W.A. World Service Organization Newsletter
Living in Balance E-Newsetter September 2014
In This Issue
W.A. Meditation Book needs member meditations.
Where should our 2015 conference be?
W.A.Seeks Professional Representative
Quick Links
We hope this letter finds you enjoying your life with good balance.
We are still looking for a location for the W.A. 2015 World Conference. Please contact us if your group is interested.

Interesting article on workaholism written by a writer from CNN Money and read how multi-tasking can affect your IQ!

See more info below.


Michele S., Outreach Coordinator
Workaholics Anonymous

September Quote 
"In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you."  
Leo Tolstoy 
Regain Balance Before You Burn Out

I spoke to Jeanne over the phone about workaholism and W.A. She has quoted me a little in this piece. Make note; some of the comments are taken out of context and unfortunately she decided not to include some valuable info I shared about the program and fellowship. But she did include a link to our website and the article is on a prominent, well known site. So hopefully it will help some folks. :)

"Working on vacation is a problem if it's just one more way that you let work prevent you from paying attention to your health and relationships outside of the office." Read more here.

NOTE: Articles included in our newsletter are not intended to be the opinion of W.A. We are not endorsing websites and/or authors in any way. We are simply offering interesting content around the topic of workaholism.

Miss the Fall Storyline? You can find it here. 


STORYLINE is created by you, so please send in your stories, poems, songs, blogs, jokes, step work, and meeting shares.  What was your experience of our recent conference? What step work are you willing to share, so others may benefit from what you have discovered useful?  What's your favorite slogan and when do you find it useful?  We invite you to contribute to Storyline, and to encourage others to do likewise, to keep this publication enjoyable and meaningful for all.


Please send your submittals by email to:  [email protected] , with "SL" in the SUBJECT LINE.  Include your contact information and please also let us know if we can include your first name as author.

Multi-Tasking Dums You Down!

"What makes you more stupid - smoking marijuana, emailing while talking on the phone or losing a night's sleep? Researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry at the University of London studied 1,100 workers at a British company and found that multitasking with electronic media caused a greater decrease in IQ than smoking pot or losing a night's sleep." Read more here. 


NOTE: Articles included in our newsletter are not intended to be the opinion of W.A. We are not endorsing websites and/or authors in any way. We are simply offering interesting content around the topic of workaholism.


Still Need A Location for the
W.A. World Conference 2015


Would your group like to host the conference? We would love to hear from you!


Our W. A. Past Conference Locations:


2004 - San Francisco, CA 
2005 - Portland, OR 
2006 - St. Petersberg Beach, FL 
2007 - Portland. OR
2008 - Ocean Grove, NJ 
2009 - Raleigh-Durham, NC
2010 - Menlo Park, CA 
2011 - Austin, TX 
2012 - Portland, OR 
2013 - Chicago, IL
2014 - Malibu, CA 
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.
 Your W.A. World Service Board Engaged 


A special thank you to Angela W. who is helping me track down websites that talk about work addiction, workaholism, etc..., but don't mention us as a resource. Once I receive the list, I then email them and tell them about W.A.  


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 [email protected] if you want to come on board!
Michele S.
Technical Committee
We are moving along in our progress on  the new W.A. website. The new website design will have an improved design, improved features and new shopping cart.  

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 literature@workaholics-anonymous.org 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 literature@workaholics-anonymous.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 [email protected]

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.

For general information: [email protected]

Bob for meeting and WSR assistance: [email protected] 

Amber for WA Literature volunteers or corrections:
[email protected]

Michele for eNewsletter and media: [email protected]

Sandi for literature ordering and questions:
[email protected]

Mike for Meeting and Member registration:
[email protected]

Ken for technology questions:
[email protected]

Shelley for STORYLINE: [email protected]

For Meditation Book: [email protected]

General mailbox: [email protected]

For any Program issue, concern, initiative, suggestion, etc...
Bruce A. at [email protected]
Lia F. at [email protected]
Drew D. at [email protected]  
Conference Call Line for ALL Phone Meetings
(712) 432-0363 
New Check In Phone Meeting!
 Every Wednesday 
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.
Contact email:

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!


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


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: [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 your recovery, as well as to the person you would be sponsoring.
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 [email protected] More information will be provided upon receiving your expressed interested.

With gratitude,
Bruce A.
 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
[email protected].
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

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