On Mentioning Specific Drugs.
When I first came to NA it was important for me to hear people share about a wide variety of experiences so that I could hopefully identify with them. It was helpful for me to hear people share about the specific drugs they used and hearing stories that included experiences relating to specific drugs. Particularly enjoyable were hearing stories that included paranoid and delusional episodes. I remember one guy sharing that he heard voices and was sure “it was coming from the freezer so “I opened the freezer door and looked behind the pees”. Funny and crazy it sounded but I loved hearing that stuff. In some areas (like Indy) there are many people that think it’s not sharing the NA way to speak about or mention specific drugs. That may be true but, it helped me to know I was in the right place when I heard people talk about the insanity. I heard people that did things that seemed unspeakable to me and others that seemed “lightweights” compared to what it did. Nevertheless, without hearing it all I wouldn’t have found the identification that I so much needed to hear in order to believe I might find help in NA. For others, they get so squirmy when they hear specific drugs mentioned or hear about experiences people have on specific drugs. I understand this too. The thing we have to be careful about is caring the message “the NA way”. We want to make sure we are carrying the message and not the mess. We also have to be careful not to present our opinions in a meeting as “gospel”. It’s not acceptable for me to say in a meeting or here in this Newsletter that one way or the other is right or wrong.