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IDAA 2018


1. Will childcare be available?

IDAA will not offer childcare; however, you can call a licensed and bonded, background checked NANNY SERVICE at 775-420-5475 or 775-240-9071. Babysitters can be arranged at this number. This company will manage our children's banquets on Thursday and

Saturday nights. They have arranged the Justin Impossible magic show for Thursday night and The Discovery Museum will be entertaining the children Saturday night. These expenses have been included in your children banquet registration fee. Be assured that you can make both evenings meetings knowing your children are in good hands.

2. I have an infant and toddler. Are there any child friendly places to go in the hotel?

This year we will have a baby/toddler room where you can take your baby and toddlers in a childproof room where you could meet other young parents and enjoy a playroom in the hotel. Contact Mike or Ginger Metcalf at for more information on this room. Parents and nannies are asked to stay in the room with your child, but you may time sharing with other parents. The room has been created to accommodate young ones using large and safe toys.

3. I don't think I can afford this conference. Do you give scholarships?

Absolutely! IDAA has a commitment to provide assistance to members and families in need. About 10% attending will be there because of generosity of others. Check out the "Scholarship" button at You will find the scholarship registration process and application. You will be notified if you have been accepted for scholarship.

4. I am vegetarian and don't eat meat and or have other diet restrictions. How can I let the chefs know at IDAA?

When you register, please include this information on your registration form. At registration you will get a card to give to your server before the meal. Every effort will be made to accommodate dietary issues.

5. What are the awesome Friday night (8/3/18) activities I keep hearing about, and how do I register? Where do I pay?

The Dinner Sunset cruise will be spectacular. The boat leaves at 6:30 from the dock on north Lake Tahoe. Please check the link for more cruise details. Please contact Mike or Ginger Metcalf at for more information and payment. There is limited seating and 1/2 the boat is already booked.

The other amazing Friday night activities is the THEATRE ON THE LAKE. Please visit this site for tickets.

IDAA plans to arrange busing for $20 round trip to the cruise as the road to Lake Tahoe in the dark is a huge "adventure" The ride will take a little under an hour.

6. I have never gone to IDAA before, how does it work?

You can register online (look for the registration button) at Upon arrival at the Peppermill you can head over to the registration desk (open 9 AM Wednesday), and pick up your packet. Look for our amazing Welcoming Committee to guide you. And be sure to come to the Wednesday evening music event!

International Doctors in AA is a unique and very supportive Alcoholics Anonymous Conference for recovering doctorate level health care providers, nurse practitioners, CRNA's, PA's and Alanon family members, plus children of all ages. The conference offers many different recovery meetings, as well as meetings for Al-Anon, Twenties', Teens, and the Jerry Moe Program (age 7-12). Throughout the conference there are some 15 different type breakout sessions.

The conference also offers CME and CDE meetings and credits starting on Aug 1st. The beauty of IDAA is that all members of the family are simultaneously attending meetings to help his or her recovery process. There is a multitude of support through sponsors, mentors, and friendships that last a lifetime. Many members have said that they get the support that is missing in their own hometowns due to the stigma of addiction. For many IDAA is where the shame and guilt of being an addicted professional is lifted. At IDAA people feel free and safe to share what is "really going on" without fearing that everyone in their town will find out. For these and many other reasons, members and families come back year after year.

Typically, the schedule involves early bird meetings first thing in the morning at 7 am, a continental breakfast, meetings throughout the day: AA, Alanon, CME, CDE, Ala20's, Alateens, Jerry Moe, and break- out meetings throughout the resort. The meetings are in close proximity except for the teen program.

During the five days, there are two evening banquets, one luncheon, a welcome reception, two banquets for kids, and loads of fun! You can attend meetings, enjoy the hotel and surrounding area of Reno. For those who choose to stay in Reno for our Friday afternoon and evening free time, many options are available including an open "alkathon" Friday evening.

Choices of New York will again provide our bookstore and goodies sales.

Coffee, tea, water will be available throughout the conference, and please check out the Peppermill website for the locations of all the fabulous restaurants, pools, spa, etc.

If you don't want to go to any meetings one day but do the next, it's completely up to you. The meetings are available, and you decide which ones you want to go to.

8. How do I book my rooms?

On the IDAA 2018 website there is a button that says "Accommodations," and you can reserve your rooms there or go to the link provided in the previous question (6.) to book your rooms.

9. Will there be golf this year?

We are excited to announce the 2018 IDAA Reno Golf Outing! We are playing at Lakeridge Golf Course minutes from Peppermill Resort, site of IDAA 2018 Annual Meeting. Here is the information on registration:

IDAA Golf Outing: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 Registration and Breakfast 7:00 AM Shotgun Start 8:00 AM LunchScoring and Prizes 12:30-2:30

Registration: $150: includes cart, range balls, breakfast, lunch Rentals: $25 Wilson, $50 Titleist Specify: Men or Women, R or L

Please send names, phone number, e-mail address to: Mike Metcalf at Payment will be set up with our golf team.

10. I would like to volunteer for 2018 IDAA Reno. Who do I contact?

You can email Mike and Ginger Metcalf at and in the subject write "volunteer for IDAA 2018." Someone will get back with you. There will be a desk at registration for you to "volunteer"-- so check in.

11. Will there be an on-line schedule this year?

Yes, we will be using a web-based App for IOS and Android platforms, which will go live a few weeks before the conference. You will be able to access the schedule through the app which you can download on your phone or devices. We suggest if you want a paper schedule you download one from the app before arriving in Reno. Instruction on this new venture will be sent in Mid-July. Check for a preliminary meeting schedule at idaa2018 under schedule as well as the CME program contents and speakers.

12. Can I bring a guest?

IDAA invites you to bring guests to the meeting. It is suggested these folks be in recovery, but it is not necessary. We will have all guests complete a confidentiality agreement when they pick up their registration packet. To register have the individual go to the idaa2018 web site and choose guest, and under comments give the name of the person inviting them.

13. Mentor Program

IDAA has a mentor program for newcomers. Many long-term relationships have developed, and it makes it easier to feel a part of the meeting. If you are a newcomer, you will be hearing from Tom S with the name of the member you are paired with. Your mentor will be in touch with you prior to the meeting and arrange a rendezvous. There will also be an AlAnon coffee and pastries Welcome Reception for new Al-Anon attendees to introduce the program to newcomers as well as old faces to IDAA.

14. Silent Auction

Again, this year we will be having silent auctions with proceeds going to our scholarship program. The first will be on Wednesday evening and feature items usable while in Reno. The second will close Saturday pm and have some really cool stuff. Please stop by the table and bid bid bid.

15. Does Peppermill provide free shuttles?

The Peppermill features an easy and convenient airport shuttle which departs from the valet area outside the Hotel Lobby, and runs every half-hour beginning at 4 am. The last shuttle departs from the Peppermill going to the airport at 11:30 pm. In addition, the airport shuttle departs from the airport going to the Peppermill every half-hour beginning at 4:15 am and continuing to 11:45 pm. This shuttle picks-up at the North exit of the Baggage Claim area.

16. I didn't get to register for the FUN RUN. Can I still register for it?

By all means! You can register on 8/1/18 when you pick-up your registration packet at the Peppermill. You will be given a number and can purchase a FUN RUN t-shirt at that time.

17. Town Hall Meeting

As a non-profit organization IDAA is required to hold an annual membership meeting we choose to call the "Town Hall Meeting". All attendees are invited to attend and offer their voice to IDAA and its future.