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Alcoholics Anonymous
Presented By: Virginia District 4
Hosted by: Sunset Hills Men’s Group and Sunlight of the Spirit

Recovery

during

Challenging Times

Virtual Workshop (Zoom)
Saturday, May 22, 2021
1:00-4:00PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

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Each day,
somewhere in the world,
recovery begins when one
alcoholic talks with another
alcoholic, sharing experience,
strength, and hope.

AA Big Book, Page xxii.

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Experience, Strength and Hope to achieve and maintain sobriety during life’s transitions.

As the AA fellowship, as well as society at large, emerges from the pandemic, many alcoholics—in and out of the AA program—are experiencing unprecedented family, financial, career and health challenges.  And at least for the near future they must navigate these difficulties with little or no direct, in-person contact with others in recovery. The workshop will feature panelists who have achieved and maintained sobriety through such transitions sharing their experience, strength and hope for the benefit of others who may be struggling.

The only requirement for attendance is a desire to stop drinking.

Attendance is Anonymous.

No advanced registration required.

Someone who knew what he was talking about once remarked that pain is the touchstone of all spiritual progress.

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, page 92

Our six panelists are individuals from diverse backgrounds who have achieved and maintained sobriety under challenging circumstances. While their stories differ in detail, the underlying message is the same: We grow in sobriety through life’s transitions by committing to recovery and utilizing the fellowship and tools of Alcoholics Anonymous. The panelists will share their life experiences, the strength they found, and their hope for you, as you pursue your own journey of recovery.

First Panel Discussion

Staying Sober through Life Transitions.
This will include alcoholics in recovery who have experienced in sobriety such major life changes as loss of employment; financial difficulty; illness or death of family members; separation, divorce and remarriage; health crises. They will share their inspiring stories and offer practical hints for staying sober despite these challenges.

Second Panel Discussion

Remote Recovery. This panel will feature individuals who have gotten sober or maintained sobriety during the past year, either entirely or primarily through remote contact with other recovering alcoholics. They will share their experiences, focusing on how they used the tools of the program in innovative ways to maintain their spiritual condition and their recovery.

Sharing and Questions

Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions of the panelists and, if time permits, to share their own challenges and experiences on the journey to a sober life.

How the workshop will work

The workshop will use the AA speakers meeting format. That is, no interruption of speakers or panel. Depending on time and flow, questions submitted in chat will be directed to the speakers. Please stay on mute for the duration.

Questions and suggested topics can be submitted in advance. We will do our best to integrate them into the presentation.
Chat: Questions can also be submitted via chat during the workshop.

Other resources: How to find a meeting, suggested literature, and introductory podcasts are provided on the resources page.

How to Connect to the Workshop

Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober; unless I accept life completely on life's terms, I cannot be happy.

AA Big Book: Page 417

And we have ceased fighting anything or anyone—even alcohol.

AA Big Book, p. 84

We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.

AA Big Book, Page 83

That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear.

AA Big Book, Page 84

If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it--then you are ready to take certain steps.

AA Big Book Page 58

Whatever our ideal turns out to be, we must be willing to grow towards it.

AA big book, Page 69

Patience, tolerance, understanding and love are the watchwords.

AA Big Book, Page 118

But there exists among us a fellowship, a friendliness, and an understanding which is inde­scribably wonderful.

AA Big Book, Page 17

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