Welcome to the 6pm meeting of Narcotics Anonymous 

My name is (name) and I am an addict, I am secretary for this meeting. The meeting Host for this evening is (name).

This is a closed meeting for only addicts or people who identify themselves as addicts. Is there anyone here who would like the meeting to be opened?

May I remind everyone that you may manage your video as you wish, during the meeting.

  • [If no request to open the meeting, continue to the line that starts with “Can we start…”]
  • [If yes to open the meeting]
    Does anyone else have an objection to opening the meeting, please indicate with a raised hand?
  • [If there is an objection]
    For those people who are here and not addicts, please can you now press the leave meeting button.
  • [If no objection]
    This meeting is now open. For any non-addicts please do not share and you should not make any contribution to the running of this meeting.

Can we start this meeting with a moment of silence for the addict who still suffers?

Is there anyone here attending their first NA meeting, or this meeting for the first time? 
If so, Welcome! You are the most important people here!

If you’ve used today, please listen to what is being said and talk to someone after the meeting. 
It costs nothing to belong to this fellowship; you are a member when you say you are.

Welcome to the 6pm open meeting of Narcotics Anonymous

 

My name is (name) and I am an addict, I am secretary for this meeting. The meeting Host for this evening is (name).

This is an open meeting for addicts or people who recognise themselves as addicts and their visitors.

May I remind everyone that you may manage your own video, as you wish, during the meeting.

Visitors are requested not to share or to make any financial contribution to the running of this meeting.

Can we start this meeting with a moment of silence for the addict who still suffers?

Is there anyone here attending their first NA meeting, or this meeting for the first time? If so, Welcome! You are the most important people here!

If you’ve used today, please listen to what is being said and talk to someone after the meeting. It costs nothing to belong to this fellowship; you are a member when you say you are.

Raise Hand

We will now mute all microphones. Please use the raise hand button if you wish to speak, so we can unmute you. Would someone please read…

Readings

In NA the only requirement for membership is the desire to stop using.

Anyone may join us, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual identity, creed, religion or lack of religion.

We don’t accept any form of prejudice or discrimination and ask that anyone sharing takes this into consideration.

If someone shares something that is prejudicial or discriminating to anyone’s age, race, gender, sexual identity, creed, religion or any other form, the person sharing will be asked to refrain from sharing such matter, and if this continues will be stopped from sharing, or otherwise the meeting will be discontinued for the day.

This is intended to maintain an atmosphere of respect for all addicts and a focus on our primary purpose.

Most of us do not have to think twice about this question. We know! Our whole life and thinking was centered in drugs in one form or another, the getting and using and finding ways and means to get more. We lived to use, and used to live. Very simply, an addict is a man or woman whose life is controlled by drugs. We are people in the grip of a continuing and progressive illness whose ends are always the same: jails, institutions, and death.

What is the NA Program? NA is a non-profit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs. There is only one requirement for membership, the desire to stop using. We suggest that you keep an open mind and give yourself a break. Our program is a set of principles written so simply that we can follow them in our daily lives. The most important thing about them is that they work.

There are no strings attached to NA. We are not affiliated with any other organizations. We have no initiation fees or dues, no pledges to sign, no promises to make to anyone. We are not connected with any political, religious, or law enforcement groups, and are under no surveillance at any time. Anyone may join us regardless of age, race, sexual identity, creed, religion, or lack of religion.

We are not interested in what or how much you used or who your connections were, what you have done in the past, how much or how little you have, but only in what you want to do about your problem and how we can help. The newcomer is the most important person at any meeting, because we can only keep what we have by giving it away. We have learned from our group experience that those who keep coming to our meetings regularly stay clean.

Before coming to the Fellowship of NA, we could not manage our own lives. We could not live and enjoy life as other people do. We had to have something different and we thought we had found it in drugs. We placed their use ahead of the welfare of our families, our wives, husbands, and our children. We had to have drugs at all costs. We did many people great harm, but most of all we harmed ourselves. Through our inability to accept personal responsibilities we were actually creating our own problems. We seemed to be incapable of facing life on its own terms.

Most of us realised that in our addiction we were slowly committing suicide, but addiction is such a cunning enemy of life that we had lost the power to do anything about it. Many of us ended up in jail, or sought help through medicine, religion, and psychiatry. None of these methods was sufficient for us. Our disease always resurfaced or continued to progress until in desperation, we sought help from each other in Narcotics Anonymous.

After coming to NA we realised we were sick people. We suffered from a disease from which there is no known cure. It can, however, be arrested at some point, and recovery is then possible.

If you want what we have to offer, and are willing to make the effort to get it, then you are ready to take certain steps. These are the principles that made our recovery possible:

  1. We admitted that we were powerless over our addiction, that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. We humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  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.
  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.

This sounds like a big order, and we can’t do it all at once. We didn’t become addicted in one day, so remember—easy does it.

There is one thing more than anything else that will defeat us in our recovery; this is an attitude of indifference or intolerance toward spiritual principles. Three of these that are indispensable are honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness. With these we are well on our way.

We feel that our approach to the disease of addiction is completely realistic, for the therapeutic value of one addict helping another is without parallel. We feel that our way is practical, for one addict can best understand and help another addict. We believe that the sooner we face our problems within our society, in everyday living, just that much faster do we become acceptable, responsible, and productive members of that society.

The only way to keep from returning to active addiction is not to take that first drug. If you are like us, you know that one is too many and a thousand never enough.

We put great emphasis on this, for we know that when we use drugs in any form, or substitute one for another, we release our addiction all over again.

Thinking of alcohol as different from other drugs has caused a great many addicts to relapse. Before we came to NA, many of us viewed alcohol separately, but we cannot afford to be confused about this. Alcohol is a drug. We are people with the disease of a addiction who must abstain from all drugs in order to recover.

We keep what we have only with vigilance, and just as freedom for the individual comes from the Twelve Steps, so freedom for the group springs from our Traditions. As long as the ties that bind us together are stronger than those that would tear us apart, all will be well.

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends on NA unity.
  2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority—a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or NA as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry the message to the addict who still suffers.
  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.
  7. Every NA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Narcotics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. NA, as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Narcotics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the NA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
  11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

Understanding these Traditions comes slowly over a period of time. We pick up information as we talk to members and visit various groups. It usually isn’t until we get involved with service that someone points out that “personal recovery depends on NA unity,” and that unity depends on how well we follow our Traditions. The Twelve Traditions of NA are not negotiable. They are the guidelines that keep our Fellowship alive and free.

By following these guidelines in our dealings with others, and society at large, we avoid many problems. That is not to say that our Traditions eliminate all problems. We still have to face difficulties as they arise: communication problems, differences of opinion, internal controversies, and troubles with individuals and groups outside the Fellowship. However, when we apply these principles, we avoid some of the pitfalls.

Many of our problems are like those that our predecessors had to face. Their hard won experience gave birth to the Traditions, and our own experience has shown that these principles are just as valid today as they were when these Traditions were formulated. Our Traditions protect us from the internal and external forces that could destroy us. They are truly the ties that bind us together. It is only through understanding and application that they work.

Would someone please read the Just for Today  from the book… 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharing time.

Before I open the meeting for general sharing. Please be aware that the meeting room, will remain open for 10 minutes, after the end of the meeting. This time is to offer support to members and visitors with questions. Feel free to stay behind if you wish to take part.

I will now open the meeting up for sharing on today’s reading, or on anything else you wish. Only those who identify as addicts may share during the meeting. I will wind the meeting down 10 minutes before the end for any Newcomers or Shy Sharers.
Would someone be willing to keep the time please.

  • Sharing is by raised hand
  • Sharing will be the in order as it appears to the secretary or hosts so please be patient
  • Please do not cross share
  • Sharing time is limited to 3 minutes
  • Our spiritual timekeeper will flash a 2 minute and 3 minute signal on the screen.
  • Please keep a close eye on the timekeeper and make sure you acknowledge the time.
This isn’t to wind you up, but to wind you down.

Clean time.

In NA we celebrate clean time with claps and virtual hugs. Is anyone celebrating a clean time birthday today or this week.

Multiple
years

Eighteen
months

One
year

Nine
months

Six
months

90
days

60
days

30
days

Just for
today

Are there any NA related announcements?

Tradition 7

All NA groups ought to be fully self supporting, declining outside contributions. If you wish to make a contribution to NA, you may use the Tradition 7 link at the top of the homepage.

www.nanorthernireland.org/tradition-7

Literature

A wide range of NA publications are available to download free from our website. Use the Literature link at the top of the homepage.

www.nanorthernireland.org/literature

Anonymity statement.

Who you see here
What you hear here
When you leave here

Let it stay here

Readings

When at the end of the road we find that we can no longer function as a human being, either with or without drugs, we all face the same dilemma. What is there left to do?

There seems to be this alternative: either go on as best we can to the bitter ends-jails, institutions, or death – or find a new way to live.              

In years gone by, very few addicts ever had this last choice. Those who are addicted today are more fortunate. For the first time in man’s entire history, a simple way has been proving itself in the lives of many addicts. It is available to us all. This is a simple spiritual – not religious – program, known as Narcotics Anonymous.

JUST FOR TODAY my thoughts will be on my recovery, living and enjoying life without the use of drugs.                    

JUST FOR TODAY I will have faith in someone in NA who believes in me and wants to help me in my recovery.                     

JUST FOR TODAY I will have a program. I will try to follow it to the best of my ability.                             

JUST FOR TODAY, through NA, I will try to get a better perspective on my life.                    

JUST FOR TODAY I will be unafraid. My thoughts will be on my new associations, people who are not using and who have found a new way of life.                       

So long as I follow that way, I have nothing to fear.

God grant me the serenity

to accept the things I cannot change,

the courage to change the things I can,

and wisdom to know the difference.

Thank you for joining us. Keep coming back.

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