CRCNA History

The History of C.R.C.N.A

(Colorado Regional Convention of Narcotics Anonymous known as CRCNA) The first CRCNA took place at the Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado from October 23 through October 25, 1987. “We Came to Believe” was the motto for this convention. Approximately 140 people attended, and a good time was had by all. “We Choose Life” was the motto for CRCNA II, which was in Boulder, Colorado from August 6-8, 1988. This was the last time CRCNA was in Boulder, until 15 years later! Same hotel, too, but it was known as the Harvest House in ’88 and is now the Millennium Harvest House.

In 1989, CRCNA III happened in Denver, near the old Stapleton Airport, from October 13-15. “Recovery is Discovery” was our motto. Fort Collins was the scenario for “Clean is Free,” CRCNA IV, October 24-28, 1990. Attendance increased each year, reflecting an increase in NA attendance and, of course, addicts in recovery from other places in the world. CRCNA V, “Step Into a Miracle,” was in Breckenridge from October 18-20, 1991. By this time, CRCNA was pretty well established into a tradition of October conventions. Estes Park was the mountainous setting for “Entirely Ready,” CRCNA VI, which began on October 23 and ended on October 25, 1992.

1993 took us to Glenwood Springs, and this was the last smoking convention, according to those I consulted with to write this history of CRCNA. Smoking was allowed at conventions after this, but smoking meetings were confined to separate meeting rooms. “We Humbly Asked” was the motto for CRCNA VII, by the way, and it was from October 22-24. CRCNA VIII was entitled “We Became Willing,” and it marks your humble author’s first year coming ’round to NA meetings! It was in 1994 in Pueblo, Colorado–October 21-23.

“Courage and Faith” was the theme for CRCNA IX, in Lakewood from October 20-22, 1995. CRCNA X was in Colorado Springs: “Many Miracles: One Vision” from November 8-10, 1996. We convened in Breckenridge (those brave souls among us who made it through a rather thick snowstorm) from October 24-26, 1997 for CRCNA XI, appropriately named “Prayer and Meditation: On Higher Ground.” “On the Road to Recovery” brought us to Greeley, Colorado from October 23-25, 1998, and that was CRCNA XII. The thirteenth convention of NA was back in beautiful Estes Park and our motto was: “Our Message is Hope and The Promise is Freedom.” October 22-24, 1999 was the time period for CRCNA XIII.

“Simplicity is the Key to Serenity” was the motto for CRCNA XIV in Grand Junction, Colorado from October 20-22, 2000. That brings us to the 2001 convention, one of the biggest yet, which was in Colorado Springs from October 19-21, 2001. “One Promise, Many Gifts” was the motto, and so very true! Recovery does offer so many gifts!

Fourteen years and many happy memories later, CRCNA XVI returned to Boulder in 2002! Our motto was “We keep what we have by giving it away,” and we had a great time sharing our experience, strength, and hope with each other at the Millennium Harvest House Hotel. CRCNA XVII, “Never Alone, Never Again,” was hosted by the Foothills Area (now part of Mile Hi Area) in 2003. The weather was mild, and recovering addicts from almost every state and even other countries were in attendance, and a fantastic time was had by all at the Westin Hotel in Westminster, Colorado!!

CRCNA XVII, “Never Alone, Never Again,” was hosted by the Foothills Area (now part of Mile Hi Area) in 2003. The weather was mild, and recovering addicts from almost every state and even other countries were in attendance.  A fantastic time was had by all at the Westin Hotel in Westminster, Colorado!!

CRCNA XVIII convened in Vail, Colorado on Oct 8, 9, 10 in 2004 with the theme “Carrying the Message”.  Weather was beautiful; recovery was great, and the fellowship awesome!

Then, on October 21, 2005, CRCNA XIX descended on Pueblo, Colorado with the banner of “Catch the Dream” and brought over 600 addicts in from the Four Corners and beyond together to bring Saturday night’s collective clean time to a total of just over 3300 years!

Then, the day of October 6, 2006 and CRCNA XX arrived – with the theme of “A New Way To Live” in serene Steamboat Springs. Opened by a beautiful ‘silent’ performance, over 600 members with nearly 3400 years of total clean time gathered and recognized all 146 groups within the 8 areas of the Colorado Region.