*COVID19 Updates*

NA Members,

With all groups in our area closed we are turning more and more to online meeting, calling other members and applying knowledge of the program in staying clean. Some groups within our area, have started online meetings to fulfill our primary purpose, to carry the message to the addict who still suffers.

We are working together and are continuing to updating our online meetings as more become available. For groups that have online meetings within our area, please contact us if you wish to have it posted online. Please use the email addresses provided on the contact page. If you leave us a comment please note we have no way to retrieve it right now.

Online Meetings

Daily Meetings – Mon to Sun

Barrie – NA Zoom at Noon – 12pm Meeting ID: 817 291 823 Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/817291823

MuskokaGravenhurst – Bringing it Home & Bracebridge – We Can Work it Out – 7:30pm Meeting ID: 849 591 404 Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/849591404

Barrie and surrounding area – Recovery 101 – 11pm till 12:30am
Meeting ID: 450 563 522 Password: Isolation – Zoom Link:
https://zoom.us/j/450563522

Monday

Parry Sound – Sound Recovery 6:30pm Meeting ID: 247534547 Zoom Link: https://www.zoom.us/j/247534547

Tuesday

Grand Valley – Last Chance 7:30pm Meeting ID: 226 298 594 Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/226298594

Port Elgin – Step up to Recovery 8pm Meeting ID: 368 665 3783 Zoom Link: https://www.zoom.us/j/3686653783

Wednesday

Orangeville – Hope is Here 7:30pm Meeting ID: 738 165 000 Password: hope – Zoom Link:  https://zoom.us/j/738165000

Friday

Orangeville – Hope is Here 7:30pm Meeting ID: 738 165 000 Password: hope – Zoom Link:  https://zoom.us/j/738165000

Parry Sound – Sound Recovery 6:30pm Meeting ID: 247534547 Zoom Link: https://www.zoom.us/j/247534547

Phone numbers:
+1-647-374-4685 Canada

+1-647-558-0588 Canada

Use the phone numbers + Meeting ID if you don’t have internet.

We will continue to work closely with the Ontario Region and World Services and following their suggestions and recommendations for our fellowship’s meetings.

World Services has released the following statement: “We have set up an easy contribution button www.na.org/contribute, and we hope you will consider pitching in to help World Services stay afloat. Many of us on the Board have set up a monthly recurring contribution in the amount of our clean time and have encouraged our friends and sponsees to do the same. Thank you to those who have already answered the call! Together we can.

As more and more meetings go online in response to the global pandemic, we wanted to remind you that recovery pamphlets and booklets are available in 53 languages at http://www.na.org/ips

Thank you everyone for continuing to make the message of recovery available to addicts. Our determination as a Fellowship is a bright light in a dark time. ” In service,

World Board

Please feel free to utilize the links below. Please note that all meetings within our area are now closed.

*Hospital & Institutions*

All commitments are suspended until further notice.

In the spirit of transparency, we will continue to keep our membership updated as changes occur, as we move forward.

Thank-you for your Support,

Victor P (GHASC Chairperson)
Astrid V (GHASC Vice Chairperson)

https://www.orcna.ca/
https://na.org/

https://www.na.org/?ID=virtual_meetings

How to stay clean over the holidays

Holidays can be a difficult time for many addicts. There are family get-togethers (or the distinct absence of them), workplace Christmas parties, financial and time pressures, and expectations of alcohol consumption. New Years in particular is a holiday associated with a common expectation of drug and alcohol consumption. No matter how much clean time we have, no addict is immune to the stressors of this time of year.

Here are some tips on staying clean over the holidays

When attending any type of party or festive gathering, have an exit strategy. Even if it’s a family event, don’t feel obligated to attend, and if you do choose to attend, make sure you have a way to leave quickly should the need arise. Take your own car, take a friend in recovery who has a car, have a trusted someone on stand-by to pick you up, whatever it looks like for you, have an exit strategy and stick to it.

Know where and when the nearest NA meetings are. Whether you’re at home or out of town, find out where and when the meetings that will be open on the holidays are. Ask around, Google it, check the NA websites. Just make sure you know where and when the meetings around you will be open.

Don’t forget to use the same strategies we use every day. Keep in touch with your sponsor. Reach out to other addicts. Stay connected and don’t isolate.

Always remember your recovery has to come first. Take care of yourself and stay safe!

Have some tips we left out? Feel free to leave them in the comments!

Keep what we have by giving it away

There’s been a lot of talk in our area this past year about falling short on our commitments to Hospitals and Institutions. Our H&I committee has consistently struggled to get volunteers to go into local detox and treatment centres to share their experience, strength and hope. When members do volunteer, some are cancelling last minute or not showing up at all, and the ones who follow through seem to be the same few members, placing an unnecessary burden on those members. While other fellowships are sending drivers to detox daily to bring suffering addicts to meetings in the community, drivers from Narcotics Anonymous are rarely showing up.

Those with a year or more clean time should step up and occasionally donate an afternoon or an evening of their time. “… We can only keep what we have by giving it away…” p. 35. We hear it at every meeting we attend, in the reading What is the Narcotics Anonymous Program. In the same sentence, we read “… The newcomer is the most important person at any meeting…”. Before they can be newcomers, they are sick and suffering addicts who need to be told where they can find a meeting, that “… a simple way has been proving itself in the lives of many addicts and it is available to us all…” p. 113.

Whether it’s their first or fiftieth time there, those addicts in detox and treatment centres can all be considered newcomers. Detox and treatment centres are unique environments with large audiences of suffering addicts in a state of desperation. “…Through this desperation, we sought help in Narcotics Anonymous…” p. 45. They are in treatment because they have “…reached a point where we could no longer continue using because of physical, mental and spiritual pain…” p. 46.

There are reasons why volunteering is helping yourself; “…By sharing the experience of our recovery with newcomers, we help ourselves stay clean…” p. 125. There is literature, and there is the real life accounts of the addicts in our lives. Our sponsors, our sponsees and fellow homegroup members.

I accumulated some clean time and then went back out for many years. When I became desperate, I went to detox. I had first hand experience with the Narcotics Anonymous program, proof that it works because it had worked for me, but it wasn’t until an NA member picked a small group of us up for a meeting, until I attended that meeting and heard the message of those in attendance that night, that I made a decision to come back into the rooms of Narcotics Anonymous. Today I am clean and I am an active member in the NA community.

Another local addict went to detox feeling suicidal and hopeless after decades of using. He wasn’t even going to come out of his room when two members of NA visited to share their stories. He is grateful that he did,because of how strongly he identified with the story coming out of a stranger’s mouth, as if it could be his own. An NA driver returned that evening to pick up for a meeting, and this addict has been attending meetings, doing service and most importantly, staying clean, ever since.

Another addict has been a resident at a local men’s treatment facility, a facility where NA members visit twice a month to facilitate NA meetings. This addict expresses the importance of these visiting NA members,not just to himself but to the other men in the treatment centre. These men look forward to these meetings facilitated by NA volunteers, many of them wish NA members would come more frequently to facilitate NA meetings. Many of them make the most of their weekend passes by attending NA meetings.

Another addict with several years clean reluctantly agreed to travel to a local treatment centre to share his story. He later shared in a meeting about the impact of the experience, not just on the residents at the centre, who he had chance to speak with after speaking, but on his own recovery.

If you want to get involved, please contact the Hospital & Institutions sub-committee