Abstinence Workshop

Duration Details
5 mins Open with the Third Step Prayer
Introductions and housekeeping
10 mins Literature Study reviewing references to abstinence within the The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous and the For Today book.
30 mins Panel discussion with three guest speakers sharing their experience,strength and hope on abstinence. End the session with the ask it basket and questions from the group.Note when choosing guest speakers, try getting members different lengths of recovery.
15 mins Break
10 mins The Search For Abstinence – review quotes on abstinence, either via a treasure hunt for printed quotes or review of quotes around the room.
30 mins Group work on abstinence questions
15 mins Feedback and discussion on group work
5 mins Close with:

  • The Anonymity statement
  • Closing paragraph from the meeting format
  • “I Put My Hand in Yours”
  • How is abstinence defined in OA?
  • How do I define my abstinence?
  • How do I use the tools (plan of eating, meetings, sponsorship, telephone, literature, anonymity, service and writing) to help maintain my abstinence?
  • How does being abstinent change my life?