Being of Service

Commitment to service helps us to “KEEP COMING BACK”

“We cannot keep the gifts the program has given us unless we give them away to others. We share our experiences and learn from each other. None of us can survive, and the fellowship cannot endure, unless we carry the message of recovery. We have found that those who keep coming back to the fellowship have a better chance of staying clean and sober.” – Life with Hope

Acts of service provide the opportunity to practice loving unselfishness and deeply benefit our individual recovery, as well as the recovery of every MA member. Marijuana Anonymous could not function without the dedication of our members who commit to giving back what was so freely given to them. Giving back to others by being of service, sponsoring, and sharing our experience, strength, and hope have been the crucial pieces that complete the puzzle of long-term sobriety.

Someone holding a sign that says "Grateful"

Our primary purpose is to stay free of marijuana and to help the marijuana addict who still suffers achieve the same freedom.Life with Hope, MA Preamble

We must carry the message or else we may fail in our own recovery and marijuana addicts who have not received our message may never find their way to recovery. Service work looks different for each of us. It’s important to find the right volunteer positions that give back not only to MA but also enhance your personal recovery.

 

Within MA, service means anything from working with an individual addict to participating at the World-Service level. There are many ways to volunteer throughout the various levels of service, as seen below in the inverted triangle.

Service may include the following: establishing and maintaining meetings, sponsoring and offering to be an accountability partner to others, providing fellowship by volunteering in MA events, etc.

Service positions range from Meeting Officers, GSRs, and DSC Officers, to Delegates, World Service Committee Members, and the Board of Trustees.

These services are necessary to continue to grow as a visible and vital presence for any marijuana addict who wants to stop using marijuana and needs help. Service rotation ensures that everyone has the chance to serve and prevents the concentration of “power” among a limited few.

“Our attitude has turned from denial, defiance, and belligerence to gratitude, humility, and a sincere effort to be of service.”Life with Hope

 

READY TO GIVE BACK??

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Quotes About Service
Quotes About Service
Quotes About Service
Excerpts from the MA Daily Reader
Excerpts from the MA Daily Reader
Excerpts from the MA Daily Reader
Living Every Day With Hope
Living Every Day With Hope

Written by MA Members, for MA Members

Written by MA Members, for MA Members

Written by MA Members, for MA Members

Nature1
By working these Steps and being of service to others, I had pulled my head out of the sand of denial and can now see that I can be a positive light in the lives of those around me.
By working these Steps and being of service to others, I had pulled my head out of the sand of denial and can now see that I can be a positive light in the lives of those around me.
By working these Steps and being of service to others, I had pulled my head out of the sand of denial and can now see that I can be a positive light in the lives of those around me.

– January 17

– January 17

– January 17

Nature5
“Service” is one aspect of the symbolic triangle found in 12-Step programs, indicating its value and importance toward long-term sobriety. Without service, the 3-legged stool of Service, Unity, and Recovery, would inevitably crash and fall apart. It’s crucial to my program to start serving the MA community.
“Service” is one aspect of the symbolic triangle found in 12-Step programs, indicating its value and importance toward long-term sobriety. Without service, the 3-legged stool of Service, Unity, and Recovery, would inevitably crash and fall apart. It’s crucial to my program to start serving the MA community.
“Service” is one aspect of the symbolic triangle found in 12-Step programs, indicating its value and importance toward long-term sobriety. Without service, the 3-legged stool of Service, Unity, and Recovery, would inevitably crash and fall apart. It’s crucial to my program to start serving the MA community.

- February 21

- February 21

- February 21

Nature3
When using, I isolated. All I could see was myself and that was the last thing I wanted to look at. Today when I’m with others, I have the chance to be of service and I give them the opportunity to be of service.
When using, I isolated. All I could see was myself and that was the last thing I wanted to look at. Today when I’m with others, I have the chance to be of service and I give them the opportunity to be of service.
When using, I isolated. All I could see was myself and that was the last thing I wanted to look at. Today when I’m with others, I have the chance to be of service and I give them the opportunity to be of service.

- March 13

- March 13

- March 13

Nature6
I am convinced that going to meetings, being of service, talking with newcomers and other MA members, and talking with my sponsor are all crucial pieces of my continuing recovery.
I am convinced that going to meetings, being of service, talking with newcomers and other MA members, and talking with my sponsor are all crucial pieces of my continuing recovery.
I am convinced that going to meetings, being of service, talking with newcomers and other MA members, and talking with my sponsor are all crucial pieces of my continuing recovery.

- July 4

- July 4

- July 4

Nature7
The fellowship of MA showed me that change was possible, and that I didn’t have to be afraid of letting go of my old ideas. Being of service showed me that I could make a positive difference in other people’s lives, and enjoy doing it.
The fellowship of MA showed me that change was possible, and that I didn’t have to be afraid of letting go of my old ideas. Being of service showed me that I could make a positive difference in other people’s lives, and enjoy doing it.
The fellowship of MA showed me that change was possible, and that I didn’t have to be afraid of letting go of my old ideas. Being of service showed me that I could make a positive difference in other people’s lives, and enjoy doing it.

- July 5

- July 5

- July 5

Nature8
I heard early on that to keep my recovery I needed to give it away. This is the spirit of service. MA works because we welcome the newcomer, and offer the kind of support we received when we came in the rooms. When I share my recovery with a newcomer, I’m reminded of how much I’ve learned since my first day in recovery.
I heard early on that to keep my recovery I needed to give it away. This is the spirit of service. MA works because we welcome the newcomer, and offer the kind of support we received when we came in the rooms. When I share my recovery with a newcomer, I’m reminded of how much I’ve learned since my first day in recovery.
I heard early on that to keep my recovery I needed to give it away. This is the spirit of service. MA works because we welcome the newcomer, and offer the kind of support we received when we came in the rooms. When I share my recovery with a newcomer, I’m reminded of how much I’ve learned since my first day in recovery.

- November 19

- November 19

- November 19

Nature9
After many years of being clean and sober, I’ve gained a deeper appreciation for the many ways in which service benefits my recovery. Pausing to care about someone else’s suffering gives me freedom from the bondage of ego and self-will. Putting that care into action means going to meetings, sharing my experience, making outreach calls to check on people, and even helping to organize events at district and world levels.
After many years of being clean and sober, I’ve gained a deeper appreciation for the many ways in which service benefits my recovery. Pausing to care about someone else’s suffering gives me freedom from the bondage of ego and self-will. Putting that care into action means going to meetings, sharing my experience, making outreach calls to check on people, and even helping to organize events at district and world levels.
After many years of being clean and sober, I’ve gained a deeper appreciation for the many ways in which service benefits my recovery. Pausing to care about someone else’s suffering gives me freedom from the bondage of ego and self-will. Putting that care into action means going to meetings, sharing my experience, making outreach calls to check on people, and even helping to organize events at district and world levels.

- December 6

- December 6

- December 6

Nature10
As I find ways to share my own gifts of sobriety, my once damaged self-esteem grows and I can experience love and faith in my daily life as I never did before Marijuana Anonymous. We contribute to the legacy of this program which ensures that a strong and unified fellowship is available to the marijuana addict who still suffers and that what was given so freely to us is available for those who follow. In loving service, we recover.
As I find ways to share my own gifts of sobriety, my once damaged self-esteem grows and I can experience love and faith in my daily life as I never did before Marijuana Anonymous. We contribute to the legacy of this program which ensures that a strong and unified fellowship is available to the marijuana addict who still suffers and that what was given so freely to us is available for those who follow. In loving service, we recover.
As I find ways to share my own gifts of sobriety, my once damaged self-esteem grows and I can experience love and faith in my daily life as I never did before Marijuana Anonymous. We contribute to the legacy of this program which ensures that a strong and unified fellowship is available to the marijuana addict who still suffers and that what was given so freely to us is available for those who follow. In loving service, we recover.

– December 10

– December 10

– December 10

Nature11
Every act of service that I’ve done has also been exactly the same help I needed, and so by helping others, I help myself. Today, doing service is an act that gives my life more purpose and meaning, and it’s a way I can give back to the same pool of wisdom and serenity that I drew heavily from during my desperate early days of recovery.
Every act of service that I’ve done has also been exactly the same help I needed, and so by helping others, I help myself. Today, doing service is an act that gives my life more purpose and meaning, and it’s a way I can give back to the same pool of wisdom and serenity that I drew heavily from during my desperate early days of recovery.
Every act of service that I’ve done has also been exactly the same help I needed, and so by helping others, I help myself. Today, doing service is an act that gives my life more purpose and meaning, and it’s a way I can give back to the same pool of wisdom and serenity that I drew heavily from during my desperate early days of recovery.

- December 14

- December 14

- December 14

Nature12
I take action in the form of giving service at meetings, helping to plan and organize recovery events, and sponsoring newcomers to facilitate their Step work. Even a five-minute phone call can be a powerful and life-altering action, if I use it to connect with another living soul. This is a spiritual program, but it is also a program of action.
I take action in the form of giving service at meetings, helping to plan and organize recovery events, and sponsoring newcomers to facilitate their Step work. Even a five-minute phone call can be a powerful and life-altering action, if I use it to connect with another living soul. This is a spiritual program, but it is also a program of action.
I take action in the form of giving service at meetings, helping to plan and organize recovery events, and sponsoring newcomers to facilitate their Step work. Even a five-minute phone call can be a powerful and life-altering action, if I use it to connect with another living soul. This is a spiritual program, but it is also a program of action.

- December 27

- December 27

- December 27

Nature13
“Service provides the backbone of MA; if there is no service, there is no MA... It is our responsibility to do what we can to make sure that MA continues to be there for us, for the marijuana addict who still suffers, and for the addict who is not yet born.”
“Service provides the backbone of MA; if there is no service, there is no MA... It is our responsibility to do what we can to make sure that MA continues to be there for us, for the marijuana addict who still suffers, and for the addict who is not yet born.”
“Service provides the backbone of MA; if there is no service, there is no MA... It is our responsibility to do what we can to make sure that MA continues to be there for us, for the marijuana addict who still suffers, and for the addict who is not yet born.”

- Life with Hope

- Life with Hope

- Life with Hope

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