The questions below offer ways to begin—or continue—group inventory or discussion
focused on this Tradition.
1. What does an atmosphere of recovery feel like? Why is it so important that we generate
an atmosphere of recovery?
2. How do we carry a message that is both clear and welcoming? How can we help
newcomers understand our message?
3. How can our group communicate what it means to be a member? How do we support
those who have yet to make their decision about membership?
4. Who is missing from our meetings? Is there something our group can do to better
provide a welcoming atmosphere? Is our group accessible for those members with
5. What is the relationship between welcoming and anonymity? Does our group welcome
some addicts better than others?
6. Do we make judgments or assumptions about who will hear a message and who won’t?
How do those judgments get in the way of practicing Tradition Three without
7. How can we ensure that our group is a safe place? What can a group do about predatory
behavior? How do we address situations where a member’s presence threatens other
8. How can we apply the Third Tradition when challenged by disruptive members? What
should we do about disruptive or offensive behavior? How does our group respond to
members who share in ways that make other members uncomfortable?
9. Can a group put additional requirements on membership?
10. What is the difference between “group membership” and membership in NA as a whole?
11. Do members of our group have strong social bonds with each other? Do those bonds
make the meeting feel inviting or intimidating? How can we help others feel included?
12. 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?
13. Discuss any bridges between this Tradition and other Traditions. What do these bridges
teach us about our group?
14. 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?