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clarity of the NA message is blurred.  To speak in this manner suggests that there are two diseases (addiction and alcoholism), that somehow one drug is separate from the rest, requiring special recognition.  Our identification as ADDICTS is all inclusive referring to the disease of addiction, allowing us to concentrate on our similarities not our differences. (Reference wording of 1st Step)

Newcomers: NA meetings will ask if there are any newcomers in their first thirty days of clean time (explain why; Primary purpose)

7th Tradition (explain) (Reference “What's the Basket For?”  IP)

Speaking / Sharing at NA Meetings

Sharing at meetings - READ:

In NA meetings we share in a general way our life experience.  We deal with every aspect of our addiction, not just it's most obvious symptom: our uncontrollable drug use.  We try to avoid specific details of our using.  As stated in What is the Narcotics Anonymous Program:

“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.”

BEHAVIOR STATEMENT (Tradition 4 page 155 It Works How and Why) - READ:

It’s also important to consider how we’re viewed by society.  When NA meetings first began in many places, it was illegal for addicts to meet under any circumstances.  Even where meetings are legal, the public often views groups of addicts with alarm.  Until NA has established a good public reputation, it may be difficult for addicts to find meeting places.  If our behavior as NA members is still destructive and selfish, we will once again have difficulty meeting openly.  We help protect our reputation as a fellowship when we use our meeting facilities with respect, keeping them clean and in good repair.  We should take care to act like good neighbors, conducting ourselves respectfully…If the public reputation of Narcotics Anonymous is somehow impaired, addicts may die. (Provide examples)

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