meeting
Sat May 21 @10:00AM - 12:00PM

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Questions, Requests or Suggestions?

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

Sponsorship Question of the Month


If you have a sponsor, what is an important lesson that your sponsor has helped you learn? 

If you don’t have a sponsor, what is an important lesson that someone (anyone) in program has helped you learn? 

Please email your thoughts/answers to  by May 15.