*COVID19 Updates*

NA Members,

We are updating our in-person meetings as more become available. Please note that COVID-19 precautions are in place at in person meetings. For indoor meetings you are require to have a mask. Please remember to be socially distanced at meetings. Facilities may have additional requirements, groups will provide the information. We still have online meetings as listed below. If you don’t have internet please use the phone number + Meeting ID + Password (if required) to login to an online meeting. Phone numbers:
+1-647-374-4685 or +1-647-558-0588 Canada

Feel free to utilize the links at the end of this post. If you need help please email: pr@georgianheartlandna.org

In-Person Meetings

Monday

Parry Sound – 6:30pm, See Meetings

Wasaga Beach – 7pm, Recovery on the Beach, 208 Mosley St. Rear door & Meeting ID: 82245164376 Password: 1234 Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82245164376?pwd=TnUvNE51UERwRXYxOU1LZlVFYUlCQT09

Orillia – 7:30pm, See Meetings

Tuesday

Barrie – 7pm, Sunnidale Park, 227 Sunnidale Rd, Near the playground

Thursday

Barrie – 7pm, Sunnidale Park, 227 Sunnidale Rd, Near the playground

Orillia – 7:30pm, See Meetings

Shelburne – 7:30pm, See Meetings

Friday

Parry Sound – 6:30pm, See Meetings

Bracebridge – 7pm, See Meetings

Wasaga Beach – 7pm, Recovery on the Beach, 208 Mosley St. Rear door & Meeting ID: 82245164376 Password: 1234 Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82245164376?pwd=TnUvNE51UERwRXYxOU1LZlVFYUlCQT09

Saturday

Barrie – 7pm, Sunnidale Park, 227 Sunnidale Rd, Near the playground

Sunday

Bracebridge – 7pm, See Meetings

Online Meetings

Daily Meetings – Mon to Sun

Muskoka – Get Connected in Muskoka 7:30pm Meeting ID: 849 591 404 Password: 1234 Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/849591404?pwd=RmRUcGQxZkhuVWtqcy83bEhNUjIxdz09

Barrie and surrounding area – Recovery 101 – 10pm Meeting ID: 973 3205 3566 Link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/97332053566

Monday

Barrie – True Colours – 7:30pm Meeting ID: 889 2695 0092 Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88926950092

Tuesday

Barrie – True Colours – 7:30pm Meeting ID: 889 2695 0092 Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88926950092

Grand Valley – Last Chance 7:30pm Meeting ID: 226 298 594 Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/226298594

Port Elgin – Step up to Recovery 8pm Meeting ID: 368 665 3783 Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3686653783

Wednesday

Owen Sound – Open Door 7:00pm Meeting ID: 336 511 2163 Password: 3365112163 Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3365112163?pwd=VXhYM3ltUGpRT2htdEtXZHE5ZE1JQT09

Thursday

Orangeville – New Life 7:30pm Meeting ID: 842 2476 0249 Password: newlife Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84224760249?pwd=Qlh0TDBWTmxkSWxzMUZLd2w2Tlhvdz09

Friday

Owen Sound – Open Door 7:00pm Meeting ID: 336 511 2163 Password: 336 511 2163 Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3365112163?pwd=VXhYM3ltUGpRT2htdEtXZHE5ZE1JQT09

Saturday

Collingwood – Recovery on the Beach 12:00pm Meeting ID: 822 4516 4376 Password: 1234 Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82245164376?pwd=TnUvNE51UERwRXYxOU1LZlVFYUlCQT09

Barrie – True Colours – 7:30pm Meeting ID: 889 2695 0092 Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88926950092

Barrie – Warrior Women – 7:30pm Meeting ID: 840 2024 2878 Password: Love Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84020242878?pwd=TXhIMkUwbjZiN2luaXlka21UOFRFZz09

Sunday

Orangeville – New Life – 7:30pm Meeting ID: 842 2476 0249 Password: newlife Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84224760249?pwd=Qlh0TDBWTmxkSWxzMUZLd2w2Tlhvdz09

Collingwood – Welcome Home – 8pm Meeting ID: 999 485 9064 Password: 438 552 Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9994859064?pwd=dFg4NktKd3hpZUlUdlBKS0p1bEU1QT09

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

+1-647-558-0588 Canada

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

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

Recovery pamphlets and booklets are available in 53 languages at:

http://www.na.org/ips

Keep what we have by giving it away

Hospitals & Institutions

Those with a year or more cleantime are encouraged to volunteer and share their experience strength and hope at one of our service commitments within our area. “… 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 member returned that evening to pick up people 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 contact the H & I sub-committee at hi@georgianheartlandna.org

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!