Chinook Area

Serving:

Airdrie, Calgary, Canmore, Cranbrook, Drumheller, Fort Steele, Golden, Hanna, Invermere, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Okotoks, Sparwood

Welcome to the Chinook Area of Narcotics Anonymous – Phone Line: 1-877-463-3537

The Chinook Area of Narcotics Anonymous is a Society of people for whom drugs have become a major problem. We help addicts within Calgary and its outlying areas (Airdrie, Canmore, Cranbrook, Drumheller, Fernie, Fort Steele, Golden, Hanna, Invermere, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Okotoks, Sparwood, Three Hills). We here at NA are dedicated to helping people who think they may have a drug problem or an addiction. We are a fellowship of recovering addicts bound together by our common bond of helping each other get clean and stay off drugs by going to meetings.

Just For Today

May 21, 2024
Keep coming back!
Page 147
"Meetings keep us in touch with where we've been, but more importantly with where we could go in our recovery."
Basic Text, p. 56

In many ways, addicts are different. When we came to Narcotics Anonymous we found others like ourselves, people who understood us and whom we could understand. No longer did we feel like aliens, strangers wherever we went. We were at home in NA meetings, among friends.

We don't stop being addicts after we've been clean awhile. We still need to identify with other addicts. We continue coming to NA meetings to keep in touch with who we are, where we've come from, and where we're going. Every meeting reminds us that we can never use drugs successfully. Every meeting reminds us that we'll never be cured, but that by practicing the principles of the program we can recover. And every meeting offers us the experience and example of other addicts in ongoing recovery.

At meetings, we see how different people work their program, and the results are apparent in their lives. If we want the lives we see others living, we can find out what they've done to get where they are. Narcotics Anonymous meetings offer us identification with where we've been and where we can go--identification we can't do without and can't get anywhere else. That keeps us coming back.

Just for Today: I will attend an NA meeting to remind myself of who I am, where I've come from, and where I can go in my recovery.

Spiritual Principle a Day

May 21, 2024
Facing Feelings with Optimism
Page 146
"When we realize we've survived every emotion we ever had, we start to believe that we are going to be alright even when we don't feel alright."
Living Clean, Chapter 7, "Living Our Principles"

Feelings get a bad rap, so it's no wonder many of us tried to avoid them. At best, they seemed complicated and uncomfortable. At worst, they posed a threat to us, since appearing vulnerable might be dangerous. By the time we find recovery, we may be accustomed to being shut down emotionally. Our hardened exteriors were an asset in active addiction, protecting us like armor. But, like so many of those old survival skills, we find being emotionally unavailable hinders our recovery. We need a different approach.

Having little to no experience with emotional well-being, many of us tried to select which feelings we would feel. Unsurprisingly, we welcomed feelings that brought us pleasure: love, connection, joy, satisfaction—bring it on! On the other end of the spectrum, we did our best to stuff or avoid anger, heartache, or dread. Sadly, we recognized that this familiar pattern of seeking pleasure and avoiding reality—retooled without the cushion of drugs—was not an effective path to emotional health.

Try as we might to avoid it, we all face adversity eventually, and the emotions that accompany it flood in. When we first experience despair without drugs, we may feel like we're going to die. "Everything is horrible!!" we tell our sponsor dramatically. Though we'd been fishing for a cosigner, we settled for some empathy. We're offered assurances that our troubles are neither inescapable nor permanent.

"I think of my feelings as works in progress," our sponsor explains. "I won't deny my emotional response these days because I know it's just a first draft, not ready to be framed and hung on a wall. My feelings can evolve with some time and distance, just as I do. The hope I found in NA gave me the courage to test out this theory. My optimism is rooted in experience. I have faith that better times will come."

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I will approach my emotional life with optimism today. My feelings—good or bad—are only temporary and subject to revision.

Who Is An Addict?

Most of us do not have to think twice about this question. We know! Our whole life and thinking was centered in drugs in one form or another—the getting and using and finding ways and means to get more. We lived to use and used to live. Very simply, an addict is a man or woman whose life is controlled by drugs. We are people in the grip of a continuing and progressive illness whose ends are always the same: jails, institutions, and death.