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Past Women in Recovery Speakers


Wednesday, October 28, 2020


There are two problems in alcoholism: the powerlessness over alcohol, and the unmanageability of our lives. When we stop drinking, the powerlessness over alcohol is immediately reduced; the unmanageability of our lives is not automatically changed. It appears that unmanageability is outside of us. People, places, and things are unmanageable. Our lives are unmanageable because we don’t have a basic set of instructions for how to get through the day: what to do, moment by moment in the face of chaos. Steps three and eleven, which have to do with seeking God’s will, moment by moment, offer a solution. We can stop trying to force our will, and implement the A.A. concept of letting go and letting God guide us.



  • Program Flyer
  • Book: Being Sober and Becoming Happy by John A. MacDougall
  • Book: Clinician’s Guide to Spirituality by Bowen F. White and John A. MacDougall


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

SPONSORSHIP PANEL with Lisa D, Tricia W, Michelle G, Maru R, Corrie S

Women In Recovery recognizes the important role effective sponsorship plays in one’s 12-step recovery journey, as well as the many forms of addiction beyond alcohol or substance abuse that can negatively impact women’s lives and recovery success. We are offering an opportunity for our virtual audience to learn more about 12-step programing and effective sponsorship, regardless of addiction.

Please join us to hear from a panel of women from AA, NA, Al-Anon, OA, and CODA who have been sponsored and in turn sponsor women in their recovery using 12- step principles. They will describe how they were sponsored and how sponsorship has afforded them recovery. They will share their experience, strength, and hope in recovery and answer your questions about sponsorship.



Wednesday, August 26, 2020


Let’s take a look back to the early days of the 1930’s and 40’s, a time when many women were seen and not heard: good homemakers, smart women who helped build our country, and some who just drank too much. The stigma of a drunken woman made it extremely difficult to admit to a drinking problem.

So who were these pioneering women in the beginning days of AA? And just how did AA become a fellowship of men and women? They are the women on whose shoulders we stand today. Join us as we hear their stories. We honor them and the contributions that helped build the fellowship of recovery.



  • ANGELS, SAINTS & SINNERS: PIONEERING WOMEN IN THE EARLY DAYS OF AA with Kathleen Cook-Hunter (download video)
  • Lois Remembers by Lois W
  • Ann Smith’s Journal by Dick B
  • Grateful to Have Been There by Nell Wing
  • A Biography of Mrs. Marty Mann: The First Lady of Alcoholics by Sally Brown & David Brown
  • Marty Mann’s Primer on Alcoholism by Marty Mann
  • Sister Ignatia (Angel of Alcoholics Anonymous) by Mary Darrah
  • Hope!: The Story of Geraldine D, Alina Lodge & Recovery: By Dick B
  • The Factory Owner and the Convict by Dick B
  • Not God: A History of Alcoholics Anonymous by Ernie Kurtz
  • Straight from the Heart by Ann Richards
  • Betty Ford, A Glad Awakening by Betty Ford
  • Women Pioneers in 12 Step Recovery by Charlotte Hunter, Billye Jones & Joan Zieger
  • Key Players in AA History by Bob K
  • Silkworth.net


Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Chemistry of Addiction with Carol Ackley

How does brain chemistry interact with addiction? How does addiction affect brain chemistry? What are the short-term and long-term neurological effects of alcohol and other drugs as they relate to thinking, behavior, and decision making?

The disease of addiction is multifaceted and stems from many possible underlying causes and issues. Taking a look at one facet – the brain chemistry of addiction – can be an eye-opening and informative way to become more self-aware on our path of recovery. Join us for an in-depth and informed lecture to learn more about this physiological aspect of addiction.





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