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Feb. 17, 2019

A solution for life – CA member share

Attending my first C.A. meeting in 2016, I felt something incredibly positive in this fellowship, right away. For me, this was the first meeting introducing me to the Big Book and the solution. 

 

In the beginning, meeting readings confused me. The word “God” agonized me because life had defined “God as I understood Him” through Catholicism and confrontations with biblical Christianity. Neither had been helpful in living my life. Mind-altering substances were the only way I could deal with life, and after 40 years of using, it was a complete bankruptcy. I needed to find a new understanding of a Higher Power greater than me, learn to trust it, and have an entirely new experience with it.

 

My emotional, spiritual, physical and financial rock bottom was total. Identifying with what was shared in meetings woke my curiosity. So I kept coming back to the fellowship.

 

After my third meeting I found a sponsor. She helped me with daily survival and encouraged me to keep going to meetings, reading the Big Book, writing a gratitude list, and calling other members daily. She also prompted me to do service in the fellowship, and to always say “yes” when asked to do something, like reading a meeting text. Making coffee helped me being a part of the fellowship. As a result, I re-learned being responsible and accountable.

 

When I started the 12 steps of recovery, I realized more and more how important the fellowship is to me. I learned how it can be tempting to look for differences rather than similarities, and how this can blind me against possible resources on the way to recovery. So I need to keep in mind we have one thing in common – we are addicts and we have a solution. With this solution I can experience a Higher Power, God as I understand Him today, and deal with life. My faith deepened especially in steps 4 and 5.

 

2017 I experienced the fellowship in a special way at my first C.A. Convention in Holland. I neither understand Dutch nor English, but I knew I belonged. People came from different countries and different walks of life, were in different phases of their recovery, yet a wonderful heartfelt joy connected us. Because we were all on a common journey and had found a solution. 

 

One thing I noticed in this fellowship continues to touch my heart: No one asks about our careers, what cars we drive, if we have kids, are single or married, or our finances. Our fellowship is just about how we can support each other on the way to recovery, and everyone helps in whatever way they can without having to meet any expectations. 

 

I heard from one C.A. member that I do not have to like everyone in this fellowship, but it is important to treat everybody with kindness and respect, because that is how I would like to be treated, and not everybody likes me, for whatever reasons. 

 

So step 10 is getting more and more important, otherwise I could not recognize our similarities and my part over and over. Step 10 enables me to do my part for C.A. to grow in my area. Sometimes I need to remind myself not to ask “would I have partied with these people,” but “do they have a solution that can help me stay sober.”

 

Today I can say that these people not only have a solution for sobriety, but a solution for my life. I found beautiful friends in this fellowship and for that I am immensely grateful.

 

Marianne, CA member

 

Any opinions expressed in this text belong to the writer and do not necessairly represent CA as a whole.

 

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Feb. 1, 2019

Share with us! Themes of February

Get a opportunity 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 opportunity ticket with the chance for the CAWS 2019 ULTIMATE registration package, hotel and flight to Stockholm (value US$1480)!

 

Themes of February

• Step 8

• Tradition 8

• Newcomer

(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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Jan. 4, 2019

Stockholm Syndrome, where villains can be heroes! – CA member share

I have been thinking about the name of this convention and actually how appropriate it is in describing my experience of Cocaine Anonymous. Per G. wrote in the blog (July 6th 2018) about the origins of the synonym, do read that.

 

I arrived in this fellowship an absolutely broken man; I couldn’t live without drugs and knew I had no choice but use again. My children didn’t want to know me, I couldn’t maintain any relationships and I felt lost and alone. At the time I was working as a lecturer in University, lived in some grandeur with a beautiful partner, on paper my life was wonderful, but I simply couldn’t capitalize on anything, I was miserable, always agitated and so unhappy. Self-medication was my only solution and I was completely captive to drugs and alcohol, losing control dramatically at times, causing chaos and feeling full of shame. 

 

The trouble however, even though I was bust when I arrived, I had not surrendered denial and did not know how very sick I was. My defenses were strong and in my perception, having a posh post-code, a suit and a PhD was a sign that I was clever! I was older than most of the guys in my first group, I had never been to prison or owned a baseball cap, I didn’t even swear!! BUT this bunch of tattooed boys had answers that I didn’t; they took me in and gave me a solution. They loved me enough to say, "Be quite and listen" going on to add that "you do not know how to stay clean, we do."

 

I grew as I took on board their guidance, hung on the words of my sponsor, half my age and a funny accent that came to mean nothing. He took me through the steps and I found a power to live by, I was set free. Today I marvel at our fellowship, the amazing breadth of members all joined in a common solution. Makes no difference if you were previously a Lawyer or a Priest, a Cat Burglar or Beggar. Our mutual experiences mark us as all similar in our disease and join us in an incredible unifying purpose. In fact I love these guys who captured me with their solution. Today I look beyond what you wear, the car you drive or the job you do and simply want to know how I might help or what you can do for the newcomer. How we can join together in changing the hearts of those that suffer.

 

This summer I so look forward to hooking up with some of the original gang that carried the message to me, to give something back, to celebrate the glory of C.A. as it grows in Europe and hopefully bring more members from Germany who have not yet fully experienced the Spiritual solution that will be on offer at CAWS 35 – Stockholm Syndrome.

 

dj

 

Any opinions expressed in this text belong to the writer and do not necessairly represent CA as a whole.

 

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Jan. 1, 2019

Share with us! Themes of January

Get a opportunity 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 opportunity ticket with the chance for the CAWS 2019 ULTIMATE registration package, hotel and flight to Stockholm (value US$1480)!

 

Themes of January

• Step 7

• Tradition 7

• Willingness, honesty and open mindedness

(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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Dec. 1, 2018

Share with us! Themes of December

Get a opportunity 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 opportunity ticket with the chance for the CAWS 2019 ULTIMATE registration package, hotel and flight to Stockholm (value US$1480)!

 

Themes of December

• Step 6

• Tradition 6

• Hope, faith and courage

(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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Nov. 4, 2018

Step 5 – CA member share

I attempted to take step 5 four times before it worked. So here are three ways that didn’t work:

 

First, I shared my life story with a therapist. Paid her for hearing it, felt good about getting hours of undivided attention, still suffered lack of power afterwards and remained restless, irritable, discontent. I was still dying on the inside.

 

Then there was this creepy sit-down in a church room with a member of another fellowship who curiously heard me out. But not having had the explanations based on the Big Book, I wasn’t near admitting the exact nature of my wrongs to myself, to God or to the other human being in the room. And I was still dying on the inside. 

 

The third one was with a sponsor in another fellowship who gave me some instructions based on the Big Book, but we didn’t really get around to looking at the exact nature of my wrongs. Heavy on columns 1 and 2, I could unload some stuff, but the search light over my character defects was limited to the flickering flame of check-marking abstract words on a list. Still dying on the inside. 

 

Eventually I found Cocaine Anonymous sober, but spiritually very sick. My first C.A. sponsor guided me with some hardnosed suggestions. This time in step 5, I got to talk about how my selfishness, self-centeredness, self-delusion and arrogance had always hurt other people and isolated me from God and my fellows. I saw how it had the potential to destroy everything beautiful in life. I walked away from this experience wanting to change completely. I stopped dying and started living. 

 

This time, the Big Book promises came true. I will never forget the peace that washed over me that night. I was delighted. I could look the world in the eye. I could be alone at perfect peace and ease. My fears fell from me and I began to feel the nearness of my Creator. I began to have a spiritual experience. The feeling that the problem had disappeared came strongly. I felt I was on the Broad Highway, walking hand in hand with the Spirit of the Universe. 

 

Claudia, C.A. member

 
Any opinions expressed in this text belong to the writer and do not necessairly represent CA as a whole.

 

Do YOU want to share your story with us?

Send it to submission@caws2019.org

More info in the blog posts “Share with us”.
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Nov. 1, 2018

Share with us! Themes of November

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 November

• Step 5

• Tradition 5

• Fellowship

(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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Oct. 24, 2018

Don’t miss the best of Stockholm and Sweden – 4 Swedish CA members share their best inside tips!

We asked 4 members of the Swedish CA fellowship what you shouldn’t miss while in Sweden! Here’s what they answered:

 

#1, Alicia A:

“Don’t miss the Stockholm Archipelago!”

 
Swedish word or phrase you must learn:

Lagom 

means ”just enough”

 

Swedish food you must try:

Flygande Jacob (but only if I make it).

 

Best thing to do in Stockholm:

Sit in a park and watch people.

 

The number one spot in Sweden you can’t miss while here:

Stockholm archipelago.

 

/Alicia A

 

 

#2, Nemo H:

“Watch Hammarby live!”

 
Swedish word or phrase you must learn:

SKÅL! 

means ”cheers”

 

Swedish food you must try:

Kebab-plate at Pizzeria Picolo Angelo in Hornstull.

 

Best thing to do in Stockholm:

Watch Hammarby live at Tele 2 Arena (Stockholm based soccer team).

 

The number one spot in Sweden you can’t miss while here:

SÖDERMALM! Just enjoy!

 

/Nemo H

 

 

#3, Angelica Z:

“Visit Swedens first town!”

 
Swedish word or phrase you must learn:

Beroende 

means ”addict”

 

Swedish food you must try:

Kalles kaviar – fish eggs (not because you’ll like it, but because you’re not a sissy)

 

Best thing to do in Stockholm:

Stroll along Monteliusvägen at Södermalm to get a nice view of Stockholm. Sit down for a picknick at Skinnarviksberget and enjoy the Stockholm skyline. Very close by there’s also a CA meeting at noon every day!

 

The number one spot in Sweden you can’t miss while here:

Only 20 min away from the convention you’ll find Sigtuna – a small beautiful town! Rent a car and travel north. Stop for a swim and work on your tan at Steningebadet, then go for a yummy barbecue buffé lunch at Steninge slott (where you can also visit a couple of cool hunting stores if you’re into hunting, or some nice interior design stores if you’re into interior design). Finish your visit in Sigtuna town by strolling the picturesque street Stora Gatan in Swedens first town, founded in 970. Don’t miss the ruins of the Medieval churches.

 

/Angelica Z

 

 

#4, Aziz D:

“Got to try the real Swedish meatballs!”

 
Swedish word or phrase you must learn:

Hej, hur mår du?

means ”Hi, how are you?”

 

Swedish food you must try:

Real Swedish meatballs either at Riche, Hotel Diplomat or Sturehof. Best in Town.

 

Best thing to do in Stockholm:

Tough choice, either take the boat from Nybroplan to Fjäderholmarna take a stroll on this small Island that will give you to the archipelago vibe but close to the city. Boat ride takes about 15–20 min and cost US$30 back-and-forth. Or take a walk around Djurgården.

 

The number one spot in Sweden you can’t miss while here:

The one spot you can't miss (other than ”CAWS 2019 – Stockholm Syndrome”) is either take the boat ride to Fjäderholmarna or visit the Vasa Museum – it’s amazing.

 

/Aziz D

 

Welcome to Sweden! More tips coming up soon...

 

Any opinions expressed in this text belong to the writer and do not represent CA as a whole. CA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution.
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Oct. 23, 2018

Sobriety is the Prize – CA member share

I learned in the rooms that my closest friend and confidant wasn’t that at all. He was King Alcohol, a regent and higher power bent on my destruction. These are not easy words to say as a member of a Christian church, but this is not a fellowship of palatable truths and soft landings.

 

This is Cocaine Anonymous, a place where my ego gets crushed and my self-delusion is scrubbed away over time. This is my home, where I am discovering the true me. It’s also where I equip myself with difficult truths and I live off of large helpings of reality.

 

King Alcohol rendered me, at his feet, powerless and blacked out at noon on a Monday. I seemed so surprised then that vodka could do that to me, but I’ve learned since then that I’m just a hopeless alcoholic and I drank to live.

 

Once my mind started to clear up and my emotions started thawing again, I saw the emptying, gaping hole in my chest, where the booze, marijuana, and other addictions used to line the insides. I could now feel the raw pain. Fuck, I’m so deficient! I’m not enough.

 

When I felt not enough, I obsessively sought relationships. So, I wanted to sober up quickly, keeping the goal in mind of going back out there to date. I did everything my sponsor said. I’ll do this all this work now so that I can go back to how it was… with less of a guilty conscience.

 

And soon after I finished the steps, I did start dating again. It was awful. Dating and meeting women sober is hard. After a whole slew of unsuccessful attempts, I (kinda) stopped. I wasn’t repeating the behaviors, revealed by my sex list, but I was sick with my fears. My sponsor spoke to me about this from day one, where life isn’t about relationships, but rather developing a lasting relationship with ourselves. I (kinda) accepted the advice to give dating a break, put aside my old ideas and devices, and trust God more than I did when I came in.

 

What now, God?

 

His response was, let me show you.

 

With a growing junkie-level dedication to the 11th step, I developed a real appetite for meditation. Prayer felt like food and water now. And there, in the quiet stillness with self, I met myself. And I wasn’t too shabby. No… I am OK. I am enough. I am a child of God, loved and accepted as I am, by him and by my fellowship.

 

Relationships, sex, romance… they’re secondary gifts from God, “neither to be used selfishly or lightly, nor despised or loathed.” The primary gift of God is sobriety and it truly is the good shit. it’s what I strive to focus on everyday.

 

I’m eternally grateful that I gave up last year and said that I’m powerless to this disease. Life seems to be cyclical and every revolution in sobriety seems to bring about welcome changes in me. Not picking up today means that I get to enjoy this gift of God and do what I can to pass it on to others.

 

In a recent Facebook comment, an CA old-timer said, “You can have a fantastic life for the rest of your life. (If you continue to do what you have to do).”

 

That parenthetical note is what separates life and death for an alcoholic and drug addict like me.

 

So, I choose life just for today, life is sobriety.

 

Sobriety is the prize, and nothing else.

 

CA member

 
Any opinions expressed in this text belong to the writer and do not necessairly represent CA as a whole.

 

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Oct. 22, 2018

12 Swedish phrases you must learn to speak like a real Swede

1. “Det är lagom”

Means: It’s just enough

 

Swedes are rarely fond of things being too much or too little, why this is a very useful expression to declare that something is just enough. Not to be confused with things being extremely perfect, as Swedes are hard to impress and tend to not get over excited. Also, of course not to be confused with Swedish drug addicts and alcoholics being moderate.

 

 

2. “Smakar det så kostar det”

Means: If it tastes, it costs

 

This is a useful phrase to console a person that payed a bit too much but hopefully got something of good quality in return.

 

 

3. “Hur är läget?”

Means: How are things going?

 

A typically Swedish way to say “how are you doing?”.

 

 

4. “Typ”

Means: Sort of, kind of, ish

 

A word used by Swedes in almost every sentence to keep their statements a bit more open and not as an exact description of reality.

 

 

5. “Smaken är som baken”

Means: The taste is like the butt

 

This rhyming phrase is used to imply that a person has bad taste and therefore a taste divided from my own. As the butt is divided.

 

 

6. “Jag vabbar idag”

Means: I’m staying at home from work today with my sick child

 

Sweden has one of the most generous parental benefits in the world. The Swedish parent can stay at home with the sick child and still get payed from “Försäkringskassan”. VAB is short for “Vård Av Barn” which directly translated means “Care Of Child”.

 

 

7. “Jag pallar inte”

Means: I’m not up for it

 

A useful expression for a Swede who doesn’t feel like doing something or facing something.

 

 

8. “Det är en dag imorgon också”

Means: There’s a day tomorrow as well

 

An expression used to state that it’s time to go home when you’re out in the evening at a party or a get-together. However, this expression is of course never used by Swedish drug addicts or alcoholics.

 

 

9. “Sakta i backarna”

Means: Slow down in the hills

 

A phrase used to tell someone to hold it or take it easy. Sort of like the American expression “hold your horses”.

 

 

10. “Hen”

Means: Him or her

 

This modern Swedish word is used to describe humans with equality perspective. By not assuming that we’re talking about a man or a woman when the gender is actually unknown, could be either one or could be a person who does'nt identify themselves as neither a man or a woman.

 

 

11. “Ingen dans på rosor”

Means: Not a dance on roses

 

When life is hard on you, this Swedish phrase says it all.

 

 

12. “Fan, vad fett!”

Means: Damn, that’s fat!

 

When Swedes talk about fat it’s more likely that the conversation is about something that is “awesome” and not about body weight.

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Oct. 22, 2018

Why are YOU going to Sweden and CAWS 2019?

We asked some of the members of our fellowship to tell us a little bit about their reason for visiting Sweden and CAWS 2019 – “Stockholm Syndrome”! This is what they told us:

 

“I am going to the C.A. World Convention next year in Sweden because I owe my life to Cocaine Anonymous. The annual world convention is where I plug in to the spirit of Unity and Enthusiasm. 2019 will be really special because it is being hosted by the Sweden area as part of the European region and the European region is where C.A. is growing fastest. I am looking forward to meeting new friends there from all over the world. I’m so excited and I can’t wait for July 4, 2019 to arrive.”

 

Tom P

 

 

“Why I am going to Sweden ? Well why not – until I met Robert b it was just ABBA,Vikings and ice hockey. By invitation I went and soon after attended the 1st ever Swedish Convention. I discovered snow, ‘skagen’ and ‘snus’ and a small group of addicts whose enthusiasm had overcome all odds to host a modest event. I am going over again to see if the 69 meetings or so need any more help!”

 

Nicholas L

 

 

“CAWS 2019 in Stockholm will be an incredible recovery event. I have experienced the hospitality of the CA Sweden fellowship over the years and continue to be amazed by their commitment and zeal for sharing the message of recovery. I am going to the convention a few days early for a few meetings and another look around Stockholm. It is a beautiful city. There will be so many people from Europe attending the convention that have not been to the US or Canada. CAWS 2019 in Stockholm will be a great opportunity to form new friendships with them and reconnect with friends already made. The program looks great. The speakers and workshops will certainly make an impact on my recovery. I cant wait for the Viking Island activity being offered. It will be a blast! Please come to CAWS 2019 in Stockholm.  It may be one of the best decisions you have ever made.”

 

Jim E

 

 

“Why the buzz? What is so special about Sweden? Why are we so excited about Stockholm and CAWSC 35 next year? We are based in Frankfurt and part of one of the smallest and youngest service areas in Europe. Previously C.A. did not have any meetings in Germany, no literature, nothing, except some old friends in Hamburg and sponsors in the UK. It’s difficult to imagine recovery when you don’t speak the language and there is no literature, we had German Big Books but that was it. All we could do was invite experience into our fledgling meetings by translating HFC II into German. Big question, could we do it? Was it possible? Was it legal? Would we grow? Who to ask? Sweden had the same experience, they held Regional Assembly in 2006, so could we. Later they had HFC II translated into Swedish, (how it happened is a story worth hearing), and if they could, we could. All we have in this fellowship is the experience of those who have gone before and we built a fellowship here in Germany based on support from the Dutch, love and encouragement from the UK and the "Just Do It" attitude of Sweden. So … perhaps the biggest reason for heading to Stockholm is to say thank you and celebrate C.A. Europe. Of course this is also a milestone in the history of C.A. Rarely do we see the World Convention outside of America, naturally, the US is the birthplace of C.A. and we in Europe are just young offspring, but we are coming of age and this convention is epic in being the first in a largely non-English speaking Region. CAWSC has been to Montreal twice with its French speaking membership and of course Birmingham in 2012, but this is mainland Europe, this is the fastest growing region of C.A. and the most diverse. Our own home group is made up of members who speak English, German, Croatian, Russian, Persian, Turkish, Kenyan, Hindi and Greek! So we hope to meet new members who can take the enthusiasm of this fellowship back to their home countries. So Sweden for us is going to be about reaching out to the membership and spreading the word. There is probably one final reason we are so excited and that is – it is the Swedes! Have you seen them? They are simply the most beautiful people, generous and enthusiastic, chic and stylish with a design sensibility that is so cool its icy. Sure you've seen the graphics already, truly inspired, young and fresh like nothing else before in C.A. The ideas, the blog, everything has a sense of great adventure to it. We just know that this is going to be the most amazing convention, which can only be made better by seeing you there.”

 

David & Claudia, Frankfurt Group

 

 

So, why are YOU going?

Please share with us and send to submission@caws2019.org

 

Also, don’t forget to register at caws2019.org and book your hotel room at scandichotels.com/infracity

 

Can’t wait to see you all in Stockholm, Sweden!

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Oct. 3, 2018

Only 9 months to go!

Recently We had a meeting with what We call “redaktionen”. It’s a group that handle the information regarding the Stockholm Syndrome CAWS 2019. We frequently meet and for the first time we had the meeting at The Infracity Hotel were the convention is beeing held in July next year – the place is great! We are a group of service willing people and our meeting addressing big and small questions like: What kind of service level does an international guest expect? What should the merch look like? How can we reach the media accordingly to the traditions? It’s an important job and it needs to be done! We are doing it! We are now taking the preperation to the next level with only 9 months to go and the 6th of october We are inviting members of CA to participate in a ”big meeting” here in Stockholm to see who wants to be a part of different service posts before and during the convention – come and join us!
If you are not planning to make a baby tonight. Book the ticket today!

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Oct. 1, 2018

Share with us! Themes of October

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 October

• Step 4

• Tradition 4

• Gratitude

(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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Sept. 28, 2018

Hope, Faith & Courage in Swedish – How HFC II was translated and approved in Swedish

“How do we get approved translated litterature (we do of course translate it ourselves)?”

 

The above is a quote from an email from Robert sent to the trustee on Sept. 25, 2003, three weeks before the first CA meeting started in Sweden. On March 2, 2013, Sweden recived an approved version of HFC II. This is, very briefly, how it happened.

 

CA started in Sweden in the fall of 2003, I went at my first CA meeting in autumn 2004, a meeting which consisted, apart from me, of two people. When “Who is a cocaine addict?” was read something happened. I recognized the whole description. It could have been written about me and I stayed in CA.

 

In 2006, CA Sweden's held its first area meeting. J was elected chairman of the translation committee and I exprerssed an interest in doing service, the whole committee consisted of the two of us. We decided that we would translate the book HFC that year. We asked about what they had done earlier. One of the ideas had been to give each newcomer a pamphlet to translate before the next meeting, that is to say a week later. This was something that all newcomers had happily agreed to, no problems, but the result had been that they never came back. That made this a bad procedure.

 

J and I started working, we translated three pamphlets and some texts for meetings quickly. But that fall I went to Thailand for the winter to work as a diver and J moved to Norway. The translation work stopped completely. But we never stopped discussing it, at every area meeting we said: the first thing we do will be to translate the book.

 

By 2009, CA had grown and benefited from new talents, a new translation committe was formed with T as chairman, and this committee translated three stories. The method was that each of them translated one story, then the Committee met and the one that had translated each story read it while the others sat and compared with the English original. If someone thought something was wrong he noted this in his text and after the entire story had been read they compared everyone's comments and discussed them. When everyone was in agreement the translation was declared complete. This method gave very good results but was extremely time consuming. Translating a story took many hours, and the method was soon phased out.

 

By 2011, I knew that if we as a community were to translate the book in the foreseeable future, we would have to hire a pro. I googled translation agencies and emailed maybe 30 of them, None were willing to translate something directly from a physical paper book, they insisted upon receiving the text electronically. I emailed the WSO and asked if I could get the text in electronic form but had no luck.

 

In a desperate last attempt, I checked the swedish adverising site Blocket.se, and found an advertisement. I contacted the man who said that he was willing to translate directly from the book. I called my good friend Mattias and asked him to meet the guy, since they both lived in the same part of town. He met him on the same day.

 

After the meeting, he called me and said, “What the hell was that?”

 

“What do you mean?” I wondered.

 

“First, he said to meet him on a beach,” said Matthias. “As I stood there on the beach and waited in mid-winter, I saw a rowboat come with slow strokes over the water. What an idiot, I thought to myself. The rowboat reached the beach and a long-haired guy in well-worn clothes got out. He pulled the boat up on shore and started walking towards me. The guy held out his hand and said, ‘Are you Mattias? I'm David’. The guy smiled with his bad teeth and asked if I had brought the book. I gave it to him, he said goodbye and went back to his boat, climbed in and rowed away again.”

 

Even if we never heard from David again, we thought the book had probably found a home anyway. But I heard from David a few hours later, he would charge 1500 USD to translate the entire book, and wanted to be paid as each chapter was completed. It would take a month, he said. This sounded too good to be true but it was worth a try, so I said ok.

 

Later that night the first email from David came. The first five chapters are complete, pay X USD to my account. I skimmed through the text, and it was alright, so I paid. The nightly emails kept coming, and two weeks later the whole book was translated. I think I transferred money round ten times during that time, I did not even have time to read through the texts, for he translated faster than I read.

 

We were reluctant to send it all over to the WSO, we wanted to be sure that a book would come of it, and it wouldn't disappear somewhere. The World Convention was to be held for the first time in England and I knew that everyone would be there.

 

I found that people could produce their own books online, you just uploaded the whole text in one pdf. No sooner said than done. I had just been elected delegate for Sweden and wrote in my first delegate's report to the trustees as an answer to the question:

 

Is there anything going on in your Area that you would like me to be aware of or that I can help you with?”

 

“We’re going to print something like 20 copies of HFC 2 and bring ten to World convention. It’s not going to be perfect and we want to write some kind of preface saying, this is a non-approved translation of HFC 2 and is not perfect. Bla, bla…”

 

We think the translation will be finished before the end of the year and we do this to get a discussion about it. Things like: are we allowed to translate and print it, if we print it should we make it look like the English version, typing etc…”

 

Believe it or not, I actually forgot to attach the Word document to the trustee, so he never recieved the info. Two weeks before the convention, the 24 books that we had ordered arrived. Mattias and I were like kids on Christmas Eve as we opened the box. They looked so incredibly good, we had fought for them so long and now we had them. We put some books among some flowers, took a photo and posted it on the World Convention's Facebook page. It took a few minutes before the trustee contacted us, and he does not even have a Facebook account. What we had done was not popular. The USA was asleep when it happened, but woke up soon enough, and it was not popular at all. But we had an intense discussion about it, I don't think that I have ever discussed things so intensely.

 

When I arrived home from the convention I was exhausted, I could not think about the book anymore, I had done what I could. So I dropped it.

 

In January the trustee phoned me and said, “We have to finish the book in time for your 10 year convention, a convention that was going to be held on 1st March, about two months later. Do you think you can handle it if we do everything we can to help from our side?” “Of course”, I replied, thinking that no way would anybody be be able to say that we in Sweden were not able to get the book finished. An amazing session of work began, and the book, incredibly, was finished in time for our 10 year convention.

 

I really want to thank WSO, John, and Russell in particular, for all their help. We have our book now, and even if we do not always read it, it still means a lot to us. Today, anyone can open a meeting, launch a web page, and print out a few pamphlets, but writing a book is not something that you do everyday. It means that it's the real thing, that you're here to stay.



Richard E, Treasurer Chair, CAWS 2019

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Sept. 9, 2018

Coffee and recovery – CA member share

“Selfishness – self-centeredness! That, we think, is the root of our troubles.”

 

And I was certainly troubled when it came to service. Why couldn’t someone else make coffee? Why should I get off my couch twenty minutes earlier to make coffee for some snob who has been sober for ten years so he could sip it while laughing at his own jokes? The idea made me feel inferior.

 

Although I liked the people in what had recently come to be my home-group, making coffee for them is not how I imagined recovery. In fact, I had no idea how to make coffee. But according to my trusted sponsor this was a cornerstone in recovery, so reluctantly I agreed.

 

I bet the first few pots I made tasted like cat-shit. The taste didn’t seem to bother anyone, though. Instead, I did notice that contributing made me feel like a part of this friendly bunch. I also noted how my initial concerns were alleviated by the fact that as I slowly accepted service as something good, my self-image started to shift and the urge to be of service grew.

 

As this process continued and my frequent attendance at the closest meeting led me to master the groups shitty old coffee-pot quite well and I understood why this was an essential part of recovery. For the price of twenty minutes a few times a week, I had bought myself friends and I already felt a lot better about myself.

 

As I remain in recovery, service remains one of the best tools I have been given. Faith without works is dead. And service work, in all its forms, is to me the easiest way to practice what I was taught in these rooms and by our literature.

 

The act of doing something for others is to me the act of removing a part of myself that in turn can be replaced by God as I understand him.

 

Gustav E, CA member

 
Any opinions expressed in this text belong to the writer and do not necessairly represent CA as a whole.

 

Do YOU want to share your story with us?

Send it to submission@caws2019.org

More info in the blog posts “Share with us”
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Sept. 1, 2018

Share with us! Themes of September

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 September

• Step 3

• Tradition 3

• A spiritual experience

(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. 22, 2018

What CA meant to me when I relapsed – CA member share

The first time I came in contact with the twelve step program of recovery was in 2011. I was 22 years old. I’d been having thoughts of doing something about my drug problem for some time, but I had no idea how to do it until this solution was presented to me. Since then there’s been many ups and downs. During my bumpy road towards recovery the people in CA have become my closest friends.

 

Without the CA fellowship, I don’t know how my life would have turned out. Two months ago I had been sober for 11 months but relapsed during a vacation in South East Asia. I had no defense against the first drink because I had worked the program with half measures. Quicker than ever before, I burned my life to the ground in only a couple of weeks. I was stuck in a foreign country with no ticket home, no money and nowhere or nobody to turn to, when a person from the fellowship contacted me to ask me how my holiday was going.

 

I told this person the truth. She didn’t hesitate one second to buy me a ticket back to Sweden. When I landed, without any belongings (had lost them all), no money and no place to stay, she and her boyfriend invited me to stay with them.

 

I can’t see it any other way than that God showed himself through these people. They gave me so much love when I had none for myself. They carried me when I couldn’t walk. They sat down with me to read out of the Big Book and took me to meetings. I really felt the power and love that pervades the CA fellowship. I was beaten to the ground and spiritually bankrupt, but I was welcomed back with open arms by the people in the fellowship. They helped me lift the shame off my shoulders. They had all, at some point, been where I was.

 

I started working the steps harder than ever before, because I know that’s where the solution is. Now, two months later I feel wonderful. The result of doing things right has come fast for me. Today, my life is the way I dreamed of. Without the CA fellowship none of that would have been possible. I’m so thankful for C.A. and for my sobriety, one day at a time though the grace of God.

 

I hope to see you all in Stockholm at CAWS 2019!

 

CA member

 
Any opinions expressed in this text belong to the writer and do not necessairly represent CA as a whole.

 

Do YOU want to share your story with us?

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More info in the blog posts “Share with us”
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Aug. 6, 2018

Get your opportunity ticket 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 opportuinty ticket number will be presented in Mars 2019.

 

Get your ticket now >

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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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Aug. 2, 2018

Share with us! Themes of August

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 2

• Tradition 2

• Service

(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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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 8, 2018

Share with us! Themes of July

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 July

• 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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July 7, 2018

Stockholm Syndrome launch video!

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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 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 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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