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Welcome Newcomer to W.A., you are not alone!
- DISCOVER if you are a workaholic: These twenty questions help workaholics identify themselves. (20 preguntas en Español)
- 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!
How Do I Know if I'm a Workaholic?
- Are you more drawn to your work or activity than close relationships, rest, etc.?
- Are there times when you are motivated and push through tasks when you don't even want to and other times when you procrastinate and avoid them when you would prefer to get things done?
- Do you take work with you to bed? On weekends? On vacation?
- Are you more comfortable talking about your work than other topics?
- Do you pull all-nighters?
- Do you resent your work or the people at your workplace for imposing so many pressures on you?
- Do you avoid intimacy with others and/or yourself?
- Do you resist rest when tired and use stimulants to stay awake longer?
- Do you take on extra work or volunteer commitments because you are concerned that things won't otherwise get done?
- Do you regularly underestimate how long something will take and then rush to complete it?
- Do you immerse yourself in activities to change how you feel or avoid grief, anxiety, and shame?
- Do you get impatient with people who have other priorities besides work?
- Are you afraid that if you don't work hard all the time, you will lose your job or be a failure?
- Do you fear success, failure, criticism, burnout, financial insecurity, or not having enough time?
- Do you try to multitask to get more done?
- Do you get irritated when people ask you to stop doing what you're doing in order to do something else?
- Have your long hours caused injury to your health or relationships?
- Do you think about work or other tasks while driving, conversing, falling asleep, or sleeping?
- Do you feel agitated when you are idle and/or hopeless that you'll ever find balance?
- Do you feel like a slave to your email, texts, or other technology?
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.
Board approved 2014 - subject to conference approval.