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We keep what we have only with vigilance and just as freedom for the individual comes from the twelve, so freedom for the groups comes from our traditions. As long as the ties that binds us together are stronger than those that would tear us apart, all will be well.

1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends on NA unity.

2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority, a loving God as he may express himself in our group    
    ​conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants they do-not govern.

3. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using.

4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or NA as a whole.

5. Each group has but one primary purpose to carry the message to the addict that still suffers.

6. An NA group out never endorse, finance, or lend the NA name to any related facility or outside enterprise,  
    ​lest problems of money, property, or prestige divert us from our primary purpose.

7. Every NA group ought to be fully self supporting, declining outside contribution.

8. Narcotics Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special 

9. NA as such ought never be organize, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to  
    ​those they  serve.

10. Narcotics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the NA name ought never to be drawn into public   

11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal
      ​anonymity in the level of press, radio, and films.

12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before 
      ​personality .


The Twelve Concepts guide our services and help ensure that the message of Narcotics Anonymous is available to all addicts who have a desire to stop using and begin practicing our way of life.

1. To fulfill our fellowships primary purpose, the NA groups have joined together to create a structure which
    ​develops, Co-ordinates and maintains services on behalf of NA as a whole.

2. The final responsibility and authority for NA services rests with the groups.

3. The NA groups delegate to the service structure the authority necessary to the fulfill the responsibilities assigned
    ​to it.

4. Effective leadership is highly valued in Narcotics Anonymous. Leadership qualities should be carefully considered
    when selecting trusted servants.

5. For each responsibility assigned to the service structure, a single point of decision and accountability should be
    clearly defined.

6. Group conscience is the spiritual means by which we invite a loving God to influence our decisions.

7. All members of a service body bear substantial responsibility for that body's decisions and should be allowed to 
    ​fully participate in its decision making processes.

8. Our service structure depends on the integrity and effectiveness of our communications.

9. All elements of our service structure have the responsibility to carefully consider all viewpoints in their decision 
    ​making Processes.

10. Any member of a service body can petition that body for the redress of a personal grievance, without fear of 

11. NA funds are to be used to further our primary purpose, and must be managed responsibly

12. In keeping with the spiritual nature of Narcotics Anonymous, our structure should always be one of service,
     ​never of