Hoosier addicts are not unique but the Indy area definitely has it’s uniqueness to it. As someone who has experienced recovery in several states I find many things interesting about Indy’s fellowship as compared with other area. Here are some examples;
Indy has huge sponsorship families. (Addicts in some other states have never heard the term “sponsorship families”).
Talking about specific drugs and mentioning specific drugs seems to be considered “Taboo” by many in the Indy fellowship. (Not the case in most places I have experienced recovery).
Indy has a very large youth population and participation in recovery – even a Recovery based school. (Never seen such large youth population participating in the fellowship)
Indy has a very few people willing to participate in area level and group level service commitments. In other states there will be elections, even at the group level for secretary, chairperson and even coffee commitments. In Indy, many area level commitments go vacant for full terms. I wonder how this could be improved. Maybe sponsors could help by encouraging their sponsees to participate more. What is the reason for Indy’s lacking interest in service commitments? Why are Hoosier addicts so less likely to give back (their time) and serve?