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Welcome to Cocaine Anonymous 35th World Convention, 4–8th July 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden

 

As the first non-English speaking host country we are happy to welcome you to Sweden – the land of the vikings, IKEA, ABBA and of course the famous condition “Stockholm Syndrome”. A concept we thought had so many interesting interpretations that we chose to name the convention just that. We hope you like it as much as we do!

 

The fellowship of CA Sweden has grown fast since the start in 2003. Even though we are a small country with a population of only 10 million people, we can now count 63 meetings a week spread over 19 cities. In Stockholm alone, there’s an average of 4–5 meetings a day. We are proud to present “Stockholm Syndrome 2019” – an event with full focus on recovery from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. We have some truly magical days planned with amazing speakers from around the world, inspiring workshops, marathon meetings, world class entertainment and much more.

 

We especially welcome anyone who believes they might have a problem with drugs or alcohol. We also welcome everybody else who is interested in participating in this great event: Co-Anon members, drug and alcohol addiction related treatment centers, hospitals and institutions, members of the press or anyone with a curiosity of a solution for drug and alcohol addiction.

 

 

Registration packages

The BASIC package is US$65 and includes registration, workshops, speaker meetings and marathon meetings.

 

The EXTRA package is US$100 and includes everything included in the BASIC package + entertainment.

 

The ULTIMATE package is US$185 and includes everything included in the EXTRA package + banquet dinner, brunch and Swedish “fika” social.

 

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CAWS 2019 will be held at Hotel Scandic Infra City

Check out Hotel Scandic Infra City >

 

 

BOOKING CODE FOR CAWS 2019 PARTICIPANTS:  BCAS290619 

You have to enter the booking code to see available rooms and rates. After clicking the link to the hotel booking enter the booking code (see image below), and the dates (code valid for 07/01/19–07/11/19) before clicking “See rooms and prices”. Make sure you have the correct dates and year selected.

 

 

News blog

March 6, 2019

CA Boden – A vision for you – the most northern CA group in the world

In the very north of Sweden where the winter gets really cold, the sun hardly ever rise in December but the snow glows and the northern light, aurora borealis lights up any heart that catch the sight of it.

 

Where the summer is so light and bright, the midnight sun shines over miles and miles of untouched nature. In this lovely quiet place on earth there are a lot of alcoholics and addicts because the disease of addiction is very democratic. When you’re in the problem of addiction you cannot see these amazing phenomena of life like northern light, midnight sun or other parts of life like relationships that can flower, feel feelings in both happiness and sadness. Addiction isolates us from our own soul, from other people, from God and the beauty of life.

 

When I arrived to this place after moving 1200 kilometers I had just got sober again. I had had a relapse lasting 2½ years after 12 years of life in sobriety. So I knew I have to find a fellowship and likeminded people with the same problem as me who had found a solution.

 

After a meeting in another fellowship a now very dear friend of mine came up to me after the meeting and asked me “why did you stop praying?” At first I thought he was odd and could mind his own business. But this program has taught me to take inventory; he was an honest caring new friend. Not long after he came up to me again “Hey I have figured out you worked the steps through the big book, don’t you think we should start a solution focused meeting here in Boden?” Of course I did think so. This was the beginning of something amazing.

 

He had a sponsor who had worked the steps in CA and now I knew it was CA meeting that he wanted to start because he had got the solution from another CA member. We got some people together, planned a start date, found a place to be, contacted CA Sweden, we got a start pack with pamphlets and off we went in January 2016 we had our first meeting. None of us had been to CA meetings somewhere else so we just followed instructions.

 

Sometimes some curious people came and visit from other fellowships but most of the time the first year we were 2-3 in each meeting. We always stayed focused on the solution and how we could keep working in action with our primary purpose, carrying this message to the addict who still suffers. So how could we do that? I went to Stockholm to visit friends and went to CA there, in that way we in our small group started to be a small part of something bigger in this fellowship. We went to speakardays in other cities, we joined facebook communities for CA Sweden members, and we put up notes in grocery stores and spread meetinglists to hospitals and other places who worked with addicts.

 

Slowly the group grew; some people came back from treatment in other cities and had got themselves sponsors through CA online, they wanted to be at service. In that spirit we started another meeting and since then we’ve had two meetings a week.

 

We started having contact with treatment-centers to be able to come there and tell them about CA as a fellowship and how working the steps can give you your life back. During the fall 2017 we had a visit from CA Sweden H&I to start up a more structured way of doing the service at institutions we had already commenced. We got great support and inspiration from this visit and regularly afterwards which has lead to more H&I activity and hence to that more newcomers and people recovering in our small city in the north of Sweden.

 

I am so grateful. For this fellowship, for all you people out there in the world recovering. I am grateful to that there is a solution, a vision for you and that God keeps working in mysterious ways. Today our group has oldtimers and newcomers, a lot of people who wants to be at service, who work the steps and the traditions so that we can keep working in action with our primary purpose. There is a solution and we are a small part of something bigger – CA world fellowship.

 

/Truly grateful – Happy joyous free

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Activities

Get to know Sweden and explore Stockholm during the convention through a fun activity with the CA fellowship. Let’s try being a viking, get onstage with ABBA and pet a moose together!

 

 

Learn more about the vikings in The Viking City of Birka.

 

Friday 5th July 2019, 9 am–6 pm

Boat trip to The Viking City of Birka

Birka, regarded as Sweden’s first city. The Viking City of Birka is situated on the island of Björkö in Lake Mälaren, Birka was one of the most important trading centers for Vikings. On the island you can go strolling in the cultural landscape, have a guided tour of the archaeological fields and visit the Birka Museum. You can also visit the reconstructed Viking village.

 
Price: US$140
Included: Transfer, boat cruise, guided tour and lunch.
Book: Register for the convention >

 

 

Feel what it’s like to be onstage with Swedish legendary pop group ABBA.

 

Saturday 6th July 2019, 9 am–15 pm

Boat sightseeing & ABBA The Museum

Explore Stockholm and its sights from the water with guided boat tour. The boat also stops at Djurgården, just a short walk from ABBA The Museum. ABBA The Museum is no ordinary museum. It’s not just about the original costumes, gold records and so many other wonderful items of memorabilia – it’s about you! Feel what it’s like to be onstage with ABBA, to sing at the famous Polar Studio or to dress up in those legendary costumes (virtual).

 

Price: US$85
Included:  Transfer, boat cruise, museum entrance.
Book: Register for the convention >

 

 

Skansen is home to wild Nordic animals such as moose, wolves, lynxes, wolverines, seals and otters.

 

Sunday 7th July 2019, 9 am–4 pm

Skansen Zoo & Aquarium

Skansen is the world’s oldest open-air museum, showcasing the whole of Sweden with houses and farmsteads from every part of the country. The Skansen Aquarium, with the World of Monkeys, has about 200 exotic species. Skansen has several species that are part of national and international conservation projects, including European green toads, sand lizards, broad-fingered crayfish, European bison, otters and wolverines.

 

Price: US$75
Included:  Transfer and museum entrance.
Book: Register for the convention >

Travel info

 

Stockholm by night.

 

The city

Quick facts about Stockholm

Area city: 188 km(73 sq mi)

Area urban: 38 163 km2 (147.35 sq mi)

Population city: 952 058

Population urban: 1 538 517

Time zone: GMT +1 (winter), GMT +2 (summer)

Currency: Swedish Crowns (1 SEK = 0,10 USD – 0,09 EUR – 0,08 GBP)

Language: Swedish

Area code: +46 8

In case of emergency: 112

 

 

 

 

The convention

Quick facts about CAWS 2019

Name: Stockholm Syndrome

Date: 4–8th July 2019

Location: Scandic Infra City, Stockholm, Sweden

Convention area: Scandic Infra City has their own exhibition hall, banquet hall and congress hall, which can accommodate up to 1 800 people. View 360° images or map of conference area

Estimated no of attendants: 1 500 people

Organizer: Cocaine Anonymous World Service

Purpose: To promote enthusiasm and unity within the fellowship of Cocaine Anonymous and financially support World Services effort to carry the message to the addict that still suffers

On the program: Speakers, workshops, marathon meetings, activities, entertainment, banquet dinner, party, brunch, merchandise/memorabilia shop, auction, “Swedish fika” social and more

Who can participate? Anyone with a curiosity of a solution for drug and alcohol addiction

Facebook Group: CAWS 2019

The Facebook Group is secret due to anonymity. If you want to be added to the group, please contact us at info@caws2019.org

 

 

 

 

How to get here

If you travel with public transportation

From Stockholm Central Station: take the commuter train towards Märsta (or Uppsala or Upplands Väsby) to Upplands Väsby station. From Upplands Väsby take bus number 536 (towards Bollstanäs) or bus number 560 (towards Kallhälls station). Get off the bus at Infra City. The bus stops outside the hotel. The travel time is 35–45 min. For the latest update on public transportation information, please visit sl.se/en

 

 

If you arrive by car

Scandic Infra City is located 24 km (14 miles) north of Stockholm and 18 km (11 miles) south of Arlanda on European route E4, exit 175. Show map in Google Maps app >

 

 

If you arrive by flight

We recommend that you travel to Arlanda airport (ARN). Arlanda is located 18 km (11 miles) from the convention.

 

The easiest way to get from the airport to the convention is by taxi. The price is approx. $50 and the travel time is 15–20 min (traffic between Arlanda and Infra City is usually no problem). Taxis are available directly outside all terminals. More information: swedavia.com/arlanda/taxi

 

You can also travel with public transportation. The price is approx. $17 (one way) and the travel time is 30–40 min. Take the commuter train from Arlanda (located in SkyCity between terminal 4 and 5) towards Södertälje to Upplands Väsby station. From Upplands Väsby take bus number 536 (towards Bollstanäs) or bus number 560 (towards Kallhälls station). Get off the bus at Infra City. The bus stops outside the hotel. For the latest update on public transportation information, please visit sl.se/en

 

We don’t recommend the buses “Flygbussarna” or the train “Arlanda Express” from Arlanda Airport, since these options of transportation won’t take you nearby the convention area smoothly.

 

 

 

 

Hotel Scandic Infra City.

 

Where to stay

Hotel Scandic Infra City

This is the hotel where the convention is being held. Within 15 minutes’ drive of Arlanda Airport, this eco-friendly hotel offers Scandinavia’s largest tropical indoor garden. Guests can enjoy free WiFi and free gym, pool and sauna access. Scandic infra City’s guest rooms have wooden floors, a work desk and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. 

 

NOTE! To make sure you stay where all the fun is, secure your room booking at Hotel Scandic Infra City today!

 

 

 

BOOKING CODE FOR CAWS 2019 PARTICIPANTS:  BCAS290619 

You have to enter the booking code to see available rooms and rates. After clicking the link to the hotel booking, enter the booking code (see image below), and the dates (code valid for 07/01/19–07/11/19) before clicking “See rooms and prices”. Make sure you have the correct dates and year selected.

 

 

 

‘Overflow hotel’ 1

Hotel Scandic Upplands Väsby

Scandic Upplands Väsby is the closest hotel to the Scandic Infra City where the convention is being held. 5 min by car/bus. Scandic Upplands Väsby is also closer to the airport than the other two hotels. 125 rooms. No pool. Located 3,6 km (2,2 miles) from the convention.

 

NOTE! This hotel will be available when Hotel Scandic Infra City is fully booked. This hotel is not located within walking distance from the convention.

Check out Scandic Upplands Väsby >

 

 

‘Overflow hotel’ 2

Hotel Scandic Star Sollentuna

Scandic Star Sollentuna is 13 min away by car from Scandic Infra City where the convention is being held. Scandic Star Sollentuna is the furthest away from the main convention hotel Infra City but on the other hand closer to Stockholm (15 min by train). 175 rooms. Has a small pool. Scandic Star Sollentuna is located 11,8 km (7,3 miles) from the convention.

 

NOTE! This hotel will be available when Hotel Scandic Infra City is fully booked. This hotel is not located within walking distance from the convention.

Check out Scandic Star Sollentuna >