July 24, 2018 at 6:06 pm #499
Questions for Members
The questions below offer a way to begin—or continue—the process of writing, reflection,
and discussion of this Tradition with your sponsor or other NA members.
1. What brought me to make the decision to be a member of NA? What does “a desire to
stop using” mean for me in my recovery today? Do I want what NA has to offer?
2. What was it like for me when I came to my first meetings? What are some of the things
that I experienced that helped me choose to become a member? What can I do to help
the newcomer make that choice for themselves?
3. What does membership in NA mean to me? What happens when I make the decision to
become a member? What are my responsibilities as a member? Have they changed over
time? Do I try to hold others to the standards I set for myself?
4. How do my actions and attitudes reflect my decision to be a member of NA? How is it
evident when I share, in my willingness to help the newcomer, in my behavior in and
around meetings, or in how I serve in NA?
5. What part can I play in creating an inviting atmosphere? How does it feel to be a part of a
group that addicts want to come back to?
6. Have I ever given someone a reason not to come back to a Narcotics Anonymous
meeting? How do I remain welcoming when I’m just not feeling it?
7. When have I judged other addicts? What happens when I try to determine who will stay
clean and who won’t? What are the consequences for me, for other members, and for
the addict who still suffers?
8. What expectations do I have about how others recover and serve in NA? Are these
expectations related to NA principles or my own opinions?
9. What are some of my reservations about our open membership policy? What additional
qualifications do my actions and behavior impose on people’s membership and recovery?
How do I reach out with compassion and lack of judgment?
10. How does this Tradition help me understand anonymity? How does anonymity help me
understand this Tradition? How do I practice anonymity in terms of this Tradition?
11. Describe any bridges between this Tradition and one or more of the Twelve Steps. What
do these bridges teach me about my recovery?
12. What more can I do to put the principles of this Tradition into action? How would
applying this Tradition change my attitudes and actions?
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13. How have I applied this Tradition outside NA? How else might the principles of this
Tradition guide my thinking or my actions?
14. Where else in my life do I experience membership? Do I feel a part of or apart from?
15. Where else do I encounter requirements for membership? How willing am I to accept
them or participate on their terms? What “requirements for membership” do I struggle
with in other areas of my life?
16. Where else would it be appropriate to practice membership in the ways I do in NA—
being of service, being a part of decisions, contributing financially, or in other ways?
What else does it mean to me to practice membership outside of NA?
17. What impact has my membership in NA made on those around me?
18. What has the Third Tradition taught me about second chances, or about compassion,
that might be useful elsewhere in my life?
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