Online Meeting Format

I’m an addict named ____________.  I’d like to welcome everyone to the ___________  Zoom meeting of Narcotics Anonymous.  Help us open this meeting with a moment of silence for the addict still suffering followed by the serenity prayer.

Zoom provides users with the ability to “raise your hand” and we will use this feature for sharing as well as recognizing clean time.  To raise your hand simply go to “Participants”, find your name, and click “Raise Hand”.  You can also “lower your hand” this way.  Please keep your hands raised to remain in the queue.  Please lower your hand to be removed from the queue.

Please note that your microphone should remain muted for the entirety of the meeting unless you are sharing to eliminate background noise. Please avoid unmuting your microphone to recognize members at the start and end of their share.  Instead we suggest you acknowledge members using ‘jazz hands’ or via the chat feature.

I will be managing the queue and keeping participants muted.

I have asked someone to read:


April 07, 2020

The value of the past

Page 101

"This firsthand experience in all phases of illness and recovery is of unparalleled therapeutic value. We are here to share it freely with any addict who wants to recover."

Basic Text, p. 10

Most of us came into the program with some serious regrets. We had never finished high school, or we had missed going to college. We had destroyed friendships and marriages. We had lost jobs. And we knew that we couldn't change any of it. We may have thought that we'd always be regretful and simply have to find a way to live with our regrets.

On the contrary, we find that our past represents an untapped gold mine the first time we are called on to share it with a struggling newcomer. As we listen to someone share their Fifth Step with us, we can give a special form of comfort that no one else could provide - our own experience. We've done the same things. We've had the same feelings of shame and remorse. We've suffered in the ways only an addict can suffer. We can relate - and so can they.

Our past is valuable - in fact, priceless - because we can use all of it to help the addict who still suffers. Our Higher Power can work through us when we share our past. That possibility is why we are here, and its fulfillment is the most important goal we have to accomplish.

Just for Today: I no longer regret my past because, with it, I can share with other addicts, perhaps averting the pain or even death of another.

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The topic for tonights meeting will be __________.  The meeting is now open for sharing.

[Meeting Proceeds.  Then after meeting time has been reached]

We do not have key tags at this time, but if you would like to raise your hand we will take a moment and recognize your clean time.

Thank you for attending.  We will close with the serentiy prayer.  After the prayer the meeting will remain open for another thirty minutes.