The Message of Hope
“The outer circle of our symbol denotes a universal and total program that has room within it for all manifestations of the recovering person” Basic Text vi. Within the margins of this newsletter is room for all to be of service and share how the Narcotics Anonymous program has gifted you with a new way of life. Our literature states that “We can’t keep what we have unless we give it away”. By sharing your personal story of recovery, it is a way to ‘give back what was so freely given to you’. You can share how the best sponsor ever guided you through the Step Working Guide. Or that studying the Guiding Principles is what makes your home group the best. As a newcomer I meditated every morning on the Just For Today and now I start my day with our newest piece of literature A Spiritual Principle A Day.
Feel free to share your perspective on any and all NA approved literature!
October 6-8 2023
UNITY IS A MUST “Through Recovery We Grow”
The CIACNA convention committee met and voted on this year theme through recovery we grow. The next convention committee meeting will be March 18th between 3 & 4 p.m.
The Midwest Zonal Forum of NA MZF meets 2-3 times a year at rotating locations throughout Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. The last meeting was a hybrid that met February 17-19 here in Indianapolis. One of many topics discussed was ways NA members can support the rebuilding of the reserve funds after the pandemic and how to improve 2023-2025 NAWS Inc budget.
Step 3 We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity
An addict shared “This is where I decided to trust God with my recovery. I had to admit my powerlessness over my disease. I came to believe that there is a Higher Power that can deliver me from the craziness and unmanageability. Now I am ready to make the decision to turn it over to this Higher Power, to God as I understand God, trusting that this Higher Power can restore me to my right mind. I “let go and let God”.
Tradition 3 “The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using.”
“In the beginning I just wanted the pain to stop and not use drugs. Then I noticed that it didn’t use the word drugs. But I know that’s what it meant, that’s how I identified with others. But with some time abstinent from using, I desire to recover from acting out on my character defects today” an addict shared.
Trusted servants still needed to fill positions for Area, CIACNA, and the groups
Trivia (answers provided in next issue)
- Tradition 3 guarantees what?
- All that is required is? (2 answers)
- What is the most important thing to understand about a Higher Power
- What spiritual principle is at the heart of tradition 3?
- How can we practice the spiritual principle of commitment?
Slogans – what are your favorites and why?
“The newcomer is the most important person at any meeting because we can only keep what we have by giving it away’. When I first came into the rooms I thought the people wanted something from me, why were they being so nice? And for the first time in a long time I felt loved. I wanted what they had to offer and soon learned that only thru reciprocation could I attain it.
Let me say thank you to the fellowship of the Central Indiana Area of Narcotics Anonymous for allowing me to be of service. I’m a grateful recovering addict name LillieA
In memory of the addicts no longer suffering from the disease of addiction