Sunday, December 4, 2011

Work-Anon Meeting Dates and Call-in Information for 2012

Work-Anon meets twice monthly on the first and third Sundays at 8pm Eastern, 5pm Pacific. The Conference Call Number is Dial-in Number and Access code: 1-218-936-4700 and a participant access code of "12 steps" or the numerals 1278377 followed by a pound key.

Here are the dates for 2012:

Sundays, Dec. 4th & Dec. 18th, 2011 - 8pm ET

Sundays, January 1st & January 15th, 2012 - 8pm ET

Sundays, February 5th & February 19th, 2012 - 8pm ET

Sundays, March 4th & March 18th, 2012 - 8pm ET

Sundays, April 1st & April 15th, 2012 - 8pm ET

Sundays, May 6th & May 20th, 2012 - 8pm ET

Sundays, June 3rd & June 17th, 2012 - 8pm ET

Sundays, July 1st & July 15th, 2012 - 8pm ET

Sundays, August 5th & August 19th, 2012 - 8pm ET

Sundays, September 2nd & September 16th, 2012 - 8pm ET

Sundays, October 7th & October 21st, 2012 - 8pm ET

Sundays, November 4th & November 18th, 2012 - 8pm ET

Sundays, December 2nd & December 16th, 2012 - 8pm ET

Sunday, November 20, 2011

New Brochure Text Available - Key Practices of WorkAnon

Hot off the presses, here's the core text for our new Work-Anon brochure...

Work-Anon Key Practices In Our Program of Recovery
For Friends, Families, & Co-workers of Workaholics

Serenity and Recovery
We regain our inner balance through working the Twelve Steps and connecting with other recovering Work-Anons. Through deepening in our recovery, we are released from painful self-defeating patterns, including self-abandonment and neglect, chronic feelings of insufficiency and inadequacy, compulsive perfectionism and rescuing, and trying to please or control others. Our lives in recovery blossom with inner strength, conscious contact, wisdom, detachment, self-valuing, fun, and program friendships. Our interests and energy expand…. Welcome home to Work-Anon.

Key Practices of Work-Anon Recovery

Working the Steps Through individual and group self-study & writing, we learn about the roots and alternatives to intergenerational patterns of pain and the possibilities of amending our behavior, attitudes, and feelings with ourselves and others. Conscious contact awakens us. We uncover hidden assets and new ways of being.

Meetings Attending meetings helps us prioritize our own recovery. We learn from and stay in touch with others and share our growth.

Self-Care In Work-Anon recovery, we learn to establish new habits of self-nurture, exercise, rest, and renewal.

Writing We write in our recovery journals to cultivate habits of gratitude, attention, and focusing on the solution.

Detaching With Love We learn to detach with love from the workaholic’s demands, judgments, & behavior. We no longer cover or enable. We discover choices and set healthy boundaries.

Meditation Inner quiet increases conscious contact.

Bringing the Focus Back to Ourselves By bringing the focus back to ourselves, we return to our source of power and clarity, the ground of our being. We are strengthened by focusing on what we can effect instead of being distracted by trying to control things we cannot.

Healing Our Inner Selves For those who experienced neglectful, abusive or judgmental childhoods, attending to our “inner child” relieves chronic, self-defeating patterns and releases energy and vitality.

Cultivating Our Own Health and Joy Recovery releases us from living inside the disease. We discover hidden talents and interests. We learn to cultivate our own health and joy. By working the Steps, we learn to live as deeper wisdom guides us. We are revitalized & come alive.

Service We provide service to continue to learn and enhance our recovery. Only through helping others can we keep the gifts that recovery brings.

Program Literature Our spirits are renewed and new habits affirmed by reading program literature.

Join Us

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.

Through calling into our phone meetings and using the key practices, we hear the experience, strength, and hope of others recovering from the effects of work addiction in the family or workplace. We believe that work addiction is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.


Monday, April 18, 2011

Upcoming Conference with Work-Anon breakouts

Great news is that we will be having some Work-Anon meetings at the upcoming Workaholics Anonymous Conference, slated for the last weekend of October outside of Austin, Texas.

The theme of the conference is "Sponsorship and Service: How it Works" - be held Friday, October 28th through Sunday, October 30th, 2011 in Wimberley, Texas at the 7A Resort, with an optional Pre-Conference day on Thursday, October 27th. For more information see the 2011 Conference Flyer. Preregistration is required. Register by August 31st, 2011 to take advantage of a $50 Early Bird discount. Register by May 31st, 2011 for a $75 Early Early Bird discount! To register, print and send in the registration form and pay with a check or pay online for your registration, room, and pre-conference. Here is the mail-in registration form. Online registration is also available.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Work-Anon Recovery and Serenity in 2011

Work-Anon will kick off the new year with phone meetings the first and third Sunday of January 2011 at 8pm Eastern. The meeting times are held at 8pm Eastern time, 5pm Pacific. They run for one hour. We read from recovery literature and then have rounds of sharing of experience, strength, and hope. 2011 features a focus on recovering through the steps!

Sundays, January 2nd & January 16th, 2011 - 8pm ET
1-218-936-4700 and a participant access code of "12 steps" or the numerals 1278377

We also recommend members attend open Al-Anon meetings and check out the PDF of stories of friends and family members of recovering workaholics (available as PDF in Workaholics Anonymous literature). Many of our members have also furthered their recovery relief by reading these Al-Anon conference-approved Books (using word substitution of "workaholism" for "alcohol" and "compulsive work, worry, or work avoidance" for "alcohol," etc.):
- How Al-Anon Works (basic program "how-to")
- Paths to Recovery (questions and stories on the Twelve Steps)
- From Survival to Recovery (writings by adult children)
- Hope for Today (daily reader with meditations, inspiration, and quotes)
- One Day at a Time (earlier daily reader with meditations, inspiration, and quotes)

Looking forward to having you join us at our meetings! Please type your email address into the box on the right if you'd like to sign up for email reminders of upcoming meetings!