Sober
during the age of
Covid

Virtual Workshop (Zoom)
Saturday, November 7, 2020
9:30-Noon (Eastern Time)

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Experience, Strength, and Hope to GET, and KEEP you Sober

This workshop is presented by Virginia AA District 4 and the “No Winers” Group of Reston Virginia. The workshop will focus on the AA toolbox, hoping to provide alcoholics (and those who wonder if they are alcoholics) the opportunity to explore and discuss how AA tools can be used during this time of uncertainty in our lives. Some areas of focus include our forced isolation, separation from community and family, disruption, and the stress associated with our current environment.

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

Attendance is Anonymous.

Speakers

Hear stories from others who have survived and thrived during difficult times. Their experience, strength, and hope will help you boost and cultivate your own resolve.

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Panel Discussion

People with a variety of sobriety durations will speak to common questions, and what AA tools have helped them the most during this difficult time. Workshop participants will have an opportunity to ask questions.

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Meditation

A guided mediation will culminate the workshop. An experienced mediation leader who is also in the process of recovery will lead the meditation.

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How the workshop will work

The workshop will run in 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.

Private one-on-one support: Volunteers will be available for private breakout sessions at the end of the workshop. This can be requested via chat.

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

Recovery didn’t open the gates of heaven and let me in. Recovery opened the gates of hell and let me out.

When you’ve survived all the shit your addiction has put you through, you can survive recovery.

Recovery is an acceptance that your life is in shambles and you have to change.

I am not defined by my relapses, but by my decision to remain in recovery despite them.

I understood myself only after I destroyed myself. And only in the process of fixing myself, did I know who I really was.

The goal isn’t to be sober. The goal is to love yourself so much that you don’t need to drink.

My recovery must come first so that everything I love in life doesn’t have to come last.

I’m not telling you it is going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over