2019 Annual Meeting: Rocketing into the Fourth Dimension

Pre-conference Retreat Sessions – February 21-22, 2019                               

Women’s Retreat — Self Care in the Age of Overwhelm

Men’s Retreat — Is My Higher Power Greater Than Myself?


Friday, February 22, 2019                                                                          

1:30 pm Welcome and Opening Remarks
1:45 CME: Neuroendocrinology: Hormones, Highs and Treatment Horizons
Kristen Schmidt, MD –
2:30 Long-Term Sobriety: What Is “Rocketing Into the Fourth Dimension” Now?Mike S. and Susanne T.
3:15 Break
3:30 Ambivalence in Recovery:  Do I Need This? Yes, No, Yes, No
Joint AA / Al-Anon Panel: Greg B., Nancy D-B.,  Zoe A., Cameron N., Raffi G.
5:00 pm Free time before dinner
6:00 pm Dinner  — No Effective Mental Defense – Mark W.
8:00 Evening AA and Al-Anon sessions


Saturday, February 23, 2019                                                          

6:30 am Continental breakfast (coffee, bagels, yogurt)
7:00 am Morning AA meeting
8:00 am Maintaining Recovery While Completing a Residency  — Paul P.
8:50 CME: Having the ‘Medical Marijuana’ Conversation
Mark Weiner, MD, DFASAM
9:40 How Important Is It?- Holding on to Serenity
Al-Anon session:  Sharon W.
10:25 Break
10:40 CME:  RecoveryMind Training: Brief Theory and an Experiential Exercise Paul Earley, MD
12:00 Free time until dinner
6:00 pm Dinner  / Dinner speaker – Paul E. – Recovery Story
8:00 pm Optional evening session on relationships – Penny Z. and Clara W.

Saturday, February 24, 2019                                                                    

7:00 am Continental breakfast (coffee, bagels, yogurt)
7:30 am Morning AA meeting
8:30 am CME: Addiction and Trauma: the Complexity of Working with
Young Adults
Claudia Black, PhD
9:30 am Joint AA and Al-Anon Panel: Lorraine L., Mike and Ginger M.
Growing Up in Recovery: Parenting Ourselves and Our Kids
10:15 Break
10:30 CME: Mindfulness as a Bridge and Support to 12-Step Recovery
John Bruna
11:30 Closing session
12:00 Adjournment


Planners for the 5th Annual Meeting                         

Ray Glendrange, MD
Jenny Melamed, MD
Mel Pohl, MD
Bobbi Specht
Tracy Zemansky, PhD


This live activity has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 5.00 Elective credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Thank you for the financial support                               

Western Doctors in Recovery gratefully acknowledges the financial support of

  • Affinity
  • Bradford
  • California Society of Addiction Medicine
  • Pacific Assistance Group
  • The Meadows

Mark your calendar for February 20-23, 2020 – back at Paradise Point
in San Diego!