Getting Started in OSPA

The following suggestions have been helpful for some members in starting their recovery. These are not meant to be absolute for everybody. If you find something is not working for you, talk to your sponsor or other OSPA members. The important thing is that you don’t give up. You don't have to do it alone.

  1. Begin by familiarizing yourself with the information on the OSPA website.
  2. Start attending OSPA meetings.
  3. Attend at least 6 meetings before deciding if the program is for you.
  4. Find a meeting you can commit to and attend it regularly as your "Home" meeting.
  5. Write down names and telephone numbers of OSPA members whose shares you relate to.
  6. Make outreach calls to those members. Share how your day is going. Ask for help if you need it.
  7. When you find someone who has what you want, ask them if they will sponsor you.
  8. Start working the 12 Steps with the guidance of a sponsor.
  9. Contact your sponsor regularly via text, telephone, or email.
  10. Begin your abstinence, one day, one hour, one minute at a time.
  11. Read 12-Step Conference-approved literature.
  12. Above all Keep Coming Back - You are always welcome to participate at any time. The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop picking.

Activities in Recovery

The following are suggested actions from other members in recovery:

Tools for Withdrawal

The following are suggested actions from other members who have gone through the experience of withdrawal: