About OSPA

Obsessive Skin Pickers Anonymous (OSPA), began on December 3, 2004, upon the inspiration from one individual's Higher Power. Having reached the point of desperation with her own skin picking, she started searching the internet about skin picking. When she found a website specifically for skin pickers, she discovered long at last she was not alone in the world!

On the website there was a discussion board, and after posting for several days, she had an epiphany. Having been sober for 10 years in another fellowship, she was prompted to start a Twelve Step program for obsessive skin picking. She named it Obsessive Skin Pickers Anonymous, or OSPA. She started a thread on the discussion board specifically for working the Twelve Steps of OSPA.

Initially, she and other skin pickers began to work the steps on the discussion board thread, via instant message, and by telephone. Word spread and another newly launched website invited OSPA to set up two specific forums with Step threads for each step. OSPA was then on two websites, and as each member worked the steps, the program grew.

One year later, OSPA meetings were started in the chat room of the website, and what started as one meeting per week expanded to as many as six meetings per week in the years that followed.

After achieving one year of continuous abstinence, an OSPA member flew to California from her home in Australia to meet “the people who changed her life.” Two other OSPA members joined in the California visit, meeting in San Diego and Lake Tahoe.

During this time in Europe three other skin pickers were also having online and face to face meetings, unaware of the beginnings of the OSPA program in the United States. When the two came together, OSPA became an international program!

In 2014 OSPA's very own website was launched and two members attended a conference in Los Angeles, where one spoke at the closing meeting. A video of her recovery through the OSPA program was posted in the skin picking community. Requests for information poured in and a growth spurt ensued.

Today OSPA members from all over the world join in telephone and online meetings. More people each week visit the website for support and information. OSPA continues to grow with help from our members and ongoing outreach.

We hope you will join us in your recovery journey and become a part of OSPA’s history!