The questions below offer ways to begin—or continue—group inventory or discussion
focused on this Tradition.
1. Why does a group need a purpose? Why is it so important that we keep our meetings
focused on our primary purpose? How does focusing on our primary purpose shape the
atmosphere of recovery in our group?
2. Which of our group’s practices or customs relate to the Fifth Tradition? How do we
maintain a focus on NA’s primary purpose?
3. How does our group ensure it is a safe and welcome place? What can we do to make all
members feel more welcome? What can our group do to address behavior that
challenges our primary purpose?
4. What do we value most about our home group? What part does our group’s diversity or
sense of identity play in reaching those who attend our meetings? How does our group
distinctively carry out our primary purpose? What other purposes does our group serve?
5. What is the message that we carry as a group? How does our group attract addicts or
carry a message? How do our business meetings help us? What is the role of the group in
carrying a clear message?
6. How and why did this group get started? Has the atmosphere of recovery in our
meetings increased or diminished recently? Is there anything we need to do differently?
What are the ways our format helps or hinders our ability to carry the message?
7. What is our group’s responsibility to still‐suffering addicts? How do we carry the message
to the addicts who have not found our meeting? How can we make our meetings more
8. What is the importance of a clear NA message? How does our group foster
understanding of our Steps and Traditions? How do we help our members understand
9. Does this group make space for all addicts to hear the message? Is the message we’re
carrying reaching everyone in the room?
10. How does this Tradition help us understand anonymity? How does anonymity help us
understand this Tradition? How do we practice anonymity in terms of this Tradition?
11. Discuss any bridges between this Tradition and other Traditions. What do these bridges
teach us about our group?
12. What more can we do to bring the principles of this Tradition into our group efforts?
What could we do differently to better fulfill our primary purpose?