Writing Steps for Recovery Subcommittee

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Read below for information about the Writing Steps for Recovery (WSR) subcommittee within COASCNA (Central Ohio Area Service Committee of Narcotics Anonymous).


Our mission is to provide a chance for incarcerated Ohioans to fully participate in the recovery process. We are grateful for the opportunity to pair an experienced NA member with an incarcerated addict who wishes to complete the 12 Steps of Narcotics Anonymous.


  • WSR (Writing Steps for Recovery) services are provided by mail only
  • Step Guidance is provided until release


Here is a brief introduction on what to expect and how it works.

What we do
∙ We guide our Step Writer through the 12 Steps of NA (Narcotics Anonymous)
∙ After Writers and Guides are assigned, all correspondence is confidential between them
∙ We offer guidance only until the Step Writer is released from incarceration
∙ Contact between Writer and Guide is limited to mail only
∙ We follow the rules and guidelines of each facility (i.e., individual ODRC Correctional Institutions may have guidelines in addition to those from ODRC, and we follow them all)
∙ We exercise discretion when writing about any matter that could be construed as to jeopardize the safety and the security of ODRC facilities, staff, and residents, as well as this subcommittee and anyone else


What we do NOT do:
∙ Offer guidance to those with less than one year on their sentence
∙ Act as pen pals; we only offer guidance with working the 12 Steps
∙ Offer guidance after release
∙ Supply materials, including envelopes, stamps, pre-stamped envelopes, writing paper, and writing implements
∙ Send any books, tapes, or items of this nature
∙ Contact anyone, on the outside or inside, on behalf of the incarcerated Writer
∙ Call or visit Step Writers, or have any contact with them outside the facility
∙ Put money on books, send food or care packages, or send anything other than letters
∙ Arrange for a sponsor on the outside upon release
∙ Write letters to the parole board
∙ Send information on treatment centers or living facilities available on the outside

∙ We do not give out our personal telephone number, address, photos, and anything else prohibited by our guidelines


All letters to and from incarcerated Step Writers will be sent via our Area Office

COAONA [which stands for Central Ohio Area of Narcotics Anonymous]

c/o: Alex COAONA, WSR

PO Box 20444

Columbus, OH 43220


Click here for a WSR flyer!

Click here for NA’s Guide to Local Service.

Click here for a copy of NA’s 12 Concepts for Service.

Meeting day and time:  TO BE DETERMINED; email us with questions
Location Columbus Metropolitan Library, Northside Branch – 1423 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201

First Sunday of the month at 1:05pm (library opens at 1pm); meeting room will vary depending on the month

Email Paul M. at wsrnaoh@gmail.com with questions, or call or text 614-745-7530

Contact wsrnaoh@gmail.com
Area Office phone number (614) 252-1700
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