NA Meetings in Sioux Falls
(Updated March, 2011) Upcoming Events
SUNDAY (Not limited to U.S.E. Area)
10 AM – O, Discussion SFNA April 2011
6:15 PM - C, Step Guide Study SFNA th
8 PM – O, How & Why Study SFNA 3:00 PM
10 AM – C Book Study SFNA Newsletter committee Meeting
12:30 PM – C,BasicText Study MMDNA th
Fryin Pan 12 & Western
6:15 PM – O, Discussion SFNA
7 PM - O, Staying Clean on the Outside CLEAN &
Area Service Committee Meetings
8 PM – C, Discussion SFNA April 17th
TUESDAY Caribou Coffee 1924 S Minnesota Ave
10 AM C, Discussion SFNA U.S.E. Area PR sub committee
6:15 PM – O, Book Study SFNA 1:00 PM
7 PM – O, Discussion FTW Area Service Committee meeting
8 PM – C, Book Study SFNA 2:00
WEDNESDAY U.S.E. H&I to be announced
10 AM – O, Discussion SFNA
U.S.E Activities to be announced
6:15 PM – O, Discussion SFNA
8 PM – O, Discussion SFNA U.S.E. Literature to be announced
10 AM – C, Discussion SFNA -Serenity In The Hills
6:15 PM – C, Discussion SFNA 01 Apr 2011 - 03
8 PM – C, Discussion SFNA 5:00 PM
7 PM- O, Discussion POF Center of Hope Building
8:30 PM – C, Basic Text Study UGNA 306 West Main Street
FRIDAY Lead, SD 57754
10 AM – C, Discussion SFNA
6:15 PM – C, Discussion SFNA -Spaghetti Dinner
8 PM – C, Discussion SFNA 29 Apr 2011 - 29 05:00 PM -
SATURDAY 09:00 PM
10 AM – O, Discussion SFNA First United Methodist Church
11 AM – O, Book Study CLEAN FREE 629 Kansas City St
6:15 PM – C, Discussion SFNA Rapid City, SD
5 PM – O, Discussion BGNA
8 PM – C, Discussion SFNA
-17th Annual Sheridan Lake
O/C = OPEN TO PUBLIC/CLOSED
All meeting are NON-SMOKING
SFNA(Sioux Falls NA) 301 S. GARFIELD AVE., #5 Aug 7-14
POF(Promise of Freedom) Face it Building 26th & Sheridan Lake
Western Around Back "Squirrel" Group Campsite
CLEAN & FREE NA 3300 E. OAK (Sonrise Baptist
Church) -SDRCNA 14 April 2011
MMDNA(Monday Mid Day NA) 310 S.1st AVE 16 Sep 2011 - 18 Sep 2011 To reach the addict still suffering;
(Carroll Institute) Ramkota Hotel
UGNA(Underground Group NA) 5509 W. 41ST 2111 N. Lacrosse We can only keep what we have by giving it away.
STREET (Peace Lutheran Church) Rapid City, SD 57701 By Addicts For Addicts
BGNA(Basic Group NA) 3100 RALPH ROGERS RD
(Central Baptist Church), Family Life Center 2nd flr Anonymity is the spiritual principle of all our traditions,
FTW(Found The Way) 2200 S. WESTERN AVE(Our 29th
April 29th 7:30 PM So names are not put on any of our articles
Redeemer Lutheran Church) SFNA Birthday Night
Do Not Remove copies from meetings!
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Letters to the Editor, Words of Wisdom Jokes
New Comers Corner etc.
How long have you been taking care of myself. If
coming here? somebody would of offered COURAGE?
- In general, 21 years. enough dope
What does NA mean to you? To cut off my finger, I would What is the meaning of courage?
- Recovery and freedom from of. Now, I`m fat; that`s the
active addiction, a new way of truth. I`m fat and happy. Is it to fight a bull in a bullfight without any weapon?
life. Where do you want recovery to
What keeps you coming back? take you in general? Is it to undertake a cross-country auto trip in a Chrysler
-I know NA is a better way of - To be able to stay clean one Corporation car?
life. It`s an easy question but day at a time and ultimately
harder to put on paper. become a therapist and help Is it to fly a fighter plane in combat?
Where were you menatally others.
before getting clean, where are Is it to undergo open-heart surgery knowing that the
Its Never to early to get
you now? involved in your fellowship
surgeon has a drinking problem?
- I was completely hopeless beyond meetings.
There are many ways to Is it to practice free fall parachuting?
and gone. It makes you crazy. serve. Even if you are new
Before I was completely lost. you can help and you do
have a voice at your Home Is it to perform a root-canal on yourself?
Now... I`m more at peace. Group.
Where were you emotionally, Home Group Members that
where are you now? participate in guiding their Is it bungee jumping, wild water rafting?
Group is one of the most
- When I was using I was lost neglected positions in our
and didn`t know how to deal local fellowship. Bullshit... those are nothing!
Its your fellowship feel free
with my emotions at all. Now, to own it and help it.
You do not need a specific
I`m learning to deal with my amount of clean time and
feelings in a productive way. you do not need to be THIS my friend is COURAGE!!!
elected to a position to
Where were you physically? choose and participate in
Where are you now? When I your Home Group
Admitting I can't do it alone.
was using I didn`t care about
taking care of myself. It`s hard
to explain. I didn`t care about (2) (11)
Articles of Recovery guide me until I could stand on
my own. Old Timers Bench
Service Anyone? Now I had a service
Regardless of how much clean time I have, I have always struggled
I am an addict. I have not commitment to others as well with the spiritual awakening portion of my program. I grew up in a
picked up to use, no matter as a commitment to myself to very religious family and the affect it had on me was an adversity to
what, since October 10, 2003. stay clean until the next organized religion. Fortunately in NA I have a higher power of my
For that I am grateful, and business meeting. own understanding. My spiritual awakening is an affirmation of my
sometimes astonished! When I higher power at work in my life and in others in the program. I
traveled to India with another member of our program. The trip
first slithered into the rooms of
Since then I have been involved was very memorable. I saw places I may never see again, and some
NA, I felt absolutely worthless, I never dreamed I would see in the first place. After our fantastical
in service in every aspect from
and these happy go lucky trip, we arrived at our airport ready to fly back to the U.S. at 12
my home group-New Hope, to
addicts told me to come back. o’clock noon. Unfortunately as we examined the tickets we
my area, West River Area, to realized that the tickets said 12 o’clock midnight and we had missed
So I did. Thanks to those who
my region, South Dakota our flight. We went to the ticket counter expecting to have to
came before me. They helped
Region of Narcotics straighten out our mess only to find that the airlines had changed
to build a responsible persona
Anonymous, Plains State Zone our flight to 12’oclock noon and that we would be able to make the
within me, and they loved me flight. There was still some bad news. The flight change made it
as well as World. I put as much
for who I was. impossible for us to make our connecting flight in Bangkok. So we
effort into being of service as I
were forced to stay at a five star hotel there for a few days. With
did to chasing that elusive the United States looming in our near future, my traveling
Eventually, to my surprise, I “high”. As we were driving companion became concerned with his troubles with the IRS at
found myself raising my hand home from the past Plains State home. As we grabbed a snack, he vented his frustration with the
in a business meeting to say Zonal Forum four of us were IRS and a fellow standing near us took interest. The man just
that I thought I might be able to discussing service. I asked if happened to be from the United States and had worked for the IRS.
they knew why I did all that I He explained that he was sure he could help my companion
be secretary for my home overcome his difficulties with the IRS. After arriving in the U.S.
group. I had been clean for a do. My heart expressed that as my companion contacted the man we met and his challenges were
little over a year by then. It was long as there is some addict out easily resolved. There was a time when I would have said “What
a unanimous vote! Holy Cow, there searching for that next good luck!” or “What a coincidence” Today I realize that for all of
what had I gotten myself into? high, I will be here to hold open the accumulations of events to happened in sequence, and in time
Those loving, caring people the door to recovery. for two people to cross paths in a ten minute slot of time in a
foreign country to present a solution to a very specific problem, it
who came before me showed In loving Service to all addicts! isn’t a coincidence, it is a miracle…and an affirmation of my
me what I needed to do in this Higher Power at work in my life and the lives of others.
service position. They helped
Experience Strength and NA Service Structure
Hope "Meeting Etiquette"...
We keep what we have by away thinking it had nothing We have all done it before, walked into a meeting, seen an old friend, and
for you? When I do that I find I talked to each other through out the mtg. This makes people not want to share
giving it away. and can cause people to use.
am right, it had nothing for me
Be aware what you give, for because I had nothing for it. When someone at a mtg is sharing, we feel compelled to say something and
that is considered cross talk. Or we share again and offer our advice. While
you shall foster growth in those this may seem helpful it is something that needs to be done after the meeting
When I go to a meeting, if I am
things. or at coffee at another time.
honest, open minded and
When we give Experience,
willing, then I will find what I A newcomer finally gets the courage to share, while other members are
Strength and Hope, our spirit
need to nurture my recovery. talking to their friends. They might feel like what they say is not
grows in those things… When important. To the people who attend the meeting on a regular basis, this
The more we give of ourselves,
we give of ourselves might not seem like a big deal, but to a newcomer or anybody in need of a
the more we get to grow into meeting it could be very disturbing.
unselfishly we find our
the self we want to become, or
gratitude grow as well.
that our Higher Power wants us We must remember that the mtg should be focused on recovery. We can
But the warning to heed is catch up with your friends after the mtg. It is our responsibility to keep the
when we give from the disease, meetings recovery related, with minimal distractions.
when we inflict our disease on
A great way to share your Here are a few suggestions for meeting etiquette reprinted from the NA
others, the disease grows too. Experience Strength and Hope Way Magazine.
The more we dwell in anger, or to even allow it to grow, is 1.)Be seated in the mtg before it starts.
to Participate in Carrying the
fear and resentment, so does Message into Hospitals and
2.)Dont leave the mtg untill the end. if you really have to, never get up while
the bitterness toward others and Institutions or to the someone is sharing, (especially a newcomer, as they may personalize it).
community at large via the Always wait until the person sharing has finished; nothing is that important.
the world at large grow. H&I (Hospitals and
3.)When coming back into a mtg or arriving late, stand at the back until the
Institutions) Sub Committee or
When we hunger for and The PR (Public Relations) Sub speaker finishes.
pursue our fellow members we Committee. 4.) Turn the ringer on your phone off . Texting and playing games on your
These are not regular meetings phone while someone is sharing is disrespectful.
treat them as a drug, with and require specific focus on
5.) Do not offer advice while someone else is sharing.
carrying the NA message and
which we want yet resent. introducing NA to Addicts and 6.) Remember to treat everyone with respect.
Our greed for attention the community. These items are only suggestions, but go a long way in keeping the meeting
Ask your trusted servants,
continues to sicken our spirit, Meeting chair people, Group
focused on recovery. Just a thought, opinions, and knowledge are easily
Service Representative or confused.
nothing is satisfying. We are anyone already involved about
perpetually restless, irritable how you can help
and discontent with ourselves
and those around us. (9)
Ever go to a meeting and walk (4)
Applying the traditions Spiritual Principles of NA
Some of the decision of the group’s Two of the hardest things I've had to learn in recovery
trusted servants are limited by the have been surrender and powerlessness.
“Each group should be autonomous,
traditions. The meetings must focus
except in matters affecting other
on carrying a clear NA message of To surrender meant to give in, not give up, and that I
groups or NA as a whole.”
recovery. The literature utilized had lost all control over everything including myself. This
within the meetings must be NA
literature. No one person “runs” a was a very hard thing to wrap my head around.
First, let’s define some terminology
used in this tradition. meeting, or decides all matters for a
group. A group cannot exclude any Powerlessness was just as bad. To me, it meant helpless
Autonomous means independent,
addict from attending, nor can they and hopeless.
decide who is an addict.
Affecting means to influence or How can this tradition be lived These two seemed to always go together, terrorized me
bring about a change. within your family and work
environment? You can be totally and I fought hard against them.
So in my words, tradition four states
that each group can be independent independent, as long as your choices
in all aspects unless their actions go don’t influence others in a negative Through many years in recovery working the steps and
against any other group, or NA as a way. Remember to be mindful of working with my sponsors, I have learned it's ok to
world-wide fellowship. This also others when making decisions. Open surrender (give up) when I am fighting and the quicker
means that each group must follow communication is vital, and helps to the better. It's less painful that way. I don't have to like it,
all of the traditions at all times, in all build the ability to “play well” with
others. I just have to do it.
Each group is free to decide what When I surrender to my Higher Power (GOD) it's His
type of format it wishes to utilize in fight not mine and I know He will win.
its meetings. The group may decide
if signing court cards will be done or
not, whether to be an open meeting He gives me the power to do my part and I am not
or closed, what time and day to helpless, I can do my part. I own the power GOD gives
meet, how to deal with their funding, me because I surrender to Him, and there is hope.
how to rotate trusted servants, etc.
As a group the service committee of
trusted servants will also be able to
decide whether or not to be a part of
an area or region, to promote unity
within NA as a whole.
Working the Steps
Group Conscience Step Four
April Question of the month "We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of
How do we welcome the Addict 6: The best way to ourselves”
When I first took a look at Step 4 I was in a treatment facility. I was
newcomer? (Engage) welcome them is to throw them warned about the fear that this Step produces, but I wasn’t scared. I
the life preserver of truth. You wanted to get everything out on the table. I was eager to take a look at
Addict 1: After the meeting go can't tell the truth if the truth myself for who I really was. I thought that I would let the beast out of the
and talk to them. isn't in you, and by making sure cage and admit I was a horrible person in order to feel better. I
completed page after page after page of personal inventory. I burned this
your own house is in order. information after I had completed my fifth step. A few years into active
Addict 2: Say hi and engage in That you obviously know what recovery I felt that I could do a more thorough job and take a look at the
small talk. you’re talking about. Don't give 4th Step again. I was reminded that the 4th Step is merely the writing of
the list, not sharing it - that is Step 5. So I took inventory again with the
them fools gold. understanding that Step 4 is not a preparation for confession, but an
Addict 3: I think the most objective look at both my assets and liabilities. I’ve found that I cannot
important thing is to take a Addict 7: I make sure to tell deny what I have written, because it is right there in front of me. The
moment with them after the them to keep coming back. focus of my second 4th Step was to use information that I had gathered
about myself through the spiritual principles of NA. With a few years in
meeting Shake their hands and make recovery I saw that I was not a horrible beast, but a human being that had
We have to make them feel them feel welcome. both character defects as well as a selfless loving side. Step 4 for me
welcome in order to keep them wasn’t a historical event. I needed to take another look at it. Step 4 can
coming back. It doesn't matter Addict 8: You make them feel and perhaps should be a private ordeal between the individual writing it
out and that person’s higher power, so I didn’t leave my list lying around
if they start the steps if we can't welcome by giving them a on the coffee table. A sponsor that is active in his or her own recovery is
get them to stay. keytag and phone list. Talk to meant to be a guide through the steps. So if you have questions, ask your
them if they need and want to. sponsor. If you have more questions ask someone in recovery that is
interested in your well being. The literature of Narcotics Anonymous,
Addict 4: I always ask their If they're a female direct them gives us directions on how to conduct our actions through the steps. The
name and tell them mine. If it's to another female. Basic Text, It Works How and Why, and the 4th Step Booklet helped me
a female I usually give them to better understand how to go about my 4th Step. The 4th Step is only the
my number and ask if they're writing of the list. The only way it can be written is by writing it. It
cannot be written by thinking about it. What helped me as was to
comfortable with a hug, and remember that Step 4 is not meant to be a porthole to shame and guilt. It
maybe ask if they would like to is meant to be a step toward understanding one’s past, one’s self, and a
get coffee. step toward a future with the freedom to live life one day at a time,
without the use of drugs.
Addict 5: With love and