Message of Hope Feb. 2024

Our common welfare should come first; personal recover depends on NA unity. Tradition 1

How do you contribute to NA Unity?

I remember, when I started coming to NA, I would sit and observe. I wasn’t a part of in the very beginning and didn’t consider myself a member. However, I would see the people come into the meetings and greet each other and share what was going on with their families or at work or just in their daily lives. Some came in together and some left together going out to eat or another meeting or just following each other outside to talk more at their cars.

I remember after a few meetings wanting that. I wanted to be a part of it. As my meeting attendance increased and I saw more people in the meetings I’d attend throughout the week, I found myself becoming more and more attracted to the fellowship. I felt more comfortable letting a member know that I got something from their share, or I could relate, or “girl, I did that too”.

I was slowly becoming a part of the fellowship, and though I never said out loud that I was a member, my actions began to show it. I got involved in service. I became my home group’s secretary. I later became a GSR. Service allowed me to experience Area Service monthly meetings and whole new group of recovering addicts. I jokingly said to myself, “So, this is where the white people are.” Addicts from the north, south, east, and west all gathered under one roof. It was powerful to see people with strong opinions on NA issues state their cases. They might disagree on an item up for discussion, but they all agreed on their love for fellowship and wanted it to continue to grow and thrive…to understand even if you weren’t understood.

So, I think I contribute to NA unity just like most anyone else in the fellowship. I show up. I attend meetings and hold service positions. I contribute to the 7th Tradition; so, we can continue to be fully self supporting. I sponsor. I make myself available to the newcomers and other members. I know that as our literature states “I can’t, but we can.” Our shared experience, strength, and hope allow us to grow not only as individuals but as a fellowship. Unity is a must.

Thank you all for your continued support.

Respectfully,
LaBarbara C.
Marathon Committee Chairperson


Open Area Service Positions

  • Vice Chair
  • Assistant Secretary
  • RCM Alternate
  • P&A Chair
  • Assistant IT Chair
  • Assistant Activity Chair
  • Activities Chair
  • Assistant Literature
  • Helpline
  • CSR
  • Assistant Treasurer

Martin Luther King Jr. Marathon Meeting

The day before the marathon meeting, I was listening to the weather reports and thinking to myself “I wonder if there’s anything in the Policy about not having a marathon due to inclement weather?”. Forecasted single digit temps with a feels like temperature in the negative teens, surely, there’s got to be a loophole. I sent a text to a member that helps on the committee asking if he thought anyone would even show up. Here’s where the therapeutic value of one addict helping another kicks in. He responded without hesitation that WE’d be there. Someone had the doors open for us; so, we’d have the doors open for the newcomers and whomever else needed a meeting. My perspective instantly changed.

So, even with below zero temperatures the marathon was well attended throughout the day. The theme was “Lost Dreams Awakened”, and we had an ice breaker question, “What did you want to be when you grew up?”. And just like the literature states, no one grew up wanting to be a drug addict. However, the hope shot was seeing how addiction lead us all to the rooms of Narcotics Anonymous and to a life better than we’ve ever imagined.

I encourage you all to support the marathon meetings. They are true marathon meetings where we all just share on the topic or where we are in our recovery, and there’s no sharing time limit.

The price of everything continues to rise; so, I’ll have fliers coming out with donation needs. We’re also looking for different venues to host our meetings. So, we welcome any donations or location suggestions. Thank you all for your continued support.

Respectfully,

LaBarbara C.
Marathon Committee Chairperson

Upcoming Marathon Meetings

Memorial Day 5/27
Thanks for your Service / What Can I Do

Independence Day 7/4
Today We Celebrate our Independence / Freedom from Active Addiction

Labor Day 9/2
It Works if you Work It / Service

Thanksgiving 11/28
Gratitude

Christmas 12/25
One Promise / Many Gifts

Our common welfare must come first; personal recovery
depends on NA unity. We come together to get clean and stay
clean because we can’t do this by ourselves. All are welcome
here, and we must become a part of that’s how it works! We
have to show up to meetings, get a sponsor, call addicts, get
involved in service. Someone was here when we go here, and
we should be here for those coming in the doors after us.
When I got here, I went to 3-4 meetings a day for 2yrs. I got to
know the people, and they got to know me. I got involved with
service early on and continue to today. I pick up addicts for
meetings and give my number out and talk with addicts on
daily basis.

Andrea W.

Interest in H&I?

Contact Josh W. 517-257-2902

For more information about the facilities H&I services check out the Hospitals & Institutions Facilities and Schedule

Upcoming Conventions

ISNAC:
March 22 – 24
isnacindiana.com

World Convention of NA:
Aug 29 – Sept 1
www.na.org/wcna

CIACNA XX:
October 18 – 20
Website

Group Service Forum

Monthly meetings held 3pm – 3:45pm before each Area Service Committee meeting. For all member who have a desire to be of service, learn, and grow with us.

Broadway United Methodist Church
609 E 29th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46205

Indiana Regional Service Committee

IRSC
Feb. 10, 2024
10am – 5pm
Zoom: Meeting ID 678 449 1323
Passcode: IRSC

Open Region Positions
Treasurer Elect
Literature
History Ad Hoc
PI

NA World Services (NAWS)

WANT TO BE CONTRIBUTE? NAWS IS FORMING 2 WORKGROUPS!!!!!!

Signup Here

NAWS CURENT PROJECTS & SURVEYS

H&I Basics Survey

The deadline for this survey is 31 March, 2024

This survey is posted at www.na.org/survey.

It is easier for us when members fill the survey out online, but if you would prefer to email it, please send it to handi@na.org

2023-2026 Issue Discussion Topics

www.na.org/idt

  1. Gender-Neutral and Inclusive Language in NA Literature
  2. Dealing with Disruptive and Predatory Behavior
  3. Re-imagining and Revitalizing Service Committees
  4. DRT/MAT as It Relates to NA

ASL Resources

www.na.org/?ID=asl

In support to those deaf and hard of hearing addicts seeking recovery in NA, we offer the following ASL (American Sign Language) resources. Please share this information with any addict who uses ASL. And please write to us at fsmail@na.org and let us know if you have any ideas or success with providing additional support to deaf and hard of hearing addicts seeking recovery.

Never Alone Deaf Group NADG

Meeting Schedule
Meeting ID 845 1161 7366 Password 866463
neveralonedeafgroupna@gmail.com

Mon-Friday AM
Just for Today Morning Meditation 9pst, 10mst, 11cst, 12est

Tuesday PM
Sisters in Recovery, Women’s Meeting 5pst, 6 mst, 7cst, 8 est

2nd and Last Wednesday of month PM
Service Position-Learning Days 2nd week
Tradition Learning days study 4th week 4pst, 5mst, 6cst, 7est

Thursday PM
NADG Book Study, 5pst, 6mst, 7cst, 8est

Friday PM
NADG Deaf Addict Winners, 3pst, 4 mst, 5 cst, 6 est

Saturday AM
NADG Topic Discussion, 9 pst, 10 mst, 11cst, 12est
*Speaker on Last Saturday of month

Sunday PM
Open Discussion 6pst, 7mst, 8cst, 9est
*Last Sunday of month PM Business Meeting 1pst, 2mst, 3cst, 4est

Message of Hope January 2024

Message of Hope welcomes submissions. All Submissions become property of Message of Hope and re-serves the right to edit all content in order to preserve the Narcotics Anonymous message. Please sign all submissions. Submissions submitted by email: an email address will be considered as a signature and the authorization to print a submission. Anyone may request to remain anonymous. Please send articles, events, celebrations, or any other material you would like to see in the Message of Hope newsletter to newsletter@centralindianana.org or Christina G. @ 317-667-7421 

WHY IS SERVICE SO IMPORTANT WE NEED YOU!! 

 I have come to believe that service is important because someone was here when I got here. It was told to me that “I must give back what was freely given to me. Because I can’t keep what I have unless I give it away.” I learned at an early age about service positions at the tender age of 9 yrs. old. 

It has definitely helped me throughout my yrs even during active addiction, who knew that years later, I would be in a program that states that service work is what I am to do. I have attained lots of knowledge and experience and not to mention great friends while being of service. It has helped me develop self-esteem, leadership capabilities, humility, tolerance, acceptance, and lots of spiritual principles. It truly is the best thing ever, and I am applying it in and outside of the rooms. I am one grateful to be of service addict. Humbly submitted Lil Andrea W. 

Service means that we are giving back and carrying the message of hope to others. Service is important to each individual, because a lot of the problems addicts have are due to being obsessed with ourselves. Being of service helps us to take that focus off ourselves and onto other people. To achieve lasting recovery it is necessary the we move outside ourselves and lose that self-centered focus. The basic text summarizes this best by saying, “We can only keep what we have by giving it away.” It is through being of service to others that we are able to let go of our damaging self-obsession and, in turn, be of help to others. Helping others has an important side benefit. If we are doing service work that is directly related to NA, such as leading a meeting, taking on a secretary position or something similar, then the program benefits directly as a result and it becomes stronger. Our recovery overall depends on people doing the service work of setting up and tearing down for meetings, being treasurer or GSR and so forth. Without these benefits of service work to keep our meetings going, NA could not continue to function. For these reasons, service work is vital to an individuals recovery and recovery to overall. Submitted by, Tom H. 

AREA OPEN POSITIONS

  • Asst. Secretary
  • Area Vice Chair
  • Activity Chair
  • Asst. Activity Chair
  • Asst. Literature Chair
  • Asst. IT Chair
  • Helpline
  • Asst. Treasurer
  • P & A
  • CSR
  • RCMA 

Regional Service Positions Available 

  • Treasure Elect
  • MDC
  • Literature
  • History
  • AD Hoc PI 

CIACNA 

Unity Is A Must Through Recovery We Grow Oct 18th — Oct 20th, 2024 

Volunteers needed:

Contact

  • Devon H. Chair
  • Carol B. Vice Chair or
  • Serenity Team: Heidi W. Chair
  • Laura B. (317) 435-2803 (Registration)
  • Mercedes H. (219) 484-5803 (Programming)
  • Daryl G. (714) 318-0246 (Convention Information)
  • Kim B. (317) 250-8692 (Entertainment)

THE PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE NEEDS YOUR EXPERIENCE AND WILLINGNESS!! Anyone interested in helping with speaking or chairing of workshops please let us know by filling out the questionnaire below.

  • ___Yes – I would like to chair a workshop. (One year clean time required)
  • ___Yes – I would like to speak at a workshop. (3 years clean time required)
  • ____Yes – I would like chair a marathon meeting. (90 days clean time required) 

SPONSORSHIP – The heart beat of our program 

Sponsorship to me is vital part of my recovery. It is someone that helps me in my recovery by creating a bond and trust that I can share my deepest darkest secrets when doing my step-work and be completely honest with. And to give me the guidance I need continue on my path. Someone I can call and ask, “what do I do” when I’m unsure of a decision to make. A sponsor has learned from their sponsor and so forth. So I have the love and support of someone who has been down this path and can guide me with knowledge and compassion. A sponsor loves us until we can learn to love ourselves. And one of the biggest thing or me is a sponsor WILL NOT COSIGN MY BULLSHIT!!!!! and tell me how it is and also give me suggestions it’s up to me to take those suggestions and when I don’t I have my sponsor still you had enough pain yet?” And continue to stand by my side. Submitted by: Devon B. 

I’m reminded when I talk to my sponsor that we aren’t going to become miraculously perfect and know exactly what to do at all times. That progress sometimes means just doing the best you know how at the moment and giving the results up to a higher power. I’m reminded, when I talk to my sponsees that this is a two way street. That when I’m offering experience strength and hope, that I often get more than I’ve offered in exchange. I remember when I first showed up and they told me that the group would be my sponsor until I found one. What I didn’t know at first, was that means, I have to get honest with the group. I need to talk about my thoughts. Pick up the hundred pound phone and reach out to number I got at a meeting. I have to do the hardest thing I’ve ever done and ask for help. I think sponsorship is admitting that we need each other. Remembering our “self-sufficiency was a lie”. Admit that we don’t know everything and seek wisdom from others. Submitted by: Josh W. 

Message of Hope December 2023

Step 12     “Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this
message to addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”

OMG! It was the most beautiful feeling eve I experienced at the convention. I felt like I was at home. I’ve been living in the triangle of self-obsession. I’ve had a lot of fear going on. All along it was me who was judgmental. I wanted to keep people away from me I was self-sabotaging. Fear that you’re not going to like me, that you are better than me. I always wondered why nobody approaches me. I can isolate but I can’t afford to do that anymore. You all had
seen it. What do they say, we are each other’s eyes and ears, if you spot it, you got it! The spiritual awakening was that people, women started coming up to me and it was the most amazing feeling ever! We all have the same last name …addict.                                    Beverly B.                  

The 12th Step says after having had a spiritual awakening we tried to carry this message to addicts who are still suffering. Our message is hope, love and compassion. It’s a better way of
life from all the substance and alcohol. We carry the message by doing our own recovery; work on ourselves and become a living example of what Narcotics Anonymous has done for us. Going to our meetings, sharing our experience, strength and hope. Being who we are and allowing our Higher Power to guide our actions is a powerful way to carry the message. Also, to let our Sponsor guide us through this recovery process.                                                       Pam S.

Before I worked step 12 I thought there was going to be like this opening in the sky, like something tremendous was going to happen. The spiritual awakening I got was that I am able to share my experience strength and hope from working the previous steps. I cannot go into the trap house, but I can answer a 12-step call or take someone to treatment. It’s just being able to give back, be there for someone or truly help that recovering addict. I finally realized that I can now do more than I’d done before. I have a new set of tools now.                          Devon B.

I went to my first NA meeting in treatment/detox. I truly believed that people could not be that happy and not be using drugs. I think the world would be a better place if that everyone (addict or not) worked a 12-step program. Living the NA way, practicing all of these principles in every aspect of my day has saved my life.                                                                                     Kristi J.

Tradition 12       Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.”

My first thought of anonymity was that no one needed to know my last name. I had no idea of what it truly meant. I felt like I had to prove myself, like I was in competition… I never felt good enough. The anonymity piece throws all that out the window in thinking that I was any better or worse than anybody else. In the fellowship, we talk about it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from. That makes me feel welcomed here. We are all addicts.               Steve M.

Concept 12      “In keeping with the spiritual nature of Narcotics Anonymous our structure should always be one of service, never of government.”

I kind of feel like the groups make up the structure of Narcotics Anonymous. The 12 concepts are telling us that we should always be of service not government. We focus on our primary purpose and the spiritual principle of it. Some other organizations want to tell you what to do and how to do it. Our motivation is to carry the message to the addict who still suffers, placing the principle before the personality. We always do something selfless instead of selfish.   John S.                        

You have to remember that we are still human, we have to respect that. We want to go off on our own personalities. But no one person is in charge. We practice a WE program. Today we live by a set of principles to find out about, know and work on ourselves, but more importantly to work with others, placing principles before personalities.                                                   Rita B.

For the addict no longer suffering from the disease of addiction.

Thank you all for allowing to serve. Lillie A.

The Message of Hope November 2023

Step 11 “We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.”

Prayer is talking to God and meditation is God speaking back to you. Prayer and meditation is just a part of our 12 Steps. It’s all about being still and quieting the mind. My homegroup is based off of the 11th Step and it confuses me that so many members say that they can’t get with slowing down their mind and meditating or get their mind to be still. Just like anything else WE practice. I was invited to a meeting in another area. I took a look at the meeting directory and was amazed at they have a meditation meeting everyday, I was like wow they are practicing the program. I attend an online meditation meeting on Saturday and Sunday. One of the speakers shared that meditation would dispel the anger… Lil Andrea W.

Seeking continuous conscious contact with the God of my understanding is a central part of my recovery program.  One thing that I have learned from my spiritual awakening is that I have long had a spiritual hole in my life. I filled that hole with drugs.  I looked at drugs as my spiritual experience and journey. For me, it has become imperative to take the conscious action of making contact with my higher power and keep as little space between my God and myself so the void is never filled with my addiction . I see the steps leading up to the 11th step as the process of cleaning up and clearing out as much clutter and interference within myself and my soul as I can to make as much room inside myself for my higher power.
The more I make contact with my higher power, the more my relationship with that power grows and matures. I See that growth with the improvements in my life. I feel that growth in my love for myself and the people around me. I experience that growth with the prayers I have asking only for his will and for the power to carry that out. Donald M.

 Tradition 11We need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films.” 

I came to believe that Gods’ will for me is giving back. Because of an event going on downtown the bus did a severe detour. Feeling like I was across town, I looked up and some other members of the fellowship were getting on the bus. I heard it said that where two or more gather… so we had a meeting right their on the bus. We weren’t going to make it to the meeting and the ladies were concerned about getting their papers signed. Because the bus driver was so excited to hear what we were doing, he tried offering some assistance, (maybe a time stamped transfer would suffice). It was beautiful! Felicia

Concept 11 “NA funds are to be used to further our primary purpose, and must be managed
responsibly.”

FRIENDSGIVING

Saturday, November 4th between 4-8 PM

1947 E Southport Rd Indianapolis, IN 46227

Turkey, Ham, and Drinks Provided Bring you favorite side or desert to share

Dinner 5-6 PM Speaker 6:30 PM $5.00 suggested donation

No Addict Turned Away.

CIACNA XX Unity Is A Must

Sub committee nomination, election and theme selection meetings

November 11th, 12th and 18th from 3:00 –5:00 pm @ 3001 N. Central Avenue

Per the convention guidelines, members must attend two out

of the first three meetings to become voting members of the CIACNA XX Convention Committee.

This is our Celebration of Recovery. Please support your Area Convention!!

Thanksgiving Marathon Meeting

WHEN Thursday November 23rd

WHERE Inner Vision aka Unleavened Bread 3001 N. Capitol

TIME 9:30 am to 8:45 pm

The Message of Hope October 2023

CIACNA XIX UNITY IS A MUST Through Recovery We Grow

Walking up to the doors of the hotel, you can’t help but notice so many people in blue T-shirts. The Serenity Team welcomes us with open arm, help and that NA hug.

Michael J. said that overall it was a nice turn out for opening Friday. As he counted over 150 in attendance, he found himself stuck as the opening speaker Todd C. shared his experience, strength and hope.

Tori D from the Lou, had stepped out briefly to get a cup of coffee to warm up. But she quickly returned and knew that she was right where she was suppose to be. She said “I could relate to so much of what I was hearing, and I found myself crying as Todd shared part of my story.

“I remember telling my husband that I wanted to change how I felt. That I was having a craving to be with this person. I was trying to suppress it, not feel it. I didn’t know what was going on, I was all jacked up. Our literature says HONESTY is the antidote to our diseased thinking. I’m finding out that I like girls. I don’t know what to do with this or what to tell this good man. But what I told him was I don’t know who I am. And till this day he is still my good friend.” Andrea W. aka AJ

Step 10 We continue to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it

The newcomer is the most important person at any meeting. Molly G. share with me what stood out for her after attending her first convention, in particularly the Women’s Rap. She said that the speaker gave credit to the program of Narcotics Anonymous and working the Steps. That she could not imagine not using after the death of not one but two children. Our message is that an addict any addict can stop using, lose the desire to use and find a new way to live.

The main speaker Charles B. shared that the first person he asked to sponsor him told him there was no such thing as a gay addict. Anyone may join us regardless of age, race, sexual identity, creed, religion or lack of religion. Pam G. recalled how he talked about recycling through the steps. Charles B. shared that his first time through the steps was about the drugs. Now it is about how the disease of addiction will manifest in all areas of our life. That he had found himself in the bushes with two and a half years clean, stalking. Don’t act like I’m the only one. The Journey Continues.

Through recovery we grow is what came to mind when the closing speaker Danny W. said “That today I understand that I don’t have to be friends with everybody.” This is a Spiritual Program. He focused in on on==two words found in our literature, discernment, and intuition. It was Patsy who was the first to ask what was in the bag. You had to be there, and you can be. get with Devin for earlybird registration prices for CIACNA XX

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

THE MESSAGE OF HOPE September 2023

Step 9 “We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others”

MAKING PEACE… We all suffer brokenness in our life, in our relationship with others and our relationship with God. Brokenness tends to weigh us down and can easily lead us back into our addiction. Recovery isn’t complete until all areas of brokenness are mended. We know making amends will be ongoing because RECOVERY is ongoing. Much of recovery involves repairing the relationships in our life. This requires that we make peace with others, ourselves and with the God of our understanding; all whom we have harmed directly or indirectly. Once we go through the process of making amends, we must keep our mind and heart open to anyone we may have overlooked. Our goal is to continue to repair the damage we have caused to others, ourselves and our spirit. In loving service Debbie S.

Tradition 9 ” NA as such ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.”

Hello family, just reaching out to thank everyone for there continued support with our marathon meetings. It has been a long journey with many twists along the way, but we persevere! It has been a blessing listening and absorbing the message of recovery from everyone. God has truly blessed this committee in many ways. As we move along to the close of the year we always need your blessings. There are 3 more marathon meetings, we have completed 8 all together. It has been my experience that service work, really works in the unity that it brings. Family please consider getting involved with service here in our area. NA saved our life! Humbly submitted Isaac S. Marathon Meeting Chairperson

I had a good time at the marathon meeting. In attendance was the newcomer, old-timer and members I had never met. It was a great opportunity to expand on my network. (get numbers) And just like our fellowship the topics were diverse as well. I especially got so much from members sharing about parenting. It gave me a sense of being helped and a sense of HOPE! There was lots of food, the breakfast and lunch was good. I will be making all the marathon meetings and suggest to other to attend. Tracey S

There was a really good turnout at the Campout, the largest I’ve seen. There were members from as far away as New Jersey. We sold all the auction pieces and raised quite a bit of money. Our speaker was Nate R. and we closed with a remembrance circle. We spoke aloud the names of all individuals we lost this year. We are working on a fall activity. Cody W. Activities Chair

CIACNA XIX Speaker Jam and Unveiling of the Banner September 23rd 1pm – 7pm at the Martin Luther King Community 40 West 40th Street

CHILI COOK OFF September 27th 6pm – 8pm Central Christian Church 701 N. Delaware (in the basement)

CIACNA XIX Convention Through Recovery We Grow Unity Is A Must

September 29th – October 1st at the Wyndham Indianapolis West 2544 Executive Dr. Indianapolis Indiana 46241

THE MESSAGE OF HOPE August 2023

Step 8    “We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.”

Even though Step 8 is one of the shortest steps, the principals of this step have powerful and profound connections to the spiritual process of willingness and forgiveness. I was unable to internalize the spiritual meaning of this step, due to my lack of understanding. My mind sort of did a mental twist. One is that I made a list of people who have harmed me, because I didn’t harm anyone. The world and its peoples had harmed me. The second point was that I thought that I had to do more work and come up with another list of people to make amends to. This had been my spiritual process for Step 8 for a very long time. The members of the fellowship told me to ‘Keep Coming Back’ and that ‘More Will be Revealed’.

If I must say, to get the truest spiritual meaning of a step, one needs to have the guidance of a Sponsor. A Sponsor who has a working knowledge of the steps and, who has had a spiritual awakening, as a result of working the 12 steps of Narcotics Anonymous. From my experience of going through the steps, I have been literally carried by my Sponsors, mentally, spiritually and emotionally throughout this recovery process. In transferring the spiritual energy and knowledge of the steps, the women of the fellowship have shown me unconditional love. They have asked for NOTHING in return, except that I give back what was so freely given to me!

In regards to Step 8 my understanding was that I was the one who had been harmed, so when I thought about making the list, it was based on self-centeredness. Due to my addictive behavior and character defects, unbeknownst to me, I had harmed lots of people including those closest to

 me and even those with whom I’d had romantic & sexual relations with. My understanding of “It Works How and Why” is that accepting responsibility for the actions of my defects of character is a way of gaining true freedom from those defects. It also references that I needed to do whatever I could to repair the harm that I’d done to others. Making the list of those people, places and institutions, was the beginning of the willingness to make amends to all I harmed.

In making the 8th step list, I thought that my Sponsor would be the one to suggest who would be placed on it. Turns out we would refer back to my 4th Step list and make the decision about who would be placed on my 8th step list. For me the twist was that they had NOT done harm to me, I had done harm to them! What a blow to my ego and, a SPIRITUAL REVELATION! The process of this step was for me to become willing to begin the spiritual practice of forgiveness.

The 8th Step was the beginning process for me to clear the wreckage from my past, and this all started from making the list. This step gave me a chance to see the exact nature of my wrongs, how my actions had affected others, and for me to stop denying the fact that I had caused harm from my selfish actions and behaviors of my short comings.

The 8th step process gave me the ability to choose recovery over addiction and the choice of spiritual principles rather than my character defects…and for this…I am grateful! Nikki B. Oct. 1, 1986 (clean time)

TRADITION 8.  “Narcotics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers”.

CONCEPT 8 “Our service structure depends on the integrity and effectiveness of our communications”.

CAMPOUT 

August 18-20 1745 Camp Rotary Rd Crawfordsville, IN 47933

$40.00-No Addict turned away. Includes camping for the whole weekend (bunkhouse available) dinner Friday & Saturday breakfast on Sunday Fellowship, Live Music, Meetings, & Activities           Contact Cody W. 317-868-6230 or activities@centralindianana.org

CHILI COOK OFF     

  Central Area NA Annual H and I      Chili Cook Off 

           Sept 27, 2023 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm   701 N. Delaware Indianapolis,  (in the basement)          Learn about facilities we serve

WORKSHOP 

Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired 

August 19th and 20th 12-2PM Sponsored by Surrender to Win and Thank God it’s Friday   Club InnerVision 3001 Central Ave.           (formerly Unleavened Bread Café)

CIACNA

CIACNA XIX

UNITY IS A MUST

“Through Recovery We Grow”

September 29 – October 1, 2023

Convention Committee Meetings 3001 North Central Avenue

Executive Committee 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM General Session 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

August 19 (Hotel Walkthrough) September 16 (Hotel Walkthrough) September 23

Let me say thank you to the fellowship of the Central Indiana Area of Narcotics Anonymous for your contributions and allowing me to be of service . Lillie A.                                                           

                                                                                  

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

The Message of Hope JULY 2023

Step 7 “We humbly ask Him to remove our shortcomings”

I work a simple program to stay clean and serve God just for today. So when it comes to step seven it is very organic. I get sick and tired of my negative traits, kind of like my hitting rock bottom with the dope . And I humbly ask God to remove these negative traits. If God can remove the desire to use drugs, then I trust God to remove my shortcomings. Believe me, I stop using, go to meetings regularly, work the steps with a sponsor, and live life on life’s’ terms; I’m going to have some glaring defects of character. At first, I try to remove them myself in the beginning, but that only increases my pain. The “exact nature of my wrongs” “character defects” and “shortcomings” are all the same. Just like power greater than myself higher power and God of my understanding. they are one and the same. Keep it simple. And once I get humble and ask God to remove my shortcomings, then I’m ready to make the list of people I have harmed and become willing to make amends to them all. Anonymous

All agree that in the 7th step, we become spectators in our own life! DJ

Tradition 7 “Every NA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.”

What’s good for the group is usually good for the individual addict. The same freedom the group has by being fully self supporting, the recovering addict can experience as well! What a great feeling it is to depend on self, and not be controlled by outside influences (people, places, and things).       Nikki N         

Seventh tradition concerns its self in every area of the service structure, at no point do we steal the seventh tradition; we don’t even use it and then replace it. If so, that’s stealing. Wow! That’s a me tooooo …LOL.                                                                                                            Darius J.

Our literature states that “each group is fully self supporting declining outside contributions”. I would like to address how this affects NA as a whole. The money that our groups donate to AREA it is to further carry the message of Narcotics Anonymous, by way of H&I, PA and our Activities committees, as well as our meetings. When Home groups sit on it and hold money, and not donate to our area, we cannot function adequately. We can’t enforce groups to donate, but we have groups that cannot make their rent. Let alone donate. When groups hold large sums of money he could trigger oh behaviors or create new ones. Unity is a MUST! WE CANNOT DO THIS BY OURSELVES. WE NEED EACH OTHER!! WE CARRY THE MESSAGE! Thank you                                 Lil Andrea W., Outreach Chair

7th Concept All members of a service body bear substantial responsibility for that body’s decisions and should be allowed to fully participate in its decision-making processes. Who should take part in our decision-making processes?

The participation of all members of a service body provides the broadest group conscience and the soundest foundation for service decisions.

Study and discussion questions

1. Right now, who participates in your ASC meetings?

2. Who participates in your group’s business meetings?

3. Do all the members of your ASC bear substantial responsibility for the NA services delivered in your area?

 4. Do all the members of a particular subcommittee bear substantial responsibility for that subcommittee’s work?

 5. Are there any differences in the way members participate in area committee meetings and in a subcommittee meeting?

WHAT WABASH VALLEY AREA CAMPOUT

WHEN July 7, 2023 – July 9, 2023    1:00 pm – 11:00 pm

WHERE Sugar Creek Campground & Canoe Rentals 841 W 83 N, Crawfordsville, IN, 47933

WHAT Summer Celebration

WHEN July 14, 2023 – July 16, 2023

WHERE Indiana Convention Center 100 S Capitol Ave, Indianapolis, IN, 46225

June 2023

The Message of Hope

Step 6

We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character 

Step six makes me feel like it’s my opportunity to take a break from beating up on myself. The previous steps were digging into who I am. They revealed my natural human attributes; some of which have been distorted. That I’m just human and not every thing about me is a defective character. It is those that I had to become entirely ready for God to remove. April B.

Tradition 6

An NA group, ought never endorse, finance, or lend the NA name to any related facility or outside enterprise lest problems of money, property, or prestige divert us from our primary purpose.

I had an experience at an NA function last year. An outside entity was accepting donations, that were not going to the 7th tradition. This diversion served as a great opportunity to share with a group of newcomers our traditions. To give money because we ate a plate of food would be financially endorsing any related facility or outside enterprise and violation of our traditions. Our primary purpose is to carry the message to the still suffering addict and allow the opportunity for all to make that choice. Anonymous Addict

Concept 6

Group conscious is the spiritual means by which we invite a loving God to influence our decision 

At AREA we do a group conscious. At Home Group you do a group conscious. This is when I get the opportunity to do the right thing for the fellowship, even if it doesn’t feel like the right thing for me. If my conscious is not awakened, if I’m not in a relationship with the God my understanding; and not working the spiritual principles of the program, we are still operating on ego. We are still on self interest. And when it is the opinion of some or because it’s about popularity, I have to consciously make a decision on what’s best for the group. I have to be working with a sponsor, in a service position, and participating in the fellowship and if not, we are still on self interest. Being of service and practicing the spiritual principles, I find out that, what’s good for the group ultimately is good for me. That last paragraph talks about what’s in the best interest for NA, and that is in the best interest for self. Saad Y

TRIVIA

  1. We except responsibility for our _______ good, bad, or indifferent?
  2. In order to receive, we Must be________ to receive?
  3. What are artifacts getting in the way of?
  4. With self acceptance comes a _________ to creatively explore new directions?
  5. What must we do to ________ and ________ our primary purpose?

The Message of Hope is always in need of members to submit NA related material. Thank you for being of service and allowing me to serve Lillie A.

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

May 2023

The Message of Hope

Step 5

“We admit it to God, to ourselves, and to another human being, the exact nature of our wrongs”

DENIAL: Don’t even know I am lying! It was only by the grace of God that I learned the HOW of this program. It’s been an ongoing process learning to get honest with myself first. As I worked the steps with my sponsor I trusted her more and more. By the time I got to the 5th step, I could, did, and do tell my sponsor any and everything. Lisa A.

We will need the help of God, as we understand Him, and the fellowship of Narcotics Anonymous. pg. 33 IWHW

We can trust NA with saving our lives without entrusting every member with all of our secrets. It’s important to modulate our openness, discerning the difference between sharing at group level, confiding in a friend, and baring our soul in a Fifth Step. Of course some of our best lessons come from our mistakes. SPAD 5/6

Tradition 5

“Each group has but one primary purpose – to carry the message to the addict who still suffers.”

Being of service to a meeting, especially one having been around for over 40 years, allows me the opportunity to be a part of keeping the doors open and carry out our primary purpose. Donald

Consistency is a spiritual principle that keeps us doing what we do. It begins with the refrain, we keep coming back! Coming to meetings, regularly helps us stay clean, and it also carries a message of hope. We keep coming back because it works, the group depends on his members, and members depend on, the group being true to its purpose. Showing up consistently, sharing, honestly, and treating others with respect all further our primary purpose. A consistent message is powerful. When our actions and message are clear and consistent, our groups cannot fail. Pg. 83 GP

Concept 5

“For each responsibility assigned to the service structure, a single
point of decision and accountability should be clearly defined.”

I suggest that for each position in AREA, we should produce and document in a folder, the responsibilities of that service position. Passing along what we did to fulfil this commitment. And leave it with AREA. This could serve as a guide for the next NA member stepping up and being of service, especially if that position had not been filled the previous year. Our literature states that one addict helping another is without parallel. Lil Andrea

THINGS TO DO

Memorial Day Marathon May 29, 2023

“Living Clean The Journey Continues” Starting immediately after the continental breakfast 10 am, members will share their experience, strength, and hope every hour on the hour until 8pm. 3001 Central Ave

WHAT Spring Fling Family Fun Day

WHEN June 3rd Noon to 6pm

WHERE Northwest Way Park 5253 W 62nd St. Shelter 3

Bring a side dish or dessert to share $5 suggested donation no addict turned away

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 Reservations deadline is 9/1/2023 Convention room rate is $119


TRIVIA

  1. Step 5 is the KEY to what?
  2. After working a fifth step … what could this process be thought of as?
  3.  This step (5) will expose our _____ and ______?                                          
  4. I can disarm the secrets in my life by sharing them with what/who?
  5. What is one of the many benefits we get from working step 5?

Answers from last months questions 1.LOVE! IWHW pg. 157 2.Carry the message. GP pg. 63 3.NOW 4.The autonomy of our group. BT pg. 66 5. Honest self-assessment BT pg. 28

The Message of Hope is always in need of members to submit NA related material. Thank you for being of service and allowing me to serve Lillie A.

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