Welcome Newcomers!

From "How Recovery Happens": Our stories share what we were like before recovery, how we got into recovery, and what we are like now. We hope you decide you want what we have and are willing to join us at meetings, reading our literature, and practicing our Steps of recovery. We now know that we deal with an obsession - cunning, and powerful. Without help, it is destined to overwhelm us. But we have come to rely on a Power greater than ourselves...

Welcome Newcomer to W.A., you are not alone!

  • DISCOVER if you are a workaholic: These twenty questions help workaholics identify themselves.

  • READ THE LITERATURE: Our Book of Recovery, Book of Discovery and core literature, including the Tools of Recovery, are very helpful for Newcomers.

  • FIND a meeting: There are over fifty W.A. meetings internationally. You can find a meeting by nation and region. If there are not in-person meetings near you, many people enjoy sharing recovery internationally via phone and Internet meetings. There are listings available of meetings online and via the phone and email.

  • MEETING CATALYSTS: If you are looking to connect up with other W.A. members to start a meeting in your area, for co-sponsorship, or for other reason, you might want to check out the Networking Page where members can connect or sign up to help start a meeting. There is also a list of cities where people are interested in starting W.A. meetings.

  • START a meeting: If you are inspired to start a meeting near you, and after you have found one or two others with whom to start the meeting, we have a New Meeting page with New Meeting Starter Packets available. Please also make sure you REGISTER your new meeting so that we can add it to the website!

  • STAYING CONNECTED: We also have a new e-subscription service for our eNewsletter, as well as subscriptions available for STORY LINE, a journal of writings by members of the fellowship. Also read back issues of Living in Balance, or listen to MP3s of past conference speakers and members sharing.

  • ATTEND A CONFERENCE: We hold annual W.A. Conferences where members get together to share experience, strength, and hope, please join us!

Twenty Questions

How Do I Know if I'm a Workaholic?

  1. Do you get more excited about your work than about family or anything else?
  2. Are there times when you can charge through your work and other times when you can't?
  3. Do you take work with you to bed? On weekends? On vacation?
  4. Is work the activity you like to do best and talk about most?
  5. Do you work more than 40 hours a week?
  6. Do you turn your hobbies into money-making ventures?
  7. Do you take complete responsibility for the outcome of your work efforts?
  8. Have your family or friends given up expecting you on time?
  9. Do you take on extra work because you are concerned that it won't otherwise get done?
  10. Do you underestimate how long a project will take and then rush to complete it?
  11. Do you believe that it is okay to work long hours if you love what you are doing?
  12. Do you get impatient with people who have other priorities besides work?
  13. Are you afraid that if you don't work hard you will lose your job or be a failure?
  14. Is the future a constant worry for you even when things are going very well?
  15. Do you do things energetically and competitively including play?
  16. Do you get irritated when people ask you to stop doing your work in order to do something else?
  17. Have your long hours hurt your family or other relationships?
  18. Do you think about your work while driving, falling asleep or when others are talking?
  19. Do you work or read during meals?
  20. Do you believe that more money will solve the other problems in your life?

If you answer "yes" to three or more of these questions you may be a workaholic. Relax. You are not alone.

Many have found recovery through the tools of this fellowship.