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Aug. 6, 2018

Get your raffle tickets for only US$10 – With a chance for a full trip to CAWS 2019!

Just US$10 gives you the chance for all this:

 

ULTIMATE Package (US$180)

Including:

• Registration

• Workshops

• Speaker meetings

• Marathon meetings

• Entertainment

• Banquet dinner

• Brunch

• “Swedish fika” social

 

AND

4 nights at Hotel Scandic Infra City (US$500)

Your flight ticket (up to US$800)

 

TOTAL VALUE US$1480!

 

Drawn raffle ticket number will be presented in January–February 2019.

 

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Aug. 2, 2018

Share with us!

Get a raffle ticket and a chance to get your trip to the Cocaine Anonymous 35th World Convention “Stockholm Syndrome” (value US$1480)!

 

CAWS 2019 invites YOU to share your experience, hope and strength with us! During the upcoming year we will have three themes a month to inspire you to write about. Selected submissions will be posted monthly in the blog on the caws2019.org website. We love to see submissions from both newcomers and oldies. Keep in mind that sharing your experiences is a beautiful way to do service work!

 

All accepted* submissions will receive a digital raffle ticket with the chance for the CAWS 2019 ULTIMATE registration package, hotel and flight to Stockholm (value US$1480)!

 

Themes of August

• Step 1

• Tradition 1

• Letting go

(Deadline last day of the month)

 

How to submit

1. Pick one of the specified themes.

2. Write down your share in English or Swedish, approx. 250–600 words (1500–3500 characters) is preferred.

3. Send your text to submission@caws2019.org.

 

*Guidelines

Your text must be written in either English (preferred) or Swedish (submissions in Swedish will be translated into English if published). Don’t worry about grammar, spelling or punctuation as we will ’polish’ the text if needed. Feel free to write about other recovery-related themes than the specified if you want to.

 

State in your submission if you want your first name published along with the text or not (otherwise the text will be signed “CA member” if published). We don’t publish full names due to anonymity. Remember that blog posts can be shared from the website on social media by anyone (not just in secret Facebook Groups). Other than cited quotes, each submission must be the author’s original writing. Submissions must be a minimum of 200 words and a maximum of 1000 words. Only send one article/submission. You can submit as many times as you want.

 

By submitting your article to submission@caws2019.org you agree to let CAWS 2019 publish your article at www.caws2019.org.

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Aug. 2, 2018

Contribute to CAWS 2019 with YOUR artwork!

Get a raffle ticket and a chance to get your trip to the Cocaine Anonymous 35th World Convention “Stockholm Syndrome” (value US$1480)!

 

Is your passion making art? Are you a painter, illustrator, graphic designer, photographer, jewellery designer or sculptor? CAWS 2019 invites YOU to design artwork and contribute to the auction at the convention.

 

Selected submissions will be posted in the blog continuously. Some of the submissions will finally be selected for auction at the convention (in spirit of the 7th tradition).

 

All accepted* submissions will receive a digital raffle ticket with the chance for the CAWS 2019 ULTIMATE registration package, hotel and flight to Stockholm (value US$1480)!

 

Art themes

• Stockholm Syndrome

• Recovery

• CA

 

How to submit

1. Pick one of the themes above

2. Create your artwork!

3. Send an image of your artwork to submission@caws2019.org, along with information about art technique used and original size. Also write your first name and country.

 

*Guidelines

If you’re not a digital artist, please digitalise your work by scanning or photographing it. The image of your artwork should be in JPG-format. You can submit up to 10 artworks during August 2nd 2018 to June 15th 2019. All submissions must be the artists original artwork.

 

By submitting your artwork to submission@caws2019.org you agree to let CAWS 2019 publish your artwork at www.caws2019.org. All submissions selected for auction will be contacted by email and artwork won't be auctioned out without agreement.

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July 20, 2018

Hotel rooms and rates at Scandic Infra City

These are the available rooms and rates at Hotel Scandic Infra City – the hotel where CAWS 2019 is being held.

 

Please note that all rates in USD and EUR has been rounded off. For an updated and more exact rate, please use the currency converter below. The exact rate is determined by currency rates on the date of card payment (not date of booking).

 

 

Standard room

Available for 1–2 p

 

1 person: 1500 SEK

Approx. 170 USD, 145 EUR
Total cost for the room with breakfast included for 1 person

 

2 persons: 1600 SEK 

Approx. 180 USD, 155 EUR
Total cost for the room with breakfast included for 2 persons

 

 

 

 

Superior room

Available for 3 p

 

3 persons: 2100 SEK 

Approx. 240 USD, 200 EUR
Total cost for the room with breakfast included for 3 persons

 

 

 

 

Superior Family room

Available for 3–4 p (up to 5 p if some of them are children)

 

3 persons: 2500 SEK

Approx. 280 USD, 240 EUR
Total cost for the room with breakfast included for 3 persons

 

4 persons: 2500 SEK

Approx. 280 USD, 240 EUR
Total cost for the room with breakfast included for 4 persons

 

 

 

 

Children

Fill out children as adults in the hotel booking form (or you wont be able to see available rooms). Contact Hotel Scandic Infra City and let them know you travel with children. They will help you with any questions or needs.

 

 

Hotel Contact for any questions

Saif Chalabi, Sales Agent, Scandic Infra City

Direct: +46 (8) 517 344 22

saif.chalabi@scandichotels.com

 

 

 

 

BOOKING CODE FOR CAWS 2019 PARTICIPANTS:  BCAS290619 

You have to enter the booking code to see available rooms and rates. After clicking the link to the hotel booking, enter the booking code (see image below), and the dates (code valid for 07/01/19–07/11/19) before clicking “See rooms and prices”. Make sure you have the correct dates and year selected.

 

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July 13, 2018

Focusing on the newcomer

Hello! I’m Mattias V and I’m the Program Chair of CAWS 2019!

 

I have a very exciting and important service mission.

 

I could only have dreamt that we would be the hosts for a world convention. I've been a part of CA Sweden since there was only one single meeting in Stockholm and seeing the fellowship grow and thrive is an experience which has meant a lot to me. I can’t put it into words! So when I was asked to be the chairman of the program, my answer was obviously YES.

 

My committee has always had the newcomer in focus, which can sometimes be difficult, but keeping the newcomer in mind is one of the main reasons CA has grown in Sweden into what we are today.

 

When planning CAWS 2019, we wanted to do something different, not just the usual world convention. In our own journey we have found that Unity is of great importance, so we will try to not have things collide with each other in the schedule during the convention.

 

We also want to invite really great speakers, even if some oldtimers have already heard them. We are focusing on the newcomers!

 

I’m so excited to see you all at CAWS 2019!

 

Mattias V

Program Chair, “Stockholm Syndrome” CAWS 2019

 

Visit caws2019.org to register and find out more!

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July 7, 2018

Stockholm Syndrome launch video!

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July 6, 2018

Help us reach out!

Sweden is so excited to host CAWS 2019! We would love your help to reach out to YOUR C.A. area, district and meeting groups!

 

You can help us reach out by downloading the CAWS 2019 flyer, print it and distribute it in your local meeting groups.

 

We also encourage you to inform about CAWS 2019 on your local C.A. area, district or meeting group web page. 

 

And we love your help to share the web address, caws2019.org and our blog posts in other C.A. related Facebook groups that you are a part of. To share a blog post from caws2019.org on Facebook, click on the blog post and then click the “Share” icon. Select the Facebook group you want to share the blog post in.

 

Of course we are also very grateful for all the help we can get from you by spreading the word at the local meetings that you participate in!

 

CAWS 2019 info and registration: www.caws2019.org

 

CAWS 2019 hotel booking: www.scandichotels.com/infracity

BOOKING CODE FOR CAWS 2019 PARTICIPANTS:  BCAS290619 

You have to enter the booking code to see available rooms and rates. After clicking the link to the hotel booking, enter the booking code, and the dates (code valid for 07/01/19–07/11/19) before clicking “See rooms and prices”. Make sure you have the correct dates and year selected.

 

Sign up for CAWS 2019 Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dxB8d9

 

CAWS 2019 Facebook Group: The secret Facebook Group is “CAWS 2019 Stockholm, Sweden”. Get added by contacting info@caws2019.org or ask a friend that are already in the group to add you. Please note that you can not share Facebook posts from the group on your Facebook page or in other Facebook groups (since it's a secret group). If you do, only the people that are already in the group will be able to see the post anyway.

 

If you have any questions, requests or would like to get involved and help us make the best C.A. convention ever, please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@caws2019.org

 

Love and gratitude from Sweden!

 

 

Download flyers for print (A4/US letter, color/BW, English):

 


www.caws2019.org/media_page

 

 

Download the CAWS 2019 logo:

 

www.caws2019.org/media_page

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July 6, 2018

What about the name Stockholm Syndrome?

It all started two years ago when we applied to host the World Convention 2019. To be honest, I never really thought we would get it. So, I voted for it! Some months later we got the message from CAWSO that Sweden will in fact be the host of the CA World Convention 2019! OMG! What happens now!?

 

Excited, curios and thrilled about the responsibility we had been given, we started to set up directions and the planning began in a basement in Södermalm. The years have really gone by fast. With a group of wonderful service-loving people the convention started to take its form. 

 

It’s the Vice Chair’s service committee’s area of responsibility to set the name of the World Convention. So, what we did was to gather some of the craziest, most creative and experienced CA people in a room where we began to pick each other’s brains to really go into the depth of the drug addicts motivation to come to Sweden. What would be attractive for the newcomers, bleeding deacons, elderly statesmen, Americans, Europeans, Asians, Africans? What name would make them curios enough to go North of the wall?

 

A lot of different crazy ideas were put on the table. One that really stood out was Stockholm Syndrome. A phrase known world wide, after a kidnapping drama that occurred in 1973, in Stockholm. Stockholm Syndrome is since then a synonym of when a captive falls in love with its kidnapper. Provocative? Yes, indeed. Some will like it, some will not. We love it! 

 

Hope to see you soon!

 

Per G

Vice Chair, “Stockholm syndrome” CAWS 2019

 

Visit caws2019.org to register and find out more!

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July 4, 2018

Hotel booking issues solved!

Due to a system malfunction that has now been fixed, participants could book all our available room types, including our Superior Rooms, for a short period of time.


This is now fixed, which means that if you are 1–2 people, it is a standard room that is bookable. For 3 persons and more, it is our Superior room that is bookable.


Bookings made by 1 or 2 people who received a Superior room have now been placed to a Queen Superior consisting of a 160 cm. bed as well as a wall bed.

We also have bigger Superior rooms that are slightly larger in size and where space is available for extra bed. These we want to reserve to those who are 3 people and more.


I would like to emphasize that all our Superior rooms are of the same standard and are similar in the performance. Just that in our Queen Superior, you can not accommodate an extra bed.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

 

Best wishes,

Saif Chalabi, Sales Agent, Scandic Infra City

Direct: +46 (8) 517 344 22

saif.chalabi@scandichotels.com

 

 

How to book Hotel Scandic Infra City

 

 

BOOKING CODE FOR CAWS 2019 PARTICIPANTS:  BCAS290619 

You have to enter the booking code to see available rooms and rates. After clicking the link to the hotel booking, enter the booking code (see image below), and the dates (code valid for 07/01/19–07/11/19) before clicking “See rooms and prices”. Make sure you have the correct dates and year selected.

 

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July 1, 2018

The countdown to “Stockholm Syndrome” CAWS 2019 starts now!

Register today for the convention of a lifetime!

 

As the first non-English speaking host country we are happy to welcome you to Sweden — the land of the vikings, IKEA, ABBA and of course the famous condition “Stockholm Syndrome”. A concept we thought had so many interesting interpretations that we chose to name the convention just that. We hope you like it as much as we do!

 

The fellowship of CA Sweden has grown fast since the start in 2003. Even though we are a small country with a population of only 10 million people, we can now count 63 meetings a week spread over 19 cities. In Stockholm alone, there’s an average of 4–5 meetings a day. We are proud to present “Stockholm Syndrome 2019” — an event with full focus on recovery from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. We have some truly magical days planned with amazing speakers from around the world, inspiring workshops, marathon meetings, world class entertainment and much more.

 

We especially welcome anyone who believes they might have a problem with drugs or alcohol. We also welcome everybody else who is interested in participating in this great event: Co-Anon members, drug and alcohol addiction related treatment centers, hospitals and institutions, members of the press or anyone with a curiosity of a solution for drug and alcohol addiction.

 

Cocaine Anonymous 35th World Convention is being held at Infra City in Stockholm, Sweden 4–8th July 2019.

 

Visit caws2019.org to register and find out more!

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July 1, 2018

Where is Sweden? And why should you care?

CA Sweden started in September of 2003 with a small stable core of members, and after a few stumbles during the first couple of years, the fellowship grew wider and became part of something grand. It became the part of CA World. As we grew we needed to navigate our way forward, we asked for help arranging conventions and retreats, we asked for help in translating pamphlets and books, we asked for help in many ways – and we always received what we needed, though not always what we asked for.

 

Our fellows were wiser than we were. Giving us direction, love and understanding, we became a part of a strong fellowship and for that we are eternally grateful! We do now recognize ourselves as “a part of” and we feel both proud and humble that we are given the task of planning the greatest party ever seen. 

 

We love being of service and feel that we are finally in a position of paying back what so generously has been given to us – and we will give it our all!


Being part of CA is a journey, not a goal!


From Sweden with love!

 

Johan T

Chair, “Stockholm Syndrome” CAWS 2019 Sweden

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