Special digital-only issue of the Greater Hollywood Area Newsletter!
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We hope that you will find both inspiration and food for thought in this issue, which we dedicate to Clean Not Dead: Living Proof, Youth Unity Day of NA’s Southern California Region.
The Greater Hollywood Area of NA is proud and privileged, honored and humbled to host this event, which takes place on August 13, from 10 a.m. to midnight at the Hollywood Women’s Club, 1749 N. La Brea Ave. We ask all NA members of Greater Hollywood to support the youth of NA by attending this important event, which is designed to increase unity and further our primary purpose of carrying the message to the addict who still suffers throughout the Southern California Region.
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These stories and poems describe the essence of our experience as addicts: the terrible struggles and the hopelessness; the pain of isolation, fear and the acute desperation that eventually leads us to a chance to find recovery.
This issue of the newsletter explores what it means to find the courage to actually let go of our reservations and to experience the miracle of the lifting of our obsession to use; through the best and worst of times. We may never fully understand why this works for us, but we certainly see and hear the evidence that, no matter what, we can stay clean one more day.
This issue presents a real diversity of voices. We asked for submissions on any topic and we received articles and poetry that prove how varied, fascinating and creative our fellowship in Hollywood is.
Submissions came slowly for this issue. It began to dawn on the newsletter staff, as we waited for the contributions to arrive, that we’d presented a topic that can be quite daunting and difficult to write about. Just like the Sixth Step!
How do you do it? How do you stay? In this issue, we hear a number of addicts give their response to this question.
An old saying heard from time to time in meetings is “If you want to have to work your program, get into a relationship!” This issue of, Hollywood Area Newsletter covers addicts contribution cover a variety of relationship challenges and successes.
Contributions by addicts who have rediscovered, reinvented and discovered new perspectives and new ways of living through Narcotics Anonymous. Poetry, games and more.
When we put out the word that we wanted to publish an issue on “Creativity in Recovery” and that we would welcome pretty much any sort of expression, we got an overwhelming response!
Poems, articles, lyrics, photography, stories, an excerpt of a play and artwork came in such abundance, we now have a backlog of really great contributions to use as part of the next several issues.
Funny thing: it’s not uncommon to hear a newcomer fret in a meeting about fearing that they might not be able to create art without the aid of their drug of choice. They wonder if they are now going to lose their “edge,” and be deserted by their Muse!
From what we see here, there’s no need to worry!