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- March 13, 2017 at 9:50 am #3747943
most places i go i see no reference to the step working guilds even in step meeting if its NA APPROVED MEANING WRITTEN BY ADDICT FOR ADDICTS JUST AS THE BASIC TEXT IS THEN WHY DO WE DO STEP WORK OUT OF THE BASIC TEXT THAT TRULY HAS NO STEP WORK IN ITMOST OF US USE AA HAND OUT WHEN WE HAVE OUR ON NA LITERTURE THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH THAT PICTURE OLD WAY I AM POWERLESS EVEN THOUGH IT PLANLY READS WE WERE POWERLESS HEY THE STEP WORKING GUILD IS A WONDERFUL TOOL THAT ALLOWING METO SEE IN TO ME AND REALIZE MY PROBLEM STATED WELL BEFORE I PICKED UP MY DRUG AND THAT DRUGS ARE JUST 1 OVIUS SYMPTOMS OF MY DISEASE IWISH I WOULD HAVEWRITTEN THAT MYSELF BUT ITS IN THE LITETURE IS PROGRAM OF NARCOTICS ANNOYMOUS EVERY THING I HAVE HERE IS FROM THE OUR LITERATURE]March 13, 2017 at 3:10 pm #4892912
Welcome to the NA Step Study forum of 12 Step National Meetings!
I’ll try to address your concerns.
First of all, I’m curious as to what part of Baltimore you’re located. I say that because the Baltimore/Maryland area has a very, very large NA fellowship (one of the largest in the US) and it surprises me that the NA Step Working Guides aren’t available. You may have overlooked, but if not, feel free to make the request for that literature from your group’s G12 Step National Meetings or Literature Committtee at the ASC. You may also want to check out some different meetings…here’s where you can fid them:
if its NA APPROVED MEANING WRITTEN BY ADDICT FOR ADDICTS JUST AS THE BASIC TEXT IS THEN WHY DO WE DO STEP WORK OUT OF THE BASIC TEXT THAT TRULY HAS NO STEP WORK IN ITMOST OF US USE AA HAND OUT WHEN WE HAVE OUR ON NA LITERTURE THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH THAT PICTURE
I agree that something is wrong with that picture (using AA literature for NA step work), but what it sounds like to me is that you’re running into things the way they were done in the fledgling days of NA when NA had little or no literature of it’s own. When I got clean (98) the SWG were in the early stages of approval/publication and didn’t reach my area until around 2000 – 2001. Prior to that, addicts were doing step work from worksheets that were passed down from addict to addict. The “Purist Movement” was still in effect in my area, so no AA literature was involved in anything related to NA. And yes…the SWG is NA approved.
I AM POWERLESS EVEN THOUGH IT PLANLY READS WE WERE POWERLESS
I totally agree. Many of us tend to take the wording of the 1st step too literally or take it out of context. The word “were” simply signifies our common state before coming to NA, but throughout the rest of our literature we are told that we “ARE” powerless. There really isn’t a contradiction once we understand what addiction and powerlessness means. Over the years I’ve heard many addicts claim they were no longer powerless (using the word “were” as justification for their position), only to later hear them share of powerlessness and surrender about one manifestation or another of their disease. This, IMO, is why sponsorship is so important.
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