The MontaNA Region Website has one primary purpose: to carry the message to the addict who still suffers.
Our website is designed to further the primary purpose through online outreach. We hope this site will augment communication within the service structure as well as provide information for professionals, organizations and communities, but most of all to provide online access to support and serve addicts seeking a new way of life. The opinions expressed within these pages and links are not necessarily endorsed by WSO, Inc., and remain just that, merely opinions.
The Honesty, Open-Mindedness and Willingness expressed are that as discovered, utilizing the suggestions of those who have gone before us and who live as responsible, productive members of society, living clean, JUST FOR TODAY. These suggestions are:
- Regular meeting attendance;
- Get and work with a Sponsor;
- Work the 12 steps of NA; and
- Be of service...
(not limited to these, nor necessarily in this order.)
The following are 24 guidelines for this, and any service in the Narcotics Anonymous program. They are known as "The Twelve Service Concepts" and "The Twelve Traditions" .
Twelve Service Concepts
- 1. To fulfill our fellowship's primary purpose, the NA groups have joined together to create a structure which develops, coordinates, and maintains services on behalf of NA as a whole.
- 2. The final responsibility and authority for NA services rests with the NA groups.
- 3. The NA groups delegate to the service structure the authority necessary to fulfill the responsibilities assigned to it.
- 4. Effective leadership is highly valued in Narcotics Anonymous. Leadership qualities should be carefully considered when selecting trusted servants.
- 5. For each responsibility assigned to the service structure, a single point of decision and accountability should be clearly defined.
- 6. Group conscience is the spiritual means by which we invite a loving God to influence our decisions.
- 7. All members of a service body bear substantial responsibility for that body's decisions and should be allowed to fully participate in its decision-making processes.
- 8. Our service structure depends on the integrity and effectiveness of our communication.
- 9. All elements of our service structure have the responsibility to carefully consider all viewpoints in their decision-making processes.
- 10. Any member of a service body can petition that body for the redress of a personal grievance, without fear of reprisal.
- 11. NA funds are to be used to further our primary purpose, and must be managed responsibly.
- 12. In keeping with the spiritual nature of Narcotics Anonymous, our structure should always be one of service, never of government.
- 1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends on NA unity.
- 2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority-a loving God as he may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants, they do not govern.
- 3. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using.
- 4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters effecting other groups or NA as a whole.
- 5. Each group has but one primary purpose-to carry the message to the addict who still suffers.
- 6. An NA group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the NA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property or prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
- 7. Every NA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
- 8. Narcotics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
- 9. NA, as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
- 10. Narcotics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues, hence the NA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
- 11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films.
- 12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all out traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.
For further concerns, information or comments please consult:
- "Basic Text",
- "It Works, How and Why"
- the booklet "Twelve Concepts for NA Service"