CARRYING THE MESSAGE The Louisville Area Narcotics Anonymous Newsletter Volume 5 || Issue 10 || October 2008 This Month’s Topic is: “Our Recovery Speaks For Itself” TRADITION TEN offer that same help to any addict seeking recovery. LOUISVILLE HELPLINE Aside from that, NA has no opinions whatsoever. By "Narcotics Anonymous has no opinion on outside 502-499-4423 issues; hence the N.A. name ought never be drawn refusing to take sides on other issues, we avoid into public controversy." becoming embroiled in public controversies that could In order to achieve our spiritual aim, Narcotics distract us from our primary purpose. This is the message of our Tenth Tradition. AREA NEWS!! Anonymous must be known and respected. To most of us, it probably seems obvious that Narcotics Nowhere is this more obvious than in our history. Area Service Positions N.A. was founded in 1953. For twenty years, our Anonymous, as a fellowship, has no opinion on the OPEN for Nomination!!!!!! fellowship remained small and obscure. In the pressing world issues of our day. Most of these issues RCMA & Activities 1970's, society realized that addiction had become have little to do with either addiction or recovery. But a worldwide epidemic and began to look for there are a great number of addiction related issues answers. Along with this came change in the way that others might expect a worldwide society of New Meeting: nd people conceived the addict. This change allowed recovering drug addicts to take positions on. "What is Miracle On 32 Street, 1137 nd addicts to seek help more openly. N.A. groups NA's opinion." we are sometimes asked, "on the 32 St. Mon. 3p.m./Wed. sprang up in many places where we were never addiction treatment industry, other twelve step 3p.m./Fri. 10p.m. In the Courage to Change Building tolerated before. Recovering addicts paved the way fellowships, the legalization of drugs, addiction-related for more groups and more recovery. Today N.A. is a illnesses, and all the rest?" Our answer, according to Old School Recovery has worldwide fellowship; we are known and respected Tradition Ten, is that our groups and our fellowship take another night! Thursdays from everywhere. If an addict has never heard of us, he no position, pro or con, on any issues except the NA 7:30 till 8:30. Literature Study, cannot seek us out. If those who work with addicts program itself. We maintain neutrality on such issues so Open Discussion are unaware of our existence, they cannot refer that we can maintain our focus on what we do best: them to us. One of the most important things we sharing recovery from one addict to another. Home Group Celebrations: can do to further our primary purpose is to let However, even in explaining our own program in public, Lose the Desire will be people know who, what and where we are. If we do we may find ourselves treading on controversial ground. celebrating 15 years of this and keep our reputation good, we will surely NA's views on total abstinence, on the possibility of carrying the message. Join in grow. Our recovery speaks for itself. Our Tenth recovering in society without long-term th the fun on Sat. Sept. 27 at Tradition specifically helps protect our reputation. institutionalization, on the disease concept of addiction, noon until 3:00p.m. This Tradition says that N.A. has no opinion on even our broad views on spirituality are not met with outside issues. We don't take sides. We don't have universal acceptance. Others who deal with addiction Sweet Surrender’s annual and recovery may view these matters very differently any recommendations. N.A., as a fellowship, does ‘Sweet September’ picnic is in than we do. We cannot deny those aspects of our th not participate in politics; to do so would invite the park on Sept. 27 at program that others take exception to. We can, controversy. It would jeopardize our fellowship. Vissing Park in Jeffersonville, however, take care to explain our program in such a Those who agree with our opinions might commend IN. way as not to invite controversy deliberately. "We do us for taking a stand, but some would always disagree. With a price this high, is it any wonder we not suggest that everyone adopt our views, nor do we Change: oppose those with different views." we can explain. "We Wednesday Nite Hope that choose not to take sides in society's problems? For our own survival, we have no opinion on outside simply want you to know what the Narcotics meets Wednesdays at issues. Anonymous program is like." So long as we focus, as Northside Christian on groups and as a fellowship, on our recovery experience Charlestown Road in New TRADITION TEN rather than our opinions of why or how NA works, we Albany Indiana 7:30. Has been "Narcotics Anonymous has no opinion on outside will stay as far as possible from public controversy. permanently moved to The issues: hence, the NA name ought never be drawn Tradition Ten restricts NA, as a fellowship, from stating Brick House in front of the into public controversy." opinions on outside issues. However, it places no such church. We have a lot of new comers come help us carry the Narcotics Anonymous is a society of recovering restriction on the individual member. In Narcotics message. We need clean addicts who help one another stay clean by Anonymous, we believe strongly in personal freedom. members. applying certain simple spiritual principles. Our Addicts who have a desire to stop using can become primary purpose, as groups and as a fellowship, is to members of NA simply by saying so. We have no dues or fees, no pledges to sign, no promises to make to Page CARRYING THE MESSAGE The Louisville Area Narcotics Anonymous Newsletter 2 /4 anyone, ever. Though a spiritual program, we encourage th our members to develop their own understanding of a 10 Tradition Interview Higher Power. Even our leaders are only trusted servants, with no power to tell individual members what Chris: What does it mean to have no opinion on outside issues? to do, think, or say. NA members are encouraged to think for themselves, to develop their own opinions, Anonymous: It means exactly what it says. Whether it’s treatment, drug court, and to express those opinions as they see fit. The only other programs, professional opinions, or anything else under the sun, that we caution Tradition Ten offers individual NA members is have no opinion at all about anything other than sharing and seeking recovery that, when speaking publicly, we think through what through the 12 steps. To be pro or con on anything other than this in any we're going to say before we say it. In certain situations, manner, implied or other wise, puts us and our integrity and fidelity in jeopardy. anything an NA member says will be taken as NA's th It pushes us into endorsement that is also in conflict with the 6 tradition. opinion, even when the situation itself has nothing to do with Narcotics Anonymous and the member clearly Chris: Have you ever experienced N.A. having opinions on outside issues and if states that the views expressed are strictly personal. It's so what was that experience? not our fault if others misinterpret what we say as individuals; this does not. however, make the Anonymous: Yes, I’ve seen groups try to enforce morality or specific religions complications arising from such misinterpretations any and religious beliefs on addicts. This was so damaging to the alienated addict and less serious for NA. We may be able to avoid such the NA community. This was the only exposure to N.A. these addicts ever had complications before they arise simply by thinking and they were told that they couldn’t curse and they had to believe in a specific carefully before we speak in public. God. If they didn’t adhere to these things, they were outcast and demeaned. But what about speaking in a recovery gathering? Does Also, I’ve seen groups become so enmeshed with the court system that they the Tenth Tradition tell us that, as individual recovering weren’t recognizable as N.A. Some groups existed solely to sign attendance slips. addicts, we must not talk in NA meetings about the Drug Court judges would show up to the meetings and share. The message of challenges we face? No, it does not. While a particular recovery was almost non-existent in these meetings and those seeking it rarely problem may be an outside issue, its effect on our had the opportunity to see what N.A. had to offer. recovery is not; everything affecting a recovering th addict's life is material for sharing. If a problem we are Chris: How do you see the 10 Tradition as connected to the other Traditions? having impacts our ability to stay clean and grow spiritually, it's not an outside issue. Many things can put Anonymous: Like I said before, when we form opinions on outside issues we us off balance and challenge our recovery. We often force an endorsement of related facilities or outside enterprises. This directly discuss such challenges with one another at our th conflicts with our 6 Tradition. These things divert our focus from the primary meetings, seeking to ease our personal burdens by purpose of Narcotics Anonymous. They keep us form offering the very thing that sharing them with our fellow NA members. We ask we exist to offer; the opportunity to stop using drugs, lose the desire to use, and others to share how they have applied the principles of th find a new way to live. This is what our 5 Tradition asks us to protect. These the program in similar circumstances. recovering their rd th actions also remove the anonymity that is called for in our 3 and 12 Traditions. balance and strengthening their recovery. We need no They create membership requirements and second class addicts and NA one's permission to talk about such things in our st members. All of this totally removes the unity called for in our 1 Tradition and meetings. throws our common welfare out the window. But, for all that, we all know that controversial personal opinions can distract our meetings from their primary Chris: Is there anything else that you would like to add? purpose. If everything is recovery material, yet we want to help our meetings retain their focus on recovery, how Anonymous: Yes, it is my hope, my prayer, that our fellowship wakes up, do we decide what to share? We can ask ourselves develops a spiritual relationship with these Traditions, and takes responsibility some questions: Am I sharing from my experience, or for the survival of Narcotics Anonymous. The Traditions tell us that we keep our am I expounding an opinion? As an individual, am I freedom only with vigilance. The Traditions tell us that all will be well if the ties dwelling in the problem or seeking the solution? Do I that bind us together are stronger than those that would tear us apart. It is our share to draw the group together or to force the group responsibility to keep these Traditions in place; not God’s. In the Basic Text it into separate camps? Do I make it clear that what I say, I says, “Our Traditions protect us from the internal and external forces that could say for myself, not for Narcotics Anonymous? So long as destroy us.” I pray that these words shake an awakening into your spirit. we keep our common welfare and our primary purpose in focus, we will avoid the kind of controversy that Chris: Thank you for being of service. distracts us from recovery. PI/Helpline subcommittee: is in need of your support. We N.A. Conventions and Functions currently only have 2 women on the committee and are in Far and Near Page need of more female volunteers to support the 3 /4 area. Give back what has so freely been given to you and th th serve your area helpline so Oct 11 , 2008 Miracles Under Construction: Lose the Desire 15 Year Home that we can continue to carry Lose the Desire Home group Group Anniversary Celebration the message that any addict st nd, Oct 31 – Nov 2 2008 BARCNA III: can quit using, lose the desire Ramada Conference Center of NA Dance, auction, workshops, main speaker meetings. NO Addict to use, and find a new way to Lexington st Turned Away! Pre-Register: before July 1 - $15; $ 20 after. live. 2143 N Broadway, Lexington, Chairperson . . Chery M.................859-223-4820 KY 40505 Registration . . Bridgette T.............859-230-1733 Activities Sub-Committee: (Exit 113 I-64 & I-75) Reservations: 859-299-1261 Needs your support: Every Sat. Speaker Requirements: Main Speaker = 5 Years Clean; Workshop = 3 10a.m. Highland Methodist Years; Workshop Chair = 1 Year. Send tapes to BARCNA III, P.O. Box church, 1140 E. Cherokee 1795, Lexington, KY 40588 ATTN of Programming Committee Road. Contact Kathryn M. 889- Rooms: $69.99 /night (Refer to BARCNA III) 0235 th th January 16 – 18 , 2009 LACNA XIX: th Talent Show – Friday, Jan. 16 – 9:15 p.m. till 10:30 p.m. (Contact Schedule Correction: Cissina to sign up – 502.618.7478 or firstname.lastname@example.org) Home Sweet Home meets on Sun. at 7:30pm and not at 6pm New Location: Cool Changes has moved to Interlink Counseling – 8311 Preston Hwy Lou, KY 40219 New Meeting: The Next Right Thing group is meeting on Sat. from 6:30 – 8 pm at 501 Pearl St. New Albany Token Club New Day: Another Chance Group has a new meeting day on Sat. at 12 noon at the same location. Sub Committee Moved: H &I has Moved to 318 W. Kentucky St. in the Central rd Presbyterian Church. Still 3 Wed. every month, still 6:30p – 7:30p H&I Needs Support: 2008 Calendar Acceptance – Mon. 8p-9p CST 318 West Kentucky St. – ‘Central Pres. Church’ @ 6:30 p.m. 1370 Hwy 79 North Irvington, Jan. 16th Feb. 20th March 19th th st KY 40146 ‘Acceptance Place’ April 16 May 21 June 18th Alone No More – Wed. 11a-12 July 16th Aug. 20th Sept. 17th th th CST ‘McDaniels Community Oct. 15 Nov. 19 Dec. 17th Center’ 10762 S. Hwy259 Get Involved! Good way to start service. McDaniels, KY 40152 Will bring a meeting to YOU! If you’re in a hospital or shut in and can’t get Return To Reality – Fri. 7p-8p CST. ‘County Annex’ 111 W 2 nd to one. Contact Cordelia or Heather St. Hardinsburg, KY 40143 Chair – Cordelia B - 889-8119 Secretary - Heather W. – 365-0246 Change: Panel Coordinator – Lee Z. – 558-2266 Recovery today has moved to ___ THIS IS YOUR NEWSLETTER!! ___ ‘CARRYING YOUR SUBMISSIONS MAKE IT HAPPEN!! 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November 9 11 Years Walking & Talking Recovery The views expressed in this newsletter are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent, and should not be attributed to, the Newsletter Subcommittee or Narcotics Anonymous as a whole.