April 2023

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The Message of Hope

Step 4 “We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves”

Spiritual Principles Courage Honesty Willingness Humility

Going into the 4th step I was confused about who I was. My entire life I was called a big head SOB and in the same breath they said they loved me. This was in contradiction to what I found to be true after working this step.    Nate R

When I stopped giving my past the power to keep me trapped, I got the gift of freedom. Anonymous Addict

Keeping it simple and not making excuses or trying to rationalize justify or get stuck in self pity; allowed me to see the patterns I kept repeating in life. As a direct result of working step 4, I became willing to change my motives and do something different by practicing the spiritual principles of our program. Lisa T.

The purpose of a searching and fearless and moral inventory is to sort through the confusion and the contradiction of our lives so that we can find out who we really are.” March 16 JFT

Tradition 4 “Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or NA as a whole”

Spiritual Principles – Responsibility Unity Anonymity Open Mindedness Love

The pandemic left our home group bare and struggling. As members returned our personalities contributed to the re-formatting of our meeting, resulting from our groups conscious. Found in “Guiding Principles The Spirit of our Traditions” are some guidelines our home group refers to. “It Works How and Why” and our “Basic Text” are also helpful resources for more info on this tradition. Penny H.

The commitment I made to my home group is because I feel a part of. It allows me to get free and not feel judged. I’m no different from any other addict and that’s the anonymity piece for me. Anonymous Addict.

“Through working the steps, we learned that with freedom comes responsibility. In recovery we become responsible for ourselves. As we accept that responsibility we see how the fourth tradition encourages us to act responsibly as groups and as a fellowship.” Pg. 151 IWH&W

Concept 4 “Effective leadership is highly valued in Narcotics Anonymous. Leadership qualities should be carefully considered when selecting trusted servants”.

I did not get any submissions on concept four. But we want to thank those members both visible and behind the scenes who continue to be of service in our area. There are still service positions that need to be filled on a group, area and convention level.

ISNAC XXIX was a success. Against All Odds said it all We do recover! The halls, hospitality room, workshops, and hotel was filled with addicts from all over. The speakers truly carried the message of Narcotics Anonymous.

The most beautiful and amazing part of the convention was the Clean Time Countdown. There was such an overflowing of love and positive energy under one roof, that it really made my heart smile. It was astounding to see the person with 2 days clean being surrounded with hugs from so many addicts in the fellowship. My cup was so full that day. Brandee D.

CIACNA XIX Unity Is a Must “Through Recovery We Grow” Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2023
has moved and will now be held at Wyndham Indianapolis West 2544 Executive Dr. Indianapolis, IN 46241 For Reservations call (317) 248-2481 Convention room rate is $119


  1. What is the principle that guides us to see NA as a greater whole?
  2. What is the most important thing we do with autonomy?
  3. When is the time to tell the truth about ourselves?                                          
  4. What is necessary for our survival?
  5. What is one of the keys to our new way of life?

Answers from last months questions 1.Our freedom to recover 2.Willingness Desire 3.You ain’t it 4.Compassion 5. By reaffirming our decision on a regular basis

In memory of the addicts no longer suffering from the disease of addiction

1 thought on “April 2023

  1. Things that I misheard in Narcotics Anonymous, at one time or another.
    … lest problems of money, property, or prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
    (So you’re saying there’s prestige involved.)
    …our service centers may employ social workers.
    We sought through prayer and medication…
    Our disease at some point can be arrested (just like us) and recovery is then possible.
    NA as such ought never be organized (my home group follows this near perfectly.)
    …who must abstain from all drugs (including Tylenol) to recover.

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