THE TWELVE STEPS
You don’t have to be clean when you get here, but after your first meeting we suggest that you keep coming back and come clean. You don’t have to wait for an overdose or jail sentence to get help from NA, nor is addiction a hopeless condition from which there is no recovery.
It is possible to overcome the desire to use drugs with the help of the Twelve Steps Program of Narcotics Anonymous and the fellowship of recovering addicts.
Addiction is a disease that can happen to anyone. Some of us used drugs because we enjoyed them, while others used to suppress the feelings we already had. Still others suffered from physical or mental ailments and became addicted to the medication prescribed during our illnesses. Some of us joined the crowd using drugs a few times just to be cool and later found that we could not stop.
Many of us tried to overcome addiction and sometimes temporary relief was possible, but it was usually followed by an even deeper involvement than before.
Whatever the circumstances, it really doesn’t matter. Addiction is a progressive disease such as diabetes. We are allergic to drugs. Our ends are always the same: jails, institutions, or death.
If life has become unmanageable and you want to live without it being necessary to use drugs, we have found a way. There are twelve steps that help us overcome active addiction and gain manageability of our lives.
Recovery doesn’t stop with just being
As we abstain from all drugs (and yes, this means alcohol and marijuana
too) we come face to face with feelings that we have never coped with
successfully. We even experience feelings we were not capable of having in the
We must become willing to meet old and new feelings as they come.
1. We admitted that we were powerless over addiction,
that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves
could restore us to sanity.
3. We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to
the care of God as we understood Him.
4. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of
5. We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human
being the exact nature
of our wrongs.
6. We were entirely ready to have God remove all
defects of character.
7. We humbly asked Him to remove our
8. We made a list of all persons we had harmed, and
willing to make amends to them all.
9. We made direct amends to
such people wherever
possible, except when to do so would injure them or
10. We continued to take personal inventory and when we
were wrong promptly admitted it.
11. We sought through prayer and
meditation to improve
our conscious contact with God as we understood Him,
praying only for knowledge of His will for us and
the power to carry that
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these
tried to carry this message to addicts, and to
practice these principles in
all our affairs.
FOR THE NEWCOMER
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We learn to experience feelings and realize they can do us no harm unless we act on them. Rather than acting on them, we call an NA member if we have a feeling we cannot handle. By sharing, we learn to work through it. Chances are they’ve had a similar experience and can relate what worked for them. Remember, an addict alone is in bad company.
The Twelve Steps, new friends, and sponsors all help us deal with these feelings. In NA our joys are multiplied by sharing good days;
our sorrows are lessened by sharing the bad. For the first time in our lives we don’t have to experience anything alone. Now that we have a group, we are able to develop a relationship with a Higher Power that can always be with us.
We suggest that you look for a sponsor as soon as you become acquainted with the members in your area. Being asked to sponsor a new member is a privilege so don’t hesitate to ask someone. Sponsorship is a rewarding experience for both; we are all here to help and be helped. We who are recovering must share with you what we have learned in order to maintain our growth in the NA Program and our ability to function without drugs.
This program offers hope. All you have to bring with you is the desire to stop using and the willingness to try this new way of life.
Come to meetings, listen with an open mind, ask questions, get phone numbers and use them. Stay clean just for today.
ONE DAY AT A TIME
EASY DOES IT
KEEP COMING BACK
What Can I Do?
Begin your own program taking Step One . When by we fully concede to our innermost selves that we are powerless over our addiction, we have taken a big step in our recovery. Many of us have had some reservations at this point, so give yourself a break and be as thorough as possible from the start. Go on to Step Two, and so forth, and as you go on you will come to an understanding of the program for yourself. If you are in an institution of any kind and have stopped using for the present, you can with a clear mind try this way of life.
Upon release, continue your daily program and contact a member of N.A. Do this by mail, by phone, or in person. Better yet, come to our meetings. Here, you will find answers to some of the things that may be disturbing you now.
If you are not in an institution, the same holds true. Stop using for today. Most of us can do for eight or twelve hours what seems impossible for a longer period of time.
If the obsession or compulsion becomes too great, put yourself on a five minute basis of not using. Minutes will grow to hours, and hours to days, so you will break the habit and gain some peace of mind. The real miracle happens when you realize that the need for drugs has in some way been lifted from you.
You have stopped using and have started to live.