Phone Script MAWPM

Marijuana Anonymous World Phone Meetings group
Conference dial-in number: 1.712.775.7035 (USA)
International numbers
Member access code: 679941#
FCCHD TouchTone Commands
FCCHD Privacy Policy
*5 to mute all lines (requires *6 for individuals to unmute)
*6 mute / *6 un-mute
*01 enter Q&A; *02 next in queue; *03 exit Q&A
Touch Tone Tips

Greeting

[Chair: consider muting all lines with *5 now, just once, so that people must use *6 to un-mute for the Serenity Prayer (if being used to start the meeting).]

Hello everyone. My name is: and I’m powerless over marijuana.
[note: or introduce yourself in a manner that speaks your truth.]

Welcome to the “Marijuana Anonymous World Phone Meetings” group.

We meet in this teleconference SEVEN days a week at 7 am, Noon and 8 pm. The full schedule, with phone numbers and access codes for all three phone groups is at the website ma-phone.org. All times are US Eastern Timezone.

We don’t say “Hi” after each introduction or thank each person who shares during these phone meetings to better manage background noise. Please note that throughout the meeting the I may mute and un-mute the lines to keep the meeting space quiet and respectful of the people who share.

During the meeting use *6 to mute or un-mute your phone.

You can also use *2 to hear a current count of participants.

  • [NOTE to chair: If you will be asking for volunteer to read the 12 Questions, Steps, Traditions, Promises and/or Principles suggest that they get those materials in front of them while you read the Preamble.

Note that these meetings are available in over 50 countries. Please look on the website ma-phone.org for the complete list of international numbers. The PIN code is the same for all.


Serenity Prayer

If so inclined, please join us briefly for prayer and/or reflection.

People may want to un-mute to participate in saying The Serenity Prayer or stay muted to silently recite the prayer of their choice.

[Chair: if asked, a page of prayers approved by MA can be found at the website MA-phone.org.]

[Chair: you have the option for format used for reciting the prayer: 

  • Call-and-response or all-together
  • “me” version or “we” version

]

God . . .
Grant me the serenity . . .
To accept the things I cannot change . . .
The courage to change the things I can, . . .
And the wisdom to know the difference.

[Chair: Optionally and additionally the chairperson may recite the Responsibility Statement below]

I am Responsible.
Whenever anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help,
. . . I want the hand of Marijuana Anonymous to be there.
And for that: I am responsible.

I will now mute all lines while I read the opening material . . .

[Chair: mute all lines. If started with *5, then press *5 a second time;
else if lines currently un-muted press *5 twice.
click here for Touch Tone Command tips ]


 MA Preamble

[Required] Marijuana Anonymous is a fellowship of people who share our experience, strength and hope with each other that we may solve our common problem and help others to recover from marijuana addiction.

[Required] The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using marijuana. There are no dues or fees for membership. We are self-supporting through our own contributions. MA is not affiliated with any religious or secular institution or organization and has no opinion on any outside controversies or causes. Our primary purpose is to stay free of marijuana and to help the marijuana addict who still suffers achieve the same freedom. We can do this by practicing our suggested Twelve Steps of recovery and by being guided as a group by our Twelve Traditions.

[Required] MARIJUANA ANONYMOUS uses the basic 12 Steps of Recovery founded by Alcoholics Anonymous, because it has been proven that the 12 Step Recovery program works!

[Required] When sharing please be respectful of others, and that includes not giving anyone advice or criticism.

[Required] However, we encourage you to speak to others and ask questions after the meeting. These guidelines are suggested so that everyone can feel comfortable and safe while sharing.


[Optional] Who is a marijuana addict?

[Optional] We who are marijuana addicts know the answer to this question. Marijuana controls our lives! We lose interest in all else; our dreams go up in smoke. Ours is a progressive illness often leading us to addictions to other drugs, including alcohol. Our lives, our thinking, and our desires center around marijuana – scoring it, dealing it, and finding ways to stay [stoned].

[Optional] As stated in our third tradition, the only requirement for membership in Marijuana Anonymous is a desire to stop using marijuana. This is to adhere to the “singleness of purpose” concept, but many of us have found that the only way that we can keep our sobriety is to abstain from all mind and mood altering chemicals, including alcohol. 


[Optional, perhaps instead of one of the readings below.]

The next few paragraphs are from the Forward to our book Life With Hope: A Return to Living through the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of MARIJUANA ANONYMOUS . . . (page ix)

How can we tell you how to recover? We cannot. All we can do is share with you our own experiences and recovery through the Twelve Steps of Marijuana Anonymous.

The Twelve Traditions are the guidelines for the fellowship of Marijuana Anonymous and the basic ideas, which unify our groups.

Keeping in mind that our program is a living growing thing . . .


[Chair: Optional readings. Read only one or the other or none. ]

The 12 Questions of Marijuana Anonymous.”
[Thank the person by name: ]

The 12 Steps of Marijuana Anonymous” also known as “How It Works” 
[Thank the person by name: ]

The 12 Traditions of Marijuana Anonymous.”
[Thank the person by name: ]

The 12 Promises of Marijuana Anonymous
[Thank the person by name: ]

The 12 Principles of Marijuana Anonymous
[Thank the person by name: ]

The Twelve Concepts for Service in Marijuana Anonymous
[Thank the person by name: ]

Welcome Newcomers

Before we begin, we want to welcome any newcomers to the meeting and acknowledge your being here. Newcomers include anyone new to the program, anyone coming back or anyone new to the phone lines – we’d like to welcome you. Are there any newcomers who would like to identify themselves by your first name only, there will be time for sharing later. Any newcomers on the line today? [ Pause briefly . . . ]

Please explore the MA website at marijuana-anonymous.org.

It’s good to have a pen and paper ready to write down phone numbers when shared at the end of the meeting to make outreach calls.

I will be staying on the line after the meeting to respond to questions and further welcome newcomers.

[Chair: If you, the chairperson, cannot stay after the meeting to be newcomer greeter then ask for volunteer with 90 days or more.


Meeting Norms

To maintain the serenity of the meeting, here are some guidelines:

  • This is an open meeting of Marijuana Anonymous. We ask that you stay focused on the topic of recovery from Marijuana addiction and share your own experience, strength and hope by using “I” statements.
  • When you share, please tell us your first name only. If you’re comfortable you may include your location or timezone. Feel free to share your day count if you’d like.
  • Please keep your sharing to 3 or 4 minutes. The chair will give a notice  when you have about one minute to complete your comments. No need to stop abruptly, just wind down your comments during the next minute.
  • After everyone has shared once, if time permits, second shares will be asked for.

Meeting Focus and Format
[not to be read unless you want to, here for reference]

[Note to chairperson: The 7am mtg draws topic from http://jftna.org/jft/]

  • Sunday @ 7 AM EST : topic discussion
  • Monday @ 7 AM EST : topic discussion
  • Tuesday @ 7 AM EST : topic discussion
  • Wednesday @ 7 AM EST : topic discussion
  • Thursday @7 AM EST : topic discussion
  • Friday @ 7 AM EST : topic discussion
  • Saturday @ 7 AM EST : topic discussion
  • Sunday @ noon EST : spirituality focus
  • Monday @ noon EST : topic discusion
  • Tuesday @ noon EST : Spiritual Principles
  • Wednesday @ noon EST : Newcomer’s Meeting
  • Thursday @ noon EST : Topic Discusion
  • Friday @ noon EST : The Reading Room
  • Saturday @ noon EST : Step Workshop 
  • Sunday @ 8:00 PM EST : topic discussion
  • Monday @ 8:00 PM EST : North Carolina Hybrid topic discussion
  • Tuesday @ 8:00 PM EST : topic discussion
  • Wednesday @ 8:00 PM EST : topic discussion (note there is a women-only mtg on another line)
  • Thursday @ 8:00 PM EST : topic discussion
  • Friday @ 8:00 PM EST : topic discussion
  • Saturday @ 8:00 PM EST : speaker meeting
  • Friday @ 10:00 PM EST : topic discussion, LGBTQ oriented mtg that is open and welcome to all

It is now time for sharing.

[Chair: if open lines then: ] Who would like to begin sharing?  Those who are not sharing, please mute your phones with *6. If you are not sure if your phone is muted, press *6 and the system will let you know.

When you are done sharing say “thanks” or “I pass” and we’ll go on to the next person.

[Chair: *01 enter Q&A ; *02 next caller ; *03 exit Q&A mode
link to Touch Tone Command Tips for more instructions.]

[Chair: After person shares, thank them by name.
if Q&A, *02, “Next person please share…”
Reiterate the meeting’s focus/topic if needed. 
]


7th Tradition (at about 52 minutes into the mtg)

That’s all the time we have for sharing during the meeting. Please stay on the line after we close to exchange phone numbers, answer questions, and the meeting after the meeting fellowship.

Our 7th Tradition states that MA has no dues or fees. We are self-supporting through our own contributions. For information on how to contribute please see the web page

ma-phone.org/tradition-seven

Please give what you can, but if you can give nothing for now

Keep Coming Back!


Claim Your Seat

At this time, would anyone who has not shared like to “claim their seat,” which means to simply announce your first name, and if you’d like your relative location. This helps us all know that we are not alone in this Recovery Process.

[optional: ask by timezone]


READ ONLY ONE ANNOUNCEMENTS SECTION


MA-related announcements read by Chair (Original & Current version)

  • Our Group Conscience meeting (a.k.a. Business Meeting), for all the MA World  Phone Meetings, is on the the 2nd Sunday of the month after the noon Meeting. To add new items, just fill out the form on the Group Conscience menu or send email To:agenda-mawpm@ma-phone.org. Visit the website to review the agenda.
  • Please know there are many other Marijuana Anonymous meetings available.  We meet in this teleconference 7 days a week at 7am, noon and 8pm.  Our next meeting is ____________________.
  • There are, by last count, 33 phone meetings each week including a women-only meeting, a guided-meditation meeting, an LGBTQ focused meeting,  a People of Color meeting and three late night meetings using well-known formats such as speaker meetings, step-studies, and topic discussions. Information on all of the phone meetings including phone number and access code, as well as information for in-person and online meetings, is available at marijuana-anonymous.org and ma-phone.org.
  • There is also the website mar-anon.com which offers hope for those affected by another person’s marijuana use. Mar-anon is a separate organization from Marijuana Anonymous.
  • Please check out all the “free” resources available on these websites.
  • Service keeps me sober.” When you have at least 45 days weed free please consider doing service by chairing a meeting. Speak with Chairperson Coordinator or a current chair to get started. The Chairperson Coordinator receives email at:
  • cc-mawpm@ma-phone.org. This address can be found on the website by selecting “Contact Us” below the “Home” menu.
  • Sometimes people gather on this phone line at 4:20 EST for fellowship. Stop by if you’d like. If you connect at 4:20 please stay on the line for at least 5 minutes to increase the chance of connecting with others.
  • The MA World Convention will be held in February, get details at MAWSconvention.org
  • MA  World Services is developing a pen pal program that will involve MA members, with a year or more sobriety, being paired with an inmate who needs to share experience, strength & hope. For more information please contact hospitalsandinstitutions@marijuana-anonymous.org.
  • MA World Services is also developing a book of Daily Meditations and they need more submissions. Learn how you can contribute by browsing to marijuana-anonymous.org and finding the instructions and submission form at the bottom of the Literature menu.
  • You are invited to attend the 2017 MA Town Hall on October 28th — see the Announcements page at our website, ma-phone.org, for details.
  • [Asking…] Are there any MA-related announcements from anyone on the call?


[If applicable, chair: *03 to exit Q&Q mode] I’m now taking us out of mute or queue mode to ask if there are any announcements from the floor


Closing

 I’d like to thank everyone for participating in our meeting, especially those who provided service (readers, qualifiers, speakers, timekeepers) and people who shared (optionally by name).

If anyone has any questions that went unanswered, or if you would to share more, please introduce yourself after the meeting.

Phone Number Service Information

We have found telephone contact with other MA members between meetings to be supportive to maintain sobriety. If anyone is available to be a sponsor, who has worked the steps and has experience strength and hope to share, feel free to identify yourself as you share your number.

We suggest that newcomers take down phone numbers from those who share and call the people you feel comfortable with.

For those who do share please be mindful that you are sharing in a public space. Please know that no one is required to give out their phone number.

If an early outreach call turns into a request for romance or finance, consider ending contact with that person.  Inappropriate incidents are infrequent, but they have happened.

As it states in our book, Life With Hope, “We are [each] responsible for our own recovery” (p. 3) and thus our own outreach calls.


Please remember that anonymity is the spiritual foundation of our program ever reminding us to place principles above personalities.

Thank you for letting me be of service.

[Chair: Optionally can ask for a moment of silence before the prayer.]
[Chairperson’s choice for closing prayer, such as the Unity Prayer can be found here.]

If so inclined, please join us briefly for prayer and/or reflection.

People may want to un-mute to participate in saying The Serenity Prayer or stay muted to silently recite the prayer of their choice.

[Chair: you have the option for format used for reciting the prayer: 

  • Call-and-response or all-together
  • “me” version or “we” version

]

God . . .
Grant me the serenity . . .
To accept the things I cannot change . . .
The courage to change the things I can, . . .
And the wisdom to know the difference.

THANK YOU, EVERYONE!

[optional: Keep Coming Back, It works! ]

I’ll stay on the line to facilitate phone number exchange and answer newcomer questions or concerns. After that we can have fellowship.

The meeting is concluded.
[Allow a minute for everyone to thank you for the meeting]
Would anyone like to share their phone number in this public space, remember that no one is required to share their phone number.

 

[optionally you can mention…]

[If requested or needed] Women, please contact Barb, who can be reached at 207.460.2984, to get the phone number and access code for the Women’s meeting.

For modifications to this script or putting items on the Group Conscience agenda,
please contact: agenda-mawpm@ma-phone.org

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