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N. A. W. O. L.  NEWS

Vol. I, Ed. 2, Sept, 2007


W. O. L. F.  NOTES:

It’s time for another edition of the N. A. W. O. L.  NEWS. First on the agenda I would like to congratulate and welcome Tim H. and our fellow members in Connecticut on the formation of a W. O. L. F. Group the N. A. Way of Life Group In Middleton, Connecticut. From what Tim has told me this is a writing group with 8 to 10 members and will be forwarding input directly to

Editors Notes:

One of the primary reasons that I suggested a Way of Life Foundation Newsletter to Bo was with the hopes of creating new interest in NAWOL’s projects and revitalizing our current efforts in completing the NA Way of Life Book. I have recently had more and more addicts ask me when will the book be complete.

The only answer that I can come up with is that our book still needs more editing done one the existing chapters and the grammatical errors need correcting and that this is currently being done in workshops and by individual groups. As many of you know this is long process.

Bo S. who happens to be my Sponsor recently asked to include a small article in this edition on How to start an NA Way of Life Meeting. So here it is.


I will be emailing this newsletter to 76 known members who are listed in the contact section on our website

If you get this newsletter pass it around or email it to other addicts that you think may be interested in NAWOL. If there is a Way of Life Group in your area and you are not currently involved with it consider getting involved. If there aren’t any groups in your area consider starting one. Information on how to start a group can be found at our website or you can contact one of our members on our contact page.

You can download copies of the Way of Life Book for free from our website at or you can order them from NA Foundation Group 2302 Louise Circle #6 Smyrna, GA 30080.  You can submit input or Questions directly to N.A. Foundation Group 1516 B Live Oak Drive Tallahassee, Florida 32301. Or you can contact me at

Lester Overstreet 3717 W. Malory Ct. Cocoa, Fl 32926   Phone # 321-684-5572 or email

*** The more diverse the material, the more complete it will be in relating to the needs of all our members, not just the educated or literate professionals. ***

New Projects:

We have a couple of new and semi- projects that we are working on and invite everyone to participate. Our semi-new project is one that I believe most of you are by now familiar with and that is The Spirit Of NA.  This is a collection or Recovery Stories concerning the NA member and how they practice Spirituality in their Recovery.

The Spirit of NA


SEND TO: 1516 B Live Oak Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32301 USA

Three people transcribing tapes. 
Thanks guys! - Ed.

Our newest project is meant to be a collection of Recovery Stories pertaining to members with 20 + yrs. of recovery  and are currently working the 12 Steps of NA. Hopefully these stories will reflect on the changes that these members have experienced  during their time in our fellowship. 

New Book

NA 20+
long clean time
Stories of members with 20 or more years clean. This book may serve several purposes but the one we thought most important for now is the opportunity to define ourselves by members who are actually working the 12 Steps of NA. Too long have we been defined by our nosiest members and relapsing individuals whereas a recovering person is not so loud and they focus on their recovery and helping others. We have plenty of members with long clean time today. Work in progress will be posted on this site. - Ed.

I am currently  in the process of contacting some of the addicts in recovery that  I personally know who fall within this group and requesting that they write their story down  for inclusion in this book.

It was suggested to me by Bo that for purposes of this book that we explain that even though last names will not be used cities and places will be mentioned and that once the story is in print members may be subject to questioning by local members who  by chance recognized the author by his story alone. He also suggested that in lieu of getting a signed release we request a letter acknowledge our work on this book (written by addicts for addicts. If you have any further questions on this matter please contact Bo at NAWOL.

In closing I would like tosend a big “Thank You” to all of our groups and contacts and to our friends in Canada, Europe, South Africa. Nepal and India for keeping NAWOL alive. And Bo said to send a big Thank You to Scotty  out in Arizona  for taking NAWOL to the West Coast and to tell him that we would like to hear more from him.

Yours In Service:

Lester O.


Phone: (321) - 684 - 5572  

The magic of NA unity is clear when we see our desire for recovery reflected in others. When this occurs - we see, we understand, and we are one. This is the strength of our unity.

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Reprinted from the 
Narcotics Anonymous Way of Life, 
Traditions War: a pathway to peace,
The Spirit of NA 
or NA Twenty Plus

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Copyright © December 1998
Victor Hugo Sewell, Jr.

NA Foundation Group
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All rights reserved. This draft may be copied by members of Narcotics Anonymous for the purpose of writing input for future drafts, enhancing the recovery of NA members and for the general welfare of the Narcotics Anonymous Fellowship as a whole. The use of an individual name is simply a registration requirement of the Library of Congress and not a departure from the spirit or letter of the Pledge, Preface or Introduction of this book. Any reproduction by individuals or organizations outside the Fellowship of Narcotics Anonymous is prohibited. Any reproduction of this document for personal or corporate monetary gain is prohibited.