Sunday, October 17, 2010

Work-Anon Presence slated for next W.A. International Conference at the end of October 2010 in the Bay Area

At the next international W.A. conference, October 29-31, 2010, in Menlo Park, California, Work-Anon will have a presence by offering meetings and sharing information and resources for friends and families of workaholics. The conference theme is "Carrying the Message: Living the Steps." Conference information, registration forms, and online payment for the upcoming W.A. conference are available. Join us!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

New Work-Anon Meeting - Last Tuesdays - 7:30pm

New second Work-Anon Phone Meeting will occur the last Tuesday of each Month at 7:30pm Eastern. Same call-in number for all meetings as the first and third Sunday meetings: 1-218-936-4700 with a participant access code of "12 steps" plus the pound key - or 1278377#. Here are the dates and times for the Last Tuesday Work-Anon meetings for the rest of 2010:

Last Tuesdays – 7:30pm Eastern, 4:30pm Pacific

5/25/10 - 7:30pm Eastern
6/29/10 - 7:30pm Eastern
7/27/10 - 7:30pm Eastern
8/31/10 - 7:30pm Eastern
9/28/10 - 7:30pm Eastern
10/26/10 - 7:30pm Eastern
11/30/10 - 7:30pm Eastern
12/28/10 - 7:30pm Eastern

We are also still holding our 8pm Eastern first and third Sunday meetings, same call-in number.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Meetings Dates Set Through the End of 2010

We have now set twice monthly phone meetings through the end of 2010 for Work-Anon. The meetings are held on the phone, first and third Sundays, 5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern. Call-in number is 1-218-936-4700 and a participant access code of "12 steps" or the numerals 1278377. Here are the dates:

Sundays, June 6 & June 20, 2010
Sundays, July 4 & July 18, 2010
Sundays, August 1 & August 15, 2010
Sundays, September 5 & 19, 2010
Sundays, October 3 & October 17, 2010
Sundays, November 7 & November 21, 2010
Sundays, December 5 & December 19, 2010

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Updated Work-Anon Meeting Guidelines and Format

Work Anon Meeting Guidelines


Welcome to the twice-monthly telephone meeting of WorkAnon. My name is ____, grateful recovering Work-Anon, and the meeting chair for this evening. Work-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of workaholics who share their experience strength and hope in order to solve their common problems. We believe that work addiction is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.

Work-Anon is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization, or institution; does not engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any cause. There are no dues for membership. Work-Anon is self-supporting through its own voluntary contributions.

Work-Anon has but one purpose: to help families, friends, and co-workers of workaholics. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Work-Anon.

For Newcomers: (or For newcomers but to be read each meeting as a reminder to all)

For some of us, Work-Anon was a last resort: we were in pain, we were desperate, some of us had abandoned hope. We came to our first meeting – and we kept coming- to find relief from the terrible pain we had grown accustomed to feeling. We knew that our suffering was related to someone else’s work addiction, and we knew that we were unable to lead a normal life because of it.

As newcomers to Work-Anon Family Groups many of us wondered what the group would be talking about. The things we heard – and did not hear- at meetings may have surprised us. We may have thought members of Work-Anon might teach us how to stop the workaholic from acting out with work. Some of us had come into the program believing that once the workaholic found abstinence, our pain would magically disappear.

A great many myths were laid to rest at our meetings. We heard that we could not make another person stop working compulsively; that abstinence does not necessarily mean “happily ever after;” and that we are each responsible for dealing with our own pain. We also heard about placing our trust in a Power greater than ourselves.

When we first come to Work-Anon Family Groups, full of hurt, frustration, and anger, we may see the workaholic as the immediate source of our pain. Our impulse may be to focus our discussion on that person. We may also be so unaccustomed to looking at ourselves that we tend to talk about everything but ourselves. In Work-Anon we come to realize that much of our discomfort comes from our attitudes, and to learn about our responsibility to ourselves. This helps us discover feelings of self-worth and furthers our spiritual growth. The emphasis is lifted from the workaholic and placed where appropriate – on ourselves. When we tell our story, therefore, it is not the work addict’s story, it is the story of our own recovery.

We continue to come to Work-Anon because it succeeds in reminding us to focus on ourselves. It succeeds because it is a positive program that is grounded in the common experiences of its members; people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s work addiction. We welcome you and hope that here you may find experience strength and hope and learn how to recover through using the Twelve Steps and this fellowship.

[Chair will read the Twelve Steps and the Tradition corresponding to the number of the month.]

Meeting Format:

By group consensus, we avoid crosstalk, which means we speak in the first person and do not give advice. In our shares, we focus on our own behavior and thinking, not that of the workaholic. Members of other fellowships, including W.A., are encouraged to focus their share on the program of Work-Anon.

Our format is that we will read from Work-Anon or Al-Anon literature (with word substitution). Then we open the meeting up for a round of sharing. Feel welcome to share up to three minutes so all will have time to share. We pause at 45 minutes through the meeting to answer any newcomers' questions. Anyone who likes to can exchange phone numbers and email addresses directly after the closing of the meeting.

[Chair reads from Work-Anon or Al-Anon conference-approved literature and pauses for rounds of sharing.]


In closing we ask that all respect the anonymity of everyone here and all that was shared. At our meetings, we share our experience strength and hope with one another, keeping the focus on ourselves and on the Work-Anon tools of recovery. Personal recovery through spiritual growth and the common welfare of the group are of prime importance. By concentrating on our own feelings and attitudes toward our situation, rather than on the details of the situation, we contribute to the group’s unity and our recovery. We talk about how the disease of workaholism has affected our thinking and our behavior. We talk about the part we played in our problems and how we change our attitudes and actions by applying the Work-Anon program to our lives. We may find that basing our group discussion on a Step, Tradition, Concept or Slogan or various other program tools helps to improve our understanding of the program, foster growth, and bring serenity.

Will all who care to join me after a moment of silence, please join me in the Serenity Prayer followed by “Thy will not mine be Done.”

God, Grant me the Serenity

To Accept the Things I cannot change,

Courage to Change the Things I can

And Wisdom to Know the Difference.

Thy Will Not Mine be done.


Updated 8/19/2007
Corrections 01/20/2008 and 5/11/2009
Updated with format highlights and crosstalk statement on 3/7/2010