Hi, Good morning and welcome to your 10am “Breakfast Club” open meeting of Narcotics Anonymous.
My name is _____ and I’m _______ . or (I’m ____ and my name is ____.)
(PAUSE)

We start the meeting with a moment of silence, to remember why where here and for the addict who still suffers in and out of these rooms.

Is there anyone here attending their first NA meeting, or visiting this meeting for the first time? If so, WEL­COME!

This is an open meeting to all fellowships and visitors.
The format of this group allows every 12 step fellowship member to share. In respect for our shared traditions, please keep your shares focused on your own recovery.

Could someone please read:
(If possible, share the reading on the screen and read it or ask if somebody would like to read.)

     1) What is the NA Program

     2) How it works

     3) The Twelve Traditions of NA

Are there any business matters?

Are there any birthdays today or this week?

At this meeting we like to read from a variety of the daily readers of the 12-step fellowships.
(If possible, share the reading on the screen and read it or ask if somebody would like to read.)

https://www.navienna.com/en/just-for-today/

https://www.aavienna.com/daily-reflections/

https://adultchildren.org/meditation/

https://marijuana-anonymous.org/daily-reflections/

We are now ready for your shares. Who would like to share first?
You are welcome to share anything related to the readings or to whatever you might be going through in your recovery right now.

 

Please can everyone remember the 7th Tradition:

The Zoom room is provided for our group to have our meeting from our friends at http://fobw.online

Our seventh tradition states that every NA group should be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.  If you wish to support NA please make a contribution directly over here:  https://www.na.org/?ID=contribute-now

 

Can somebody please read Just for Today

Finally please remember the 12th Tradition: Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities. Who you see here, what you hear here, please let it stay here.

Please join me for the serenity prayer. (In the we form, if you like)

GOD, GRANT US THE SERENITY TO ACCEPT THE THINGS WE CANNOT CHANGE
THE COURAGE TO CHANGE THE THINGS WE CAN
AND THE WISDOM TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE.

Keep coming back, it works if you work it, so work it you’re worth it!

 

 

 

 

 

What is the Narcotics Anonymous program?

NA is a nonprofit 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.

How it works

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 addiction who must abstain from all drugs in order to recover. (1)

(1) Click Here to read the NA Pamplet on Medication.

 

The Twelve Traditions of NA

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.

 

Just for Today

Tell yourself:
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.

With the COVID-19 Basic Measures Ordinance valid from March 5, 2022, there are no longer any rules for self-help groups!

COVID-19-BMV Ausgegeben am 3. März 2022