November 2011 Archives

Updating the Archives

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Thanks to the combined efforts of Frank H. in New York and the Intergroup in Los Angeles, we have tracked down all but one of the back issues of the SCAnner. This nearly complete archive can be reached through the "Print Archive" link on every page.

We're missing just one issue -- Fourth Quarter of 1992. If you happen to have a copy in your attic, please let us know.

Tickets available for NY holiday show

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Tickets are available online now for SCA NY's Holiday Show & Party

(Based on Bye Bye Birdie)

Sat. Dec 10th, 8pm at PS41
116 W. 11th Street (at 6th Ave)

House opens at 7:30pm
Tickets $25 (suggested) at door. 

This is an open event, guests are welcome.

Holiday party immediately following the show.

Buy tickets online

Stepping Through the Holidays in L.A.

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Stepping Through The Holidays

(Sober, Sane, Serene)


9:00 AM -­ 2:00 PM


Art Room One

7377 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

(park on NORTH lot, 3 hr limit on south lot)

Please bring: AA Big Book , AA 12 & 12, Large notebook , Pen/ Pencil

Donation: $10.00

HOLIDAYS can be emotionally charged for many addicts. We have expectations about what's the "spirit of Christmas" and whether we're part of it; how, when, where and with whom I'm to share this special time. Does the celebration bring a renewed faith in our HP, feelings of being safe, loved and belonging with "good will to all men." Or instead, are we overcome with isolation, self loathing (what's wrong with me that I can't do and feel what I see others enjoying), depression and hopelessness?

FAMILY visits can also be be emotionally charged. We may have unresolved issues with other family members that trigger old pain by seeing them again in old familiar locations. We may come from a dysfunctional family where we're the only one in recovery and they still practice the old behaviors: pitting self will, demands and manipulations against other family to get what they want. This causes other members to resist and retaliate in kind. A family engrossed in a constant collision of wills isn't a safe environment for an addict.

HOLIDAYS and FAMILY combined can threaten our newfound sobriety or recovery. This workshop will identify the people where you feel discomfort and show you how to apply the Steps using specific suggestions from the AA Big Book and 12 & 12. You will come out with a new PLAN OF ACTION based upon the AA 12 steps instead of your old tools for coping with Family and Holidays.

Sponsor by Mail

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Corrections Correspondence

a special kind of SCA Service

We are in need of SCA members on the "outside" who are willing to correspond with SCA members in correctional facilities. We are initiating a Sponsor-By-Mail service to prisoners who wish to have an outside sponsor in SCA.

If you have been continuously sober for at least six months and have experience in practicing the 12 Steps in your life, you could provide someone in prison with this important service.

Please read the Suggested Guidelines below. They are drawn from the shared experience of other 12th Step Fellowship members who have more experience in this type of Service.

Then, fill out the Sponsor-By-Mail Response Form and mail it to


Name __________________________________________ Date ________
                                First, Last Name

Address ______________________________________________________

Phone _______________________________ Email Address___________________

This information is only for use by SBM coordinator.



In addition to observing the rules in Correctional Facilities regarding mail and correspondence, the following are suggested guidelines drawn from shared experience to help you when writing to SCA members on the "inside".
  1. If you are in a relationship, we suggest speaking with your partner before undertaking this type of service work. We also suggest talking with your sponsor.
  2. You will use ISO's P. O. Box rather than your home address in all correspondence.
  3. Remember this is not a pen pal club. We share sobriety and sobriety only, helping the inmate to write his/her own Sexual Recovery Plan, and to practice the 12 Steps in his/her life.
  4. We recommend that members not send money, photographs or other personal items to inmates. If a member wishes to send a gift for a special occasion, we suggest it be recovery literature. Many facilities only allow literature sent from the publisher. Some do not allow inmates to receive stamps or pre-addressed, stamped envelopes.
  5. In the spirit of the 12th Tradition, we respect the anonymity of our correspondents
  6. We have found it best for all concerned if no emotional or romantic involvements develop.
  7. You must be willing to attend an occasional meeting called for by the Coordinator of the Sponsor-By-Mail Service.  

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