W.A. and the Media

News Media Information


Expectations - Contacting the Outreach Coordinator - Guidelines and Anonymity - Not Contacting Meetings Directly

Expectations for the Media

Our primary purpose is to live without compulsive work, worry, or anxiety, one day at a time, and to help other workaholics to recover. To that end we are cooperating in supplying you with information and/or members for you to interview. Our requirement in return is that:

  1. You endeavor to give a true picture of our organization,
  2. That you always maintain anonymity of any and all of our members, including both visual and name anonymity,
  3. That you list our mailing address, website, and our phone number in any coverage, and
  4. That you supply us with tearsheets, cassettes or videotapes of your article or broadcasts within 5 days after they appear. (This is very important as it enables us to have additional volunteer staff available to handle questions generated by your article or program.)

How to Contact the W.A. Media Outreach Coordinator

If you are a student, a researcher, or a member of the press seeking an interview or some other information regarding work addiction, please contact our Media Outreach Volunteer as follows:

  • Please email mediaoutreach AT workaholics-anonymous.org with your name, phone number, and media information into the first line of your email.
  • Your message will be sent as a text message to the cell phone of our Media Outreach Coordinator. They will see approximately 167 characters including email address, subject, and body of the message. You should receive a response within 72 hours.
  • If you experience any technical difficulties, please email the Outreach Coordinator for other points of contact.
  • Thank you for your request. We hope that we have been helpful, and we appreciate your support in sharing information with the still suffering workaholic.

Media Briefing and Anonymity Guidelines

W.A.'s Eleventh Tradition states: "Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, films, television and other public media of communication."

W.A. is a Fellowship founded in 1983 and patterned after Alcoholics Anonymous, except that it deals with compulsive working rather than drinking. Thanks to stories in the public media about our recovery program, W.A. has attracted thousands of workaholics who were without hope and have now found recovery in W.A.

Like AA, W.A.'s most valued tradition is personal anonymity at the public level. This means that the Fellowship itself is not anonymous, but its members are. Media professionals have established a great tradition of their own in helping members of the two Fellowships preserve their anonymity.

We hope you will continue to avoid identifying W.A. members in your articles and interviews and will maintain your coverage of the recovery program. We ask that in your reporting on W.A., you use only first names or pseudonyms (indicated as such) of W.A. members and that you obscure the faces of those who identify themselves as W.A. members in on-camera interviews. Please contact us for any further information and materials you may need regarding the W.A. program and Fellowship.

Please note that we provide a meeting search engine on this Web site for use only by those who desire to stop working compulsively. We ask that you help us protect the privacy of the meeting contacts listed by refraining from using their contact information in any way.

Guidelines for Contacting or Attending Meetings

Additionally, please note that we emphasize you DO NOT directly contact meetings or their local representatives for interviews.

Reporters and scholars desiring information about work addiction are welcome to contact our Media Outreach Coordinator (contact instructions above) or our main information number: (510) 273-9253. We do ask that you not contact members as listed in the meeting directory, as it limits our ability to serve those who need help most. This addiction is a life threatening illness.

Of course, if you are seeking this group for your own recovery, then welcome. Please participate freely and fully.