W.A. World Service Organization Newsletter
Living in Balance E-NewsetterOctober 2012
In This Issue
2012 W.A. World Conference in Portland
2013 W.A. World Conference in August Chicago, IL
W.A. Mediation Books needs member meditations.
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We hope you are enjoying the start to a beautiful October!

Our W.A. 2012 World Conference in Portland, OR was a great success! See more below.

We are excited to announce that registration for the 2013 W.A. World Conference is already available! The conference will be held in Chicago in August 23-25, 2013. Registration has already started - see below.

We are looking for contributors to our new W.A. Meditation Book!

W.A. is  looking for a professional, non member to represent our fellowship.

Michele S., Outreach Coordinator
Workaholics Anonymous
More Articles About Workaholism!

"The Japanese have a word for this: "Karoshi," or death by work. Yet, according to figures from the International Labor Office, American workers put in more hours per year than their Japanese counterparts (1,792 hours compared to 1,771). A recent Expedia poll found that fewer than 40 percent of Americans use up their annual vacation time. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reports that Americans are putting in 20 percent more hours than they were in 1970. Increasingly, 60-hour work weeks are becoming the norm."

Fantastic article about workaholic with amazing and scary statistics!
Read more here.

 W.A. 2012 World Conference in Portland, Oregon!
 September 13-16, 2012

Fantastic time at the Portland conference.

A BIG THANK YOU to the Portland committee and other board members that helped organized the conference schedule, rides to and from the airport, conferences reservations and details.etc...

What a fabulous time everyone had. The facility we stayed at was absolutely gorgeous and we where able to look out at the mountains and hike high above the Columbia River. Some of us even got to see waterfalls and hike around Mt. Hood! We were represented by the U.S., Portugal, Brazil and even Japan, for the very first time!  W. A. Members enjoyed yoga, delicious food, connecting with other members and had relaxing times in the cool mountain air.

We had some great meetings, workshops and break out sessions on the first three steps, work aversion, sponsorship, leadership and Workanon and  some new members found sponsors to help guide them through the steps.

I was very blessed to finally meet a a sponsee that I have been working with for three years over the phone! 
 W.A. 2013 World Conference in Chicago, IL.!
 August 23-25, 2013

W.A. 2013 Conference info here.

Cenacle Retreat Center is located  Lincoln Park, a beautiful neighborhood in Chicago, north of the downtown area.


The center is only five blocks from the Lake Michigan and North Avenue Beach, where we will be organizing a bike ride on Saturday after noon next to the beautiful Lake Shore Drive for those who wish to join in. Or you can just take a short walk to the beach and relax by the waves. 



NOTE: Bike rental is $10 an hour per bike.


The conference will enable you to connect with other recovering workaholics, have relaxing and play time with others as well as some dynamite meetings!


Come join us, space is limited and members are already registering for the event. 


Registration Fees:

Double Early Bird Registration by March 2013 - $25.00

Early Bird Registration by May 15, 2012 - $50.00

All Other Registration - $100.00

W. A. Meditation Book - Call For Contributions

The W.A.W.S.O. Literature Committee is creating a meditations book. We would like all the meditations to come from the fellowship, so . . .
We need your help!


All members are welcome to write and submit meditations for 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. 


Also, a suggested meeting format for writing meditations is also available at the W.A. website here for you to view. 


We look forward to receiving your meditations!!
Have fun with us!!


Your trusted servants,

W.A.W.S.O. Literature Committee


 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 Laura R. [email protected]
New 24/7 Fellowship Line for W.A.

Workaholics Anonymous registered a twenty-four hour conference call telephone number for all our members around the world to check in with each other at the "top" of every hour of the day and night. Check with your local service provider, as they may charge you for your call.

You may find others on the line; or you may not. It is not monitored by WAWSO. It is public, unrecorded, and is there solely for the purpose of our members' check-ins, bookends, and fellowship.Click on the link below for more info.    


The WAWSO telephone line for leaving messages is a separate number you can find on our website 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. 
Request For Sponsors

WA has, from time to time, requests for sponsorship from people recovering from workaholism.  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: [email protected]
Your information is kept confidential to protect your anonymity. We will contact you with a person's contact information when someone requests, offering you the opportunity to respond.  Your offering of this service will be of great value to you as well as to the person you would be sponsoring.

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!



W.A. also has a Meeting Development committee to offer more ongoing support to new and existing groups.


This committee reaches out to members in groups around the world to help them continue to build a strong meeting and local fellowship. Each committee member is assigned meeting contacts in regional areas.  


We are looking for more W.A. members to volunteer to help "sponsor" a group and offer them support and make sure they know about our new Group Support section on the website. This is a wonderful way to provide service and get to know other W.A. members around the world! Interested? Contact Laura R. [email protected]   


Please contribute 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.

Purchase Our Books Online!


The Book Of Discovery

Book of Discovery, W.A. WorkbookA 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