Service is one of OA’s Tools of Recovery which help us achieve and maintain abstinence, and is vital in helping us fulfil our primary purpose of carrying the OA message to the compulsive eater who still suffers.

Any form of service that helps a reach fellow sufferer adds to the quality of our own recovery. Members can give service by getting to meetings, putting away chairs, putting out literature, and talking to newcomers. Beyond the group level, a member can serve as intergroup representative, committee chair, region representative, or Conference delegate. As OA’s responsibility pledge states, “Always to extend the hand and heart of OA to all who share my compulsion; for this, I am responsible.”

The 12 Concepts of OA Service help us apply the Steps and Traditions in our service work. The Concepts define and guide the practices of the service structures that conduct the business of OA and are a useful resource for groups and Intergroups.