Phone Script MAWPM

Marijuana Anonymous World Phone Meetings group
Conference dial-in number: 1.712.775.7035 (USA)
International numbers
Member access code: 679941#
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Updated: 20180416

Greeting


[ >>>>>>>>  CHAIRPERSONS PLEASE READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS  <<<<<<<<<:

  • Chairpersons please arrive 5 minutes before your meeting starts and be prepared to moderate the post meeting space for 15 minutes.
  • Chairpersons please become familiar with and use “Q&A mode”
  • Remember to unmute yourself when it is your turn to speak as the chair.
  • MAWPM meetings use Q&A mode from after the opening recitation of The Serenity Prayer to the closing with the prayer at the end. Q&A can also be used for the phone number exchange and the actual Q&A.
  • The keystrokes to manage the call:
    • Start Q&A mode with *01 (all participant lines will be muted
    • Advance to the Next person with *02
    • Quit Q&A with *03
  • Suggested Mtg Outline (can be used now, but currently pending approval
    • Start with Serenity Prayer
    • Put meeting into Q&A mode
    • Ask for volunteers to read one or two of the Twelves to get into the Q
    • Read the intro items ( Greeting, Preamble, … )
    • Ask volunteers to do the reading of the Twelves
    • Ask newcomers to join the Q if they would like to introduce themselves
    • Ask for topics by inviting participants into the Q
    • Ask for participants to join the Q for sharing
    • After sharing, in Q&A mode allow for claiming of seats
    • Hop out of Q&A for closing Serenity Prayer
    • Back in Q&A for phone number exchange, questions, timed shares
    • Now for open fellowship, disclaimer that there may be trolls.

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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”  or MAWPM (mahw-pum) group.
Please note that the website ma-phone.org hosts four independent MA groups.

We, the MAWPM group, meet in this teleconference SEVEN days a week at 7 am, Noon and 8 pm US Eastern Timezone. The full schedule, with phone numbers and access codes for all three phone groups is on the websites ma-phone.org and marijuana-anonymous.org.

MAWPM 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 reflection.

You may want to un-mute to participate in saying The Serenity Prayer or stay muted to reflect in your own way.

It starts with God, and that’s the Higher Power of your own understanding.

[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.

I am now putting our call in Q&A mode. To actively participate, press star 6-1. You can remove yourself from the queue by pressing star 6-1 again.

[Chairperson: Put meeting into Q&A mode for the entire meeting until the closing Serenity Prayer by pressing *01. Please be sure to mute when someone else is speaking and un-mute when you talk. Thank you! :)]


[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.

[Read out loud]: When the system tells you “It is now time to ask your question,” that means it’s time for you to speak. Make sure to unmute your phone before speaking.



 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] 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 basic text 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 . . .


I will now check the queue for volunteers to do one of the 12 readings. 

[Chair: Press *02 to check for volunteers.]

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. To introduce yourself by first name, please join the queue now by pressing *6, 1, or you may choose to listen if that feels more comfortable.

Welcome, everyone. We encourage you to explore the MA website at marijuana-anonymous.org. I will now check the queue to welcome newcomers.

[Chair: Press *02 to check for newcomers and welcome them individually.]

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. Whether you choose to share today or stay to listen, we are glad you’re here and hope you keep coming back.

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:

  • We don’t say “Hi” after each introduction or thank each person who shares during these phone meeting,s which are managed by using Q&A mode.
  • You can actively participate in the meeting by joining the queue with “*6,1” You can remove yourself if you need by using “*6, 1” again.
  • Note that you can use *2 to hear a current count of participants.
  • 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. I 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. Please acknowledge my signal.
  • 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: If “topic discussion,” per Group Conscience, April 2018, please come prepared with one topic and if you’d like, invite the group to offer up one topic for a total of two topics for discussion. Feel free to draw the topic from AA’s Daily Reflection]

  • Sunday @ noon EST : spirituality focus
  • Monday @ noon EST : topic discussion
  • Tuesday @ noon EST : Spiritual Principles
  • Wednesday @ noon EST : Newcomer’s Meeting We discuss the first three steps.
  • Thursday @ noon EST : topic discussion
  • Friday @ noon EST : The Reading Room
  • Saturday @ noon EST : Step Workshop 
  • Sunday @ 8:00 PM EST : topic discussion
  • Monday @ 8:00 PM EST : topic discussion
  • Tuesday @ 8:00 PM EST : topic discussion
  • Wednesday @ 8:00 PM EST : topic discussion
  • 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.

To participate in the meeting, press *6,1. Note that the system will say, “You can now ask your question,” which for us means it’s your turn to share. Please make sure you are not muted when you share.

[Chair: *01 enter Q&A ; *02 next caller ; *03 exit Q&A mode]

[Chair: After person shares, *02, “Next person please share…”
Repeat the meeting’s focus/topic if needed. 
]

[Chair: Throughout the meeting, continue to remind callers of the topics in discussion meetings. “As a reminder, this is the topic(s) today…” PLEASE do not say LATE as a courtesy.]


Closing (at about 50 minutes into the mtg)

That’s all the time we have for sharing during the meeting. In closing, please remember that anonymity is the spiritual foundation of our program ever reminding us to place principles before personalities. What you hear here, stays here.

Please stay on the line after we close to exchange phone numbers, answer questions, and the meeting after the meeting fellowship.

7th Tradition

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 search for “tradition seven” or go directly to 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

It’s now time to get in the queue by pressing star 6-1 if you have not yet shared. This means announcing 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. Please join the queue now to claim your seat.

[Chair: press *02 to check the queue for seat-claimers.]

[optional: ask by timezone]


MA-related announcements read by Chair

Please look on the ma-phone.org website for announcements. They are linked under the Home menu tab as “Announcements (MAWPM).” Review the many opportunities to participate in recovery at the group and world levels.

A brief overview of announcement titles includes information about the variety of resources and meetings, the Business Meeting, service opportunities, the 4:20 dial-in fellowship, support for family and friends, and other topics.

If you don’t have access to the Internet, just ask the chairperson to read the announcements during the question and answer time after a meeting. 


Are there any MA-related announcements from the fellowship? Please press *6, 1 to join the queue if you have an announcement. [Check the queue with *02.]


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).

[Leaving out the names of people will gain back time if the meeting is running late.]

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 responsible for our own recovery” (p. 3) and thus our own outreach calls.


Thank you for letting me be of service.

If so inclined, please join us briefly for prayer and reflection. I will now take us out of Q&A mode, and put us into mute all mode.

[Chair: Press *03 to end Q&A, then press *5 to mute all.]

Those who want to participate in the prayer will need to unmute your phone by pressing *6.

It starts with God, and that’s the Higher Power of your own understanding.

[Chair: Optionally , you can ask for a moment of silence before the prayer.]

[Chairperson’s choice for closing prayer, usually The Serenity Prayer, or another approved prayers such as the Unity Prayer which can be found here.]

[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]

[optionally you can mention…]

[If requested or needed] To obtain the Women in Recovery group’s phone number and access code please reach out to one of the women who shared their number.

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

Would anyone like to share their phone number in this public space? Remember that no one is required to share their phone number.
[Optional]: I will now put us in Q&A mode, so please join the queue to share your number.

[Press *01 to go back to Q&A if you want. Press *02 to check for numbers.]

Do any newcomers have any questions at this time?

[End Q&A mode by pressing *03.]

It is now time for fellowship.

 

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