Welcome to the Northern Virginia Intergroup
of Overeaters Anonymous 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.
* * * * * * * * Next Novations Topic: "Why is service important to you?" - Articles due October 6th - email to * * * * * * * * * * * * Help the Sunday evening Step Meeting, join us at 6:00 pm at St. George's Episcopal Church, 915 N. Oakland, Arlington * * * * * * * * * * * *

What is Abstinence? - Bridget (Novations Editor)
Excerpt from October's Novations

I have been in OA for approximately a year and a half now and am currently working on my fourth step. I achieved abstinence for only one month so far (months ago), and even then I struggled to clearly define what that was.

I go to meetings, ask people, and read literature searching for the answer. And still I struggle. What I have come to realize is that a) the answer will come in time,



Behaviors/Actions That Keep Me Abstinent - Joanna
Excerpt from October's Novations

Below is a list of behaviors/actions that I have taken- in addition to getting a sponsor, working the 12 steps, and using the tools- in the past 18 months that have helped me stay abstinent and spiritually and emotionally recover. Without the program, I don't think I could have done these things for myself. I live life imperfectly but I do the things below more and more and they make my life rich and full.


  • ride my bike so I can feel the air against my face instead of drive my car