The Message of Hope October 2023

CIACNA XIX UNITY IS A MUST Through Recovery We Grow

Walking up to the doors of the hotel, you can’t help but notice so many people in blue T-shirts. The Serenity Team welcomes us with open arm, help and that NA hug.

Michael J. said that overall it was a nice turn out for opening Friday. As he counted over 150 in attendance, he found himself stuck as the opening speaker Todd C. shared his experience, strength and hope.

Tori D from the Lou, had stepped out briefly to get a cup of coffee to warm up. But she quickly returned and knew that she was right where she was suppose to be. She said “I could relate to so much of what I was hearing, and I found myself crying as Todd shared part of my story.

“I remember telling my husband that I wanted to change how I felt. That I was having a craving to be with this person. I was trying to suppress it, not feel it. I didn’t know what was going on, I was all jacked up. Our literature says HONESTY is the antidote to our diseased thinking. I’m finding out that I like girls. I don’t know what to do with this or what to tell this good man. But what I told him was I don’t know who I am. And till this day he is still my good friend.” Andrea W. aka AJ

Step 10 We continue to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it

The newcomer is the most important person at any meeting. Molly G. share with me what stood out for her after attending her first convention, in particularly the Women’s Rap. She said that the speaker gave credit to the program of Narcotics Anonymous and working the Steps. That she could not imagine not using after the death of not one but two children. Our message is that an addict any addict can stop using, lose the desire to use and find a new way to live.

The main speaker Charles B. shared that the first person he asked to sponsor him told him there was no such thing as a gay addict. Anyone may join us regardless of age, race, sexual identity, creed, religion or lack of religion. Pam G. recalled how he talked about recycling through the steps. Charles B. shared that his first time through the steps was about the drugs. Now it is about how the disease of addiction will manifest in all areas of our life. That he had found himself in the bushes with two and a half years clean, stalking. Don’t act like I’m the only one. The Journey Continues.

Through recovery we grow is what came to mind when the closing speaker Danny W. said “That today I understand that I don’t have to be friends with everybody.” This is a Spiritual Program. He focused in on on==two words found in our literature, discernment, and intuition. It was Patsy who was the first to ask what was in the bag. You had to be there, and you can be. get with Devin for earlybird registration prices for CIACNA XX

In memory of the addicts no longer suffering from the disease of addiction