2023 Annual Meeting Program

Western Doctors in Recovery 9th Annual Meeting February 23-26, 2023 / Hyatt Regency Newport Beach 

Pre-conference Retreat Sessions   (registration at each is limited to 20 persons)
Thursday, February 23 — 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm with an optional session after dinner
Friday, February 24 – 8:30 am to 12:00 noon

A Men’s Retreat:
Using the 12 Steps in the Real World — Mark Broadhead, MD
A workshop on sharing ways one can apply the 12 steps in day-to-day situations for those with stable recovery as well as for those who are new to sobriety.

A Women’s Retreat:
Restoration and Recovery Through Micro-Steps and ‘The Small’
— Judy McLaughlin-Ryan, LMFT  

An opportunity to apply simple systems and daily life practices through experiencing ‘small moments’ that contribute to daily serenity and a sense of restoration. 

Attendees will be invited to engage in talks, discussions, groups, micro writings (completing and creating a one-day micro-book), micro artistic mediums (including a watercolor painting of the small), and micro restorative experiences. Excerpts from literature, research, and the 12 Steps will be discussed. With the interactive sharing of experiences, the retreat offers systems of practicing the power of the ‘small’ and an opportunity to deepen moments of connectedness with self and others.

Friday afternoon, February 24, 2023
1:30 pmWelcome — Steve G.
1:40CME #1 Neurobiology of Alcohol Use Disorder George Koob, PhD
2:50AA Al-Anon #1 Aaron R.
3:50CME #2 Tale of Two Canadian Provinces Paul Sobey, MD and Marshall Smith
4:50Adjourn …for free time before dinner
6:00 pmFriday Dinner / Dinner speaker My Experience, Strength, and Hope Val N.
After dinnerAA and Al-Anon evening meetings
Saturday, February 25, 2023
6:30 amContinental breakfast 
7:00 amMorning AA and Al-Anon meetings
8:15Morning announcements
8:20 amCME #3 Psychophysiological Pain and Recovery Leslie Aria, PhD
9:20AA Al-Anon #2 Relapse After Recovery Panel: Mary V., Derek H., Zeph W.
10:25CME #4  Challenges of Couples in Recovery Leslie Quinn, LMFT
11:25AA Al-Anon #3 Shay V.
12:15Adjourn … for a free Saturday afternoon
6:30 pmSaturday Dinner / Dinner speaker James G.
8:00AA and Al-Anon evening meetings 
Sunday, February 26, 2023
7:00 amContinental breakfast 
7:30 amMorning AA and Al-Anon meetings
8:40Morning announcements
8:45 amCME #5   Comparative Approaches to Monitoring: British Columbia, Washington State, and California Panel: Laura Moss, MD; Jenny Melamed, MD; Tracy Zemansky, PhD
9:45 amAA Al-Anon #4 Marital Sobriety – It is Cheaper to Stay Married Than to Get Divorced Ed and Michelle H.
10:30Adjourn …until the Tenth Annual Meeting in 2024 in LaJolla