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 21, 2020

1:30 pm Welcome and Opening Remarks
1:45 pm CME: Neuroendocrinology: Hormones, Highs and Treatment Horizons
Kristen Schmidt, MD
2:30 pm Long-Term Sobriety: What is “Rocketing Into the Fourth Dimension” Now?
Mike S and Susanne T.
3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm 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 pm 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 am CME: Having the ‘Medical Marijuana’ Conversation
Mark Weiner, MD, DFASAM
9:40 am How Important Is It? – Holding on to Serenity
Al-Anon session
Sharon W.
10:25 am Break
10:40 am CME: Recovery Mind Training:Brief Theory and an Experiential Exercise
Paul Earley, MD
12:00 pm Free time until dinner
6:00 pm Dinner – Recovery Story
Paul E.
8:00 pm Optional evening session on relationships
Penny Z. and Clara W.

Sunday, 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: Growing Up in Recovery: Parenting Ourselves and Our Kids
Lorraine L., Mike and Ginger M.
10:15 am Break
10:30 am CME: Midnfulness as a Bridge and Support to 12-Step Recovery
John Bruna
11:30 am Closing Session
12:00 pm 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!