2015 Membership Survey
Greetings from NA World Services,
We are excited to announce the launch of the 2015 Membership Survey! Every two years we attempt to gather information about our members, and the time to gather that information is now! Some may wonder why we want this information and how we use it. One of the aims of “A Vision for NA Service” is that NA is viewed as a “viable program of recovery.” With members from several countries attending the world convention in Rio de Janeiro, and members around the world participating from their homes, we have an opportunity to demonstrate that we are, indeed, a viable and respected recovery community resource. Presenting ourselves in this way helps us offer hope to others that they, too, can recover. We encourage each member to spread the word of the Membership Survey to their friends. We would like as many members throughout NA worldwide to participate.
To fill the survey out online, please go to Membership Survey 2015. Thank you for allowing us to serve.
In Times of Illness
Being Responsible for our Recovery
As addicts, there may be times when it's necessary for medical treatment by professionals. Our goal as recovering addicts is to responsibly seek treatment while acknowledging that we are addicts with the disease of addiction. The choice to take prescribed medication is a personal decision between a member, her or his sponsor, professional, and higher power. NA as a whole has no opinion on outside issues and this includes medical care.
The use of medication can be controversial in our fellowship. When treatment of an illness requires medication, the concept of abstinence can be confusing. Cleantime is an issue for each of us to resolve individually with our sponsor and our higher power. The use of medication and a person's cleantime is not an issue for the Group to enforce.
We have resources to help: In Times of Illness is a fellowship approved pamphlet that can be read in NA meetings. And our service pamphlet NA Groups and Medication is an excellent resource for us individually and in our group conscience meetings.
Going to meetings is another critical resource for the addict seeking recovery. The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop using. Many of us attended meetings long before we actually got clean. So come to our meetings. You're welcome in NA.
The Minnesota Region just celebrated our 22nd birthday. Check out our birthday video today. See all our service and recovery related videos on YouTube.