Let’s Grow DA Public Information Calls

From the Let’s Grow DA page on the Northwest Debtors Anonymous website:

Our ISR, a 2nd-year member of both the WSC PI Committee and Intergroup Caucus, working with several other DA members — mostly past and present ISRs and GSRs — is leading the organization of a series of 90-minute conference calls offering an open exchange of experience, strength, and hope on the topic of DA Public Information. There will be nine monthly calls, beginning in January 2017, extensively covering the topic of PI, and creating lots of space for sharing and Q&A. The goal is to make PI less scary and more fun for all interested DA members, allowing all of us easy access to this vital component of our 12th Step.

While several of the planners and trusted servants on these PI training calls are current WSC PI members, these calls are not hosted by either WSC or the GSB. Yet there is no conflict or controversy. Both WSC PI and the GSB are aware of these calls, but the materials we’re using are not yet approved as DA service literature, so we’re taking a grass roots approach to sharing them for now. The new PI handbook is in review by GSB PI now; perhaps it will be approved by this time next year! ​​In the meantime, we’re using the suggestions from the new PI handbook and welcome you to do the same. Join us. Let’s Grow DA!

Please share the link to this page — as well as Info for DA MembersList of Reported PI Activities, and Tear-Off Flyers for Posting — with anyone you think might be interested. All DA members are welcome to join us for the monthly PI calls! Please send questions to isr@northwestda.org. Many more details below, including the current draft of the new PI Handbook.

To learn more visit the Let’s Grow DA page on the Northwest DA site.

 

Experience, Strength, and Hope #2

How did you know you had a problem?

A life-long pattern of being seriously broke, sometimes with debts to pay, and working jobs I hated for low wages while doing work I loved for free.

How did you find D.A.?

I found a book on underearning by [non-Conference-approved literature], and recognized myself in his behavior immediately — another writer with Big Dreams who was out of control around money.

What have you learned in D.A.?

First, I’m not alone. Second, I’m not a terrible person or a pathetic loser: I’ve got a problem; and there are ways to handle it. D.A. keeps me in touch with and practicing those ways. It also offers help, from other people who have been there.

What suggestions do you have for newcomers in their first 90 days?

Try to put aside your preconceptions and stay open and receptive to other people and what they’re saying, even if it doesn’t seem to apply to you. Be patient; stick with it even if you feel bored or uneasy.

Anonymous

Experience, Strength, and Hope #1

How did you know you had a problem?

For years I struggled, talking/confiding in people I trusted, hoping to get help, to break out of deep, old patterns.  Nothing gave me relief.  I knew that others couldn’t relate to or understand my struggles with money.  This pain/isolation added to my struggle.

How did you find D.A.?

I was living in Boston at the time, attending [other 12 Step] meetings.  I must have heard someone in that fellowship mention the money program.  I found it and started to attend meetings in Boston.

What have you learned in D.A.?

It’s not about the money or numbers, but it is.  I am not alone.  There are others who struggle with issues similar to mine, but we each have unique ways our debting and underearning behaviors manifest.  There is always hope.  Of the three 12-step programs I’ve been involved with, this is the deepest, most spiritual and most difficult.  Happily, the recovery/healing is profound.  Having serenity around money issues is a miracle and a gift.

What suggestions do you have for newcomers in their first 90 days?

Don’t be surprised or discouraged if you “run away” after your first meeting or so.  It happened to me and happens to a lot of people.  It is a very powerful surrender and awareness to come to your first meeting.  Know that the D.A fellowship has been around for a while and will be here when you return.  Also, try six different meetings.  Start to write down your numbers right away.  Awareness of your spending/earning behavior is a profound eye-opener, and in my opinion a fundamental part of changing the behavior that includes vagueness and unconscious habits.

Lynne S.  Eugene, OR