LifeLine Newsletter

2019 November LifeLine

In The Spot Light
Raheem C, Grateful Recovering Addict!
I’ve had an issue with the way some people interpret the third tradition of N.A.! As a member the Third Tradition
gives me the right to share my experience, strength and hope whatever way I see fit to share it without being
judged on my choice of the words I use. These no profanity, no cursing meeting are in direct violation
of the third tradition! There was nothing nice or proper about active addiction! Maybe these no profanity
meetings will start serving finger sandwiches and sip mint julep tea with their pinky fingers sticking out!!!


It was once said to me Even though i was awake, I slept. Yes I stayed in oblivion Until the Darkness and the
Light stood right before me. And Surrendering to a Higher plain was the only option in Front of Me. Immediately
I was Humbled and Released from the Antecedent Issues that once Plagued me.



Hi family I am a grateful addict named James. I want to talk about step work. The steps help us to change the person that came into the rooms so that same person doesn’t take you back out.

My story is that I relapsed after staying clean for 27 months and relapsed again after 18 months. These relapses made me realize that I need to work a more rigorous application of this program. I got a sponsor and began doing step work( RIP Cosmos) We never got past the 3rd step. His help was paramount in me now having over 25 years clean today.

Thank God for sponsorship. Thank GOD for the rooms of Narcotics Anonymous. Step work is very important. You must be clean first in order to experience recovery. Can an addict stay clean without doing step work? I say it depends on the person but I suggest that you take advantage of all our fellowship has to offer. I haven’t formally worked past the third step with a sponsor but I have read understand and experienced all the steps. Through making meetings, sharing with my network, making amends, living life on life’s terms I have arrived at where I am at today.

Please keep in mind that NA cannot solve all our problems. Sometimes we need outside help. There is no shame in doing whatever is necessary to stay clean and get better. With Honesty Open-mindedness and willingness we stand a good chance to grow. I am reasonably happy joyous and free in my life today. I have bridged myself back to life One Day At A Time and continue my process Just For Today by not using making meeting and talking about HOW I feel.

What do you think? Can’t wait to hear from you. PS I hereby commit to you my NA family to read every newsletter issue and continue to participate.

In loving service James W.


Everything is Connected

Many of our GNYR members, Groups, and Areas are confused about how our insurance policy works. One reason our insurance policy seems so confusing is knowledge does not get passed down from outgoing to incoming trusted servants. It would be nice if terms were staggered so the incoming can serve alongside the outgoing for 90 days so the knowledge gets passed down. Our insurance is primarily to protect the facilities who rent space to us for meetings and events from any damage that may be caused by us during the time we are there doing our thing.

Groups are not obligated to provide certificates to every facility – unless the facilities request it. The proof of insurance is the meeting’s presence in our Regional meeting list (one of the reasons it’s so important to keep the online meeting list up to date). To get a certificate, a request is made to the RSO via email ([email protected]) or the insurance request submission form on our website ( or by calling the RSO and submitting the request over the phone (212.929.7117).

Events are a different story because they are not listed in our meeting list. If you are having an event, the certificate is the proof of the gathering and if anything should happen to the facility while you are fellowshipping at an event – we are covered. If you did not ask for a certificate for an event and there is damage – you are responsible for paying for it, not the insurance policy.

If the facility decides to sue for damages, they’re not going to sue any of the Groups or Areas because “legally”, you do not exist. But the GNYRSO is a 501 ©3 not for profit and is recognized by the State of New York and the IRS (the federal agency that approves not for profit applications). That lawsuit winds up naming the GNYRSO and it is the Directors of that body who must deal with the situation.

Many think our policy does not cover children. This is not true. If the facility does not allow children – and you bring children and something happens – you are not covered and the RSO is not covered. You must ask the facility whether children can be there when you are holding any meeting or event.

The Areas are responsible for paying their share of the insurance. Typically, they inform the Groups in their Area how much it is going to cost per Group and they ask the Groups to please submit their insurance payments so the Areas can pay their monthly insurance bill in a timely fashion to the GNYRSC. But what happens when Groups do not attend Area, do not donate to Area, do not pay their share of the insurance, or make any donation, for that matter? Even if a Group does not send a GSR to Area (and this is an issue in every single Area that is good fodder for another article), they are benefitting from being affiliated with that Area because they are insured – even if they aren’t supporting the Area by sending in a donation and paying for their share of the insurance.

Why aren’t these Groups kicking down their 7th Tradition donations after they pay their bills? Are they “anti-Area”? Is the Area not serving the Group? Perhaps they should join another Area.

Are they financially struggling? Perhaps they should close the meeting and support another potentially struggling group and together, have one strong Group instead of two weak Groups.

If the Group is not “anti-Area” or struggling financially – if they can pay their rent and buy literature – why aren’t they paying their share of the insurance bill (or donating to Area in general)? Are Groups sending the basket around a second time to make ends meet or to get money for a celebration? There isn’t anything to celebrate if you aren’t paying your share of the insurance and if you aren’t supporting the Area. That’s stealing. That’s rejecting the fund flow. Pass the basket around a second time to pay your insurance. THEN, have a party. Vegetables first, THEN dessert.

The Group is the most important element of our service structure. Each group SHOULD be autonomous EXCEPT in matters affecting other groups or NA as a whole.

Why would any Group think that not passing along donations to Area wouldn’t negatively affect other Groups or NA as a whole? If you aren’t paying your share of the insurance, you’re forcing other Groups and NA as a whole (the Area, in this instance) to pay your share. If there are multiple Groups in an Area not paying their fair share, this means the Area has less money to stretch the same distance. It might mean that an event can’t happen or literature can’t be purchased because they can’t afford it.

The Group is the most important element in the service structure. It has the power to make or break the Areas’ abilities to provide the services they were created to provide. The services being provided cost money. NA is not a fantasy world. Literature, renting space, insurance… it costs money.

The Groups created the Area(s). The Groups are the Parents. The Area(s) are their Children. Parents provide guidance (via GSRs and Group Conscience) and nourishment (donations, participation). The Area (s) obediently fulfill the wishes of the Groups as expressed in their conscience. When Groups ignore the Area (s) and do not provide guidance and nourishment, it’s like parents neglecting their children.

Imagine how much more effectively we could carry our message if we all supported our service entities and honored our Traditions so that our Areas and Region always had enough money for a healthy budget that would allow us to do things like send Basic Texts to every public library in our Region, create PSAs that ran state-wide all year-round, and send Regional meeting lists to every institution state-wide, once or twice a year.

At the core of our disease is self-centeredness. Members know the miracles this program yields. We do what we do so those who have not found us yet might experience those miracles. “WE” are fully selfsupporting. It’s a ‘we’ program. We are a community, a Fellowship, that needs to think about how what we’re doing affects our members, other groups, and NA as a whole.

Disclaimer: Articles submitted for publication are the solely expressed opinion of the author and not that of BASCNA or NA as a whole. The Lifeline reserves the right to edit any article received for print. We will not print anything that attacks another persons individual character or beliefs.

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