Sample Meeting 3
Meeting format focused on Nicotine Anonymous: The Book
(Steps or Tradition chapters)
Welcome to the (group name) meeting of Nicotine Anonymous. My name is ___________ and I am a
recovering nicotine addict.
I have asked ____________ (member volunteer) to read the Third Step Prayer.
Thank you ___________ (member volunteer).
Now, please join me in the Serenity Prayer. God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.
Nicotine Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women helping each other to live our lives free of nicotine. We share our experience, strength, and hope with each other so that we may be free from this powerful addiction. The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop using nicotine. There are no dues or fees for Nicotine Anonymous membership; we are self supporting through our own contributions. Nicotine Anonymous is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization or institution, does not engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any cause. Our primary purpose is to offer support to those who are trying to gain freedom from nicotine.
(Our Preamble—Reprinted for adaptation with permission of the A.A. Grapevine)
If you have a desire to stop using nicotine, you are welcome here. We have learned:
- For us, no amount of will power could overcome our addiction.
- To admit we were powerless over nicotine and to surrender.
- Many nicotine addicts who want to quit, DO!
We found that there is really no perfect time to quit using nicotine. When a member quits using nicotine is left up to him or her. Use what you learn here and file the rest for future reference. Also, any past attempts to quit nicotine are valuable practice and represent a sincere honest desire to gain freedom from nicotine. Do not become discouraged. Make abstinence from nicotine a celebration and a challenge.
At this meeting we raise our hand to be recognized by the chairperson when we want to share. There is no smoking, vaping (e-cigarette use), or tobacco chewing permitted. There is no break at this meeting, but help yourself to our refreshments. Please remember there is no cross talk allowed. This means, we don’t question or comment while someone else is sharing. If necessary, please limit your sharing so others have an opportunity to share. After the meeting, you may get together with anyone to ask questions or visit.
This meeting uses Nicotine Anonymous: The Book as a focus for sharing our experience, strength, and hope. The meeting starts at ______ and continues until ____. If you do not get a chance to share, look for someone after the meeting to do so. We encourage sponsorship and the phone list as additional ways to work the Steps with other members.
Even if you think you do not have an active desire to quit using nicotine today you are welcome, please just listen with an open mind.
I have asked _________ (volunteer member) to read the Twelve Steps.
I have asked _________ (volunteer member) to read the Twelve Traditions.
The secretary can now report any announcements.
Let’s go around and introduce ourselves by first name only, and state how long you have been free from nicotine.
It is now time to give out any celebration chips for continuous time of nicotine abstinence.
It is now time to read a Step (or Tradition) chapter from Nicotine Anonymous: The Book. Tonight we will read
(Step/Tradition) ______. (Volunteers read sections of the chapter)
The meeting is now open to share your own experience, strength, and hope.
Closing the meeting:
According to the Seventh Tradition, we are self-supporting through our own voluntary contributions. In gratitude we give what we can. The money we collect goes for rent, literature, and when the group votes, to help our regional Intergroup and Nicotine Anonymous World Services serve all nicotine addicts who seek recovery.
I have asked __________ (volunteer member) to read Our Promises. (reads Our Promises)
After a moment of silent meditation for the nicotine addict still suffering, would __________ (volunteer member) please lead us in the Serenity Prayer (or Third Step Prayer or Seventh Prayer). (These are Conference- approved.)
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