20 Questions to Find Out
If You Are Workaholic
Michele S, the community outreach coordinator at Workaholics Anonymous, a "fellowship of individuals who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from workaholism, says "Workaholism can lead to divorce, suicide, stroke, heart attack, sleep deprivation, damaged relationships with friends and family, "and the list goes on," she tells Business Insider. Read more here.
Researchers Link Longer Work Hours & Stroke Risk
Submitted by Anne P. (thank you!)
An analysis of data on more than 600,000 people is the largest study thus far of the relationship between working hours and cardiovascular health. Read more here.
Our 2015 World Conference
In the "Land of 10,000 Lakes", where the State drink is Milk and "Grace" is the Official State Photograph; at the "Star of the North" on October 1st through the 4th, WA will gather for the 2015 Conference at the Villa Maria Retreat, Frontenac, Minnesota. The Retreat is nestled next to the Frontenac State Park with over 2300 acres in all, from the shores of Lake Pepin to the mountain bluffs overlooking the Minnesota River valley. We might encounter the resident bald eagles, deer and turkeys; and if we're real lucky perhaps the State Bird, the Common Loon. View registration flyer here.
Online registration and payment is now available here.
As always, our local host Minneapolis Group welcomes volunteers to serve with their program, registration, hospitality, and silent auction committees. All questions and offers to serve may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. See you there!
W. A. Literature in Spanish!
Check out some of our literature being translation into Spanish!
20 Questions and Characteristics of Recovery with much more coming soon!
A very special thank you to our special friends Alfredo & Jorge for their service!
New Check In Phone Meeting!
7:00-7:30 am PST
8:00-8:30 am MST
9:00-9:30 am CST
10:00-10:30 am EST
Call: 712-432-0363 Access code 118778#
The call is brief for check-ins and fellowship.
The W. A. Meditation Committee is writing a
W.A. Meditation Book.
We welcome all members to write and submit meditations for this publication. Consider having a writing play day for your meeting group. Not only would this activity provide opportunities for reflection and meditation, but it would also allow group members to make contributions to a book that will serve the needs of the whole fellowship.
A suggested meeting format for writing meditations is available at the WA website. For more details about submitting meditations, please visit the W.A. website.
On this web page you will see a link for submittal form. You'll need to fill this form out, whether in a group meeting or individually, to write your meditations. There is also an AWR (Assignment, Warranty & Release) included in this PDF. This will be needed for each meditation submission.
We look forward to receiving your meditations!!
Have fun with us!!
Your trusted servants,
W.A.W.S.O. Literature Committee
what you can for your meetings. :)
W.A operates on contributions from it's members and literature sales. Please don't forget to go online and make a contribution to W.A. if you only go to phone meetings.
You can click here donate.
Your W.A. World Service Board Engaged
In each e-newsletter I include a monthly inspirational quote, as well as a helpful article relating to work addiction / workaholism. If you have any favorite quotes or you see something online that you think our members would benefit from, please send the URL to my email and I'll take a look to see if we can add it to our e-newsletter.
Interested in being a part of W.A. Outreach? I would love to grow our W.A. Outreach Committee. One of the things I would like to get help with is contacting websites that are online that are discussing workaholism in hopes in helping others and let them know about W.A.. Please contact Outreach@workaholics-anonymous.org if you want to come on board!
New Edition of The Workaholics Anonymous Book of Recovery!
The Second Edition of
The Workaholics Anonymous Book of Recovery will be available in one month! You can look for it at the Conference in October.
The new edition incorporates great feedback from the fellowship, such as:
- Reorganizing the structure of the sections more logically
- Copy editing, e.g., formatting, citations, and grammar
- Consolidation of lists
The Second Edition has been approved by the WA World Service Organization Board of Trustees for printing. It will be reviewed for approval by the General Assembly at the 2016 World Conference.
Amber P. and Lia F., Editors
In addition to the ongoing process of developing our W.A. Meditation Book (see below for details), We have a couple of exciting projects planned for the near future - including some edits to our existing literature, a formatting facelift for our brochures and mailings, and even a new pamphlet on the topic of work anorexia/avoidance (which will ideally help members to overcome procrastination, perfectionism, and related fears).
Please help with the revision process (easy service opportunity!) by contacting email@example.com with any recommended changes that you or your group stumble upon as you read through the books and pamphlets, perhaps notating them as you read and including them all in a single email when you finish. Do not be shy about voicing your ideas - from sweeping substantive concerns to tiny grammatical errors - as this is your literature.
If you are interested in joining the Literature Committee - or would like to otherwise consult on any of these ongoing projects - I would love the support. Again, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Love and service,
Amber, W.A.W.S.O. Literature Chair
The W.A. Communications Department is adding to our sponsors list for new members. We are particularly getting a lot of requests from women. Want to sponsor? Please contact
We are currently seeking a professional representative to speak on behalf of the fellowship and respond to public press releases that may misconstrue the reality of being a workaholic. See more information below.
Ken for technology questions:
Conference Call Line
for ALL Phone Meetings
Group Support Section on Website
There are helpful tools and materials available here that you can download for your group; meeting formats, types of meetings, tips on outreach, W.A. Public Awareness Guidelines, archives to news letters and much more!
Request For Sponsors
W.A. receives requests regularly for sponsorship from people seeking recovery from workaholism. We do receive more requests for female sponsors. We need to add to this list so we can help the new members in our fellowship. We keep a confidential list of volunteers who are willing to take this on. If you are willing, please send us an email with your contact information (or any other information you feel a sponsee should know) to:
Our Communications Coordinator at W.A.W.S.O. receives requests from Members asking for help finding a W.A. Sponsor. Sometimes we know of a Sponsor who might be available to contact. Because that list is short, if no potential Sponsor responds, we encourage Members to participate in co-sponsoring and to seek a Sponsor at their local or phone meetings. If you are a Member who is or may at some times be available to speak with a Member who has asked for help, please send an email to
Your information is kept confidential to assure your anonymity. We may contact you directly at a time when we are asked, to see if you are available to speak with the Member asking for help. This kind of service can be of great value to your own recovery as well as a meaningful contribution to the recovery of those who you might contact.
Interested in Becoming a Meeting Group Mentor?
Among the many support opportunities offered by WA, perhaps the richest are those created through relationships with fellow members. Across the globe people are forming meeting groups and sharing the message of recovery. We are excited by the growth of the fellowship, particularly in the number of people expressing interest in organizing meeting groups
Because starting a meeting group can be an intimidating process, we would
like for beginners to receive a mentor during their initial stages of meeting development. Mentors offer service through answering questions and providing suggestions as needed for members beginning their meeting groups. Currently, we are in need of more mentors and would like to extend this service opportunity to members of the fellowship.
If you are interested in serving as a mentor for those starting meeting groups, please contact me at
More information will be provided upon receiving your expressed interested.
W.A. Seeks Professional Representative for Our Fellowship
As workaholism has become a widespread concept in public media, the ways it is communicated about can often create more misconceptions than understandings. In this regard, members of Workaholics Anonymous are currently seeking a professional representative to speak on behalf of the fellowship and respond to public press releases that may misconstrue the reality of being a workaholic. If you know of someone or have suggestions for who might serve as a reputable spokesperson for WA (who is not affiliated with the fellowship), please send your recommendations to Bruce A. at
Supporting W.A. Seventh Tradition Contributions
Our Seventh Tradition provides that W.A. is fully self-supporting; declining outside contributions. WAWSO welcomes contributions from W.A. groups and members. One hundred percent of all contributions directly support recovery from workaholism. Carrying the message of recovery to workaholics who still suffer includes email and phone services, a quarterly newsletter, media and community outreach, literature development and distribution, this website, an annual conference, meeting information and support, and other outreach services. Please
print out and send this Seventh Tradition form
to support W.A.'s Outreach.
by Credit card or Paypal. Thank you for your generous support.
Purchase Our Books Online!
The Book Of Discovery
A guide to the 12 Steps
The Workaholics Anonymous Book of Discovery is a guide that provides step instruction, questions, activities, and stories-all with room to write and reflect as necessary, in a large spiral-bound, three-hole punch volume. The book is designed to lay completely flat so as to be easily used for writing as well as for protective storing in a three-ring notebook of your choice with other loose or extra pages if desired. This workbook can be used alone, with a sponsor or used with a group in a meeting format.
Click here for online purchase You can also purchase through the mail. Price: $25. Plus $4.95 shipping and handling anywhere in the US. Send your check to WSO Web Payment Center, PO Box 56416, Portland, OR, 97238.
The Book of Recovery
W.A.'s first publication, The Book of Recovery is our main text. It has valuable information for all recovering workaholics; history, stories, guidance in working the steps and tools to help you with your recovery program! Click here for online purchase