Importance of the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions

The Twelve Steps are the heart of the OA recovery program. They offer a new way of life that enables the compulsive eater to live without the need for excess food. The ideas expressed in the Twelve Steps, which originated in Alcoholics Anonymous, reflect practical experience and application of spiritual insights recorded by thinkers throughout the ages.

 

 

Their greatest importance lies in the fact that they work! They enable compulsive eaters and millions of other Twelve-Steppers to live productive lives. They represent the foundation upon which OA is built.

The Twelve Traditions are to the groups what the Twelve Steps are to the individual. They are suggested principles to ensure the survival and growth of the many groups that compose OA. The Twelve Traditions are the means by which OA remains unified in a common cause. responsibility we The Twelve Concepts of OA Service, adopted by the World Service Business Conference (WSBC) in 1994, help us apply the Steps and Traditions in our service work, which is an important part of the OA program. The Concepts define and guide the practices of the service structures that conduct the business of OA. These Concepts depict the chain of delegated use to provide service throughout the world. Although they focus on OA world services, the Concepts direct all OA's trusted servants to well considered actions for group participation, decision making, voting and the expression of minority opinions. The Twelve Concepts support our primary purpose of carrying OA's message of recovery to the still-suffering compulsive overeater.

(Reprinted from oa.org)