Message of Hope December 2023

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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.