Our annual ABA Retreat and Conference events have been recorded since 2004. These valuable sources of experience, strength and hope are now available in mp3 format for purchase!
To buy the digital version of a speaker CD set please use the payment button below the set you wish to order. You will be emailed a unique download link to transfer the files to your device. The email will be sent by the Office Manager during regular office hours. Please ensure that your device is able to play mp3 files before purchasing them (see tech tips below.)
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#DF-14 The Program and the Fellowship: Recipe for Freedom
Three new speakers and one veteran from Canada and the United Kingdom share their stories on these two key factors in their journey to wholeness. The last file contains an hour-long workshop where two experienced members answer a variety of general questions from the audience.
Recorded in 2016
#DF-13 Our Circle of Healing: The Unique Nature of ABA
Two old-timers and two relative newcomers speak on what makes ABA unique and how it relates to their own personal journey. Parents of a long-time member share their extensive experience on providing meal support to local ABA members. The final talk is comprised of a workshop on the retreat's theme facilitated by three members with different lengths of sobriety.
Recorded in 2015
#DF-12 Learning to Love Ourselves
This set includes inspiring stories of self-love from four ABA members with long-term sobriety as well as a detailed workshop on Sponsorship. A husband of one of our members shares his experience on 'The Family Perspective' to round out the set.
Recorded in 2014
#DF-11 Recovery Becomes Reality: A Global Experience
Recorded during our 2nd International Conference held in Lake Dallas, Texas, USA. Three new ABA speakers from different stages of the recovery journey share their stories of healing. The fourth speaker shares her insights on the Twelve Traditions and their importance to the unity and strength of ABA.
Recorded in 2013
#DF-10 Together We Can
Four dynamic new ABA speakers from Canada and the U.S. offer their experience of recovery. In keeping with this Retreat's theme, they particularly focus on the importance of being supported by the ABA Fellowship as they have journeyed in sobriety. The last session records a workshop on "Sobriety in Exercise" facilitated by two long-time members and includes a lengthy Question & Answer period.
Recorded in 2012
#DF-09 Sharing the Solution
Once again, five ABA speakers never before recorded offer their experience, strength, and hope to anyone wishing to hear it. These members focus on how ABA’s solution to their eating disorder has become a solution to other problems that life has presented to them. The second section, a workshop on “Meal Support,” contains the fresh experience of two facilitators, ABA members who have themselves received and provided meal support. Two bonus talks on “The Family Perspective” record three family speakers who have lived with ABA members.
Recorded in 2011
#DF-08 Service Work: Our Most Powerful Tool
Have you ever wondered why service work is named by the ABA textbook as “the most powerful tool of recovery”? An answer to this question is explored in depth by one of ABA’s pioneering members, followed by the experience of four sober ABA members who have used this tool extensively. The second section contains a workshop on “Service Work” led by two ABA members with unique experience on the subject. Anyone hearing these seven inspiring speakers will emerge with a renewed commitment to service in ABA. Bonus files contain the “Perspective of ABA Friends”—two non-ABA directors who have served on ABA’s General Service Association.
Recorded in 2010
#DF-07 What It's Like Now: A Message of Hope
“Five new voices” of sober ABA members never before recorded are contained in these files. Each shares her own unique story of getting sober, being transformed by ABA’s 12 Steps, and living a new life today—one which would never have been possible without the support of the ABA community. Additional recordings comprise a workshop on “Meal Support” facilitated by two other sober members. Bonus file on “The Family Perspective” records the experience of two parents and one spouse of ABA members.
Recorded in 2009
#DF-06 The Family Perspective
A subset of files from #C-05, comprising the four family speakers only. Offers valuable experience, strength, and hope for families and friends of anorexics and bulimics.
Recorded in 2008
#DF-05 United in Sobriety - A World of Experience
Recorded during the exciting gathering in Edmonton, Canada, that celebrated ABA’s 15th anniversary. Nine international ABA speakers cover such topics as “The First 15 Years of ABA,” “Getting Sober” and “The Gifts of Sobriety.” Four family speakers discuss “Living With an Anorexic or Bulimic,” “Providing Meal Support,” and “Self-Care.”
Recorded in 2008 (includes speakers in DF-06)
#DF-04 Sobriety is Surrender: The Tools of Recovery
All sober ABA members know the importance of using the eight “Tools” outlined in the ABA textbook, for this is the means of cooperating with the Higher Power that keeps us sober. One ABA speaker presents a general introduction to this subject, followed by eight members sharing their experience of using one of the tools in the course of their recovery. A bonus talk on “The Family Perspective” contains the experience of three family members who have lived with ABA members.
Recorded in 2007
#DF-03 The Promises Come Alive
Many ABA meetings conclude with a reading of the “9th Step Promises” from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. These Promises sketch a vision of the relief and joy that await anyone willing to work through the first nine Steps of the 12- Step Program, and they offer hope to newcomers and to others still in the pain of early sobriety. Six ABA speakers offer their experience of the truth of these Promises. Highly recommended for anyone needing a reason to persevere with working the Steps! A bonus talk on “The Family Perspective” records three family members sharing their experience of living with an anorexic or bulimic, both before and after recovery.
Recorded in 2006
#DF-02 Stepping Into Life
Recovering ABA members know that physical sobriety is but the beginning of recovery from eating disorders. Following the 12 Steps is the pathway to freedom from the mental, emotional, and spiritual elements of the disease. Eight separate ABA speakers discuss “Step Zero” and each of the 12 Steps of ABA, exploring them with clarity and humor. A bonus talk contains the “Spirituality Workshop” facilitated by two ABA members on the final morning of the Retreat.
Recorded in 2005
#DF-01 Strength Through Our Traditions
The 12 Traditions of ABA are the single most important element in ABA’s unity and vitality. Following the Traditions is the best way that ABA members and groups can ensure the survival of our Fellowship and its outreach to others suffering from eating disorders. In six separate presentations, ABA members explore the Traditions and their importance. A “must-hear” for anyone committed to the continued growth and health of Anorexics and Bulimics Anonymous!
Recorded in 2004