Twelve Steps of Narcotics Anonymous
1. We admitted that we were powerless over our 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 ourselves.
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 these defects of character.
7. We humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8. We made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became 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 others.
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 out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Twelve Traditions of Narcotics Anonymous
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 who still suffers.
6. An NA group ought 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 contributions.
8. Narcotics Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
9. NA, as such, ought never be organized, 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 be drawn into public controversy.
11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films.
12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions reprinted for adaptation by permission of AA World Services, Inc
Twelve Concepts of Service in Narcotics Anonymous
1. To fulfill our fellowship’s primary purpose, the NA groups have joined together to create a structure which develops, coordinates, and maintains services on behalf of NA as a whole.
2. The final responsibility and authority for NA services rests with the NA groups.
3. The NA groups delegate to the service structure the authority necessary to 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 reprisal.
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 government.
One Last Thought about Recovery
The 1st Step is more accurately defined as an admission that we lost the ability to manage our lives and choice to use or not use drugs. It is further defined as an admission that addiction has become a Higher Power that we are "Powerless" over. It is the beginning of an awareness of sanity and the need for a solution by admission of the existence of a problem that we managed our lives in a state of insanity as we continued to use drugs which only made our lives more insane and regrettable.
The 2nd Step is the awareness of Hope in the possibility that a Higher Power, greater than ourselves can restore sanity to our lives by the help of other addicts in a group conscience as well as others working in our lives. We came to believe.
The 3rd Step is coming to a point where we have discovered the reality of our life being restored to sanity about our powerlessness over the disease of addiction and our inability to make rational decisions as a result of the insanity of our using drugs. After all, NA's "Allergy" concept, is that we have a Hyper-Sensitivity to drugs. We cannot choose to "Not Use Drugs". We simply use because it has become natural for us. Insanity is defined as: "The inability to make rational decisions." Only after we stop using and sanity has been restored to us, can we make a rational decision about a solution for our problem and decide on a solution for our future, to release our "Free Will to Choose" to a still Higher Power, a God of our limited understanding, and permit it (Him) to make our choices for us, in our best interest. At that point our lives become miracles. Those who proudly brag that they make their own choices to use or not use are responsible for their own recovery and are not miracles of God's choices or a God-given program called NA, confirming a failure to complete or comprehend the 3rd Step. They usually complain of repeated failures in understanding the 3rd Step. WOW, what an epiphany or is it merely a failure to grasp the obvious? Surrendering our right to choice and free will to a God of our understanding provides us the opportunity for our lives becoming a miracle and there is no miracle in recovery obtained from the limited perspective that comes from "Self Will Choices", but the Steps continue to help us restore Values and the Laws of Life's Terms to our Lives, but first we must abstain from "all" drugs to Recover. I love how some claim they are "clean" and use prescription pain meds.
Even my Doctor isn't that ignorant and pointed it out. Deviating from the prescribed directions in the slightest is relapse.
Luck has nothing to do with it. People who practice abuse & sickness live abuse & Spiritual sickness. Those who practice Recovery live Recovery.
It is unfortunate that the prejudices and resentments of NA Members who hate crediting God with their recovery and try to impose their rejection of NA's original perspectives on the rest of us NA Members who do believe, about God and of course the resentful misunderstandings of the religious or Christians who haven't a clue as to NA's literature or directives or true focus, result in perpetuating ignorance, a mistrust and rejection of the Recovery concepts NA offers.
Someday maybe they may open their eyes and see the Truth, but then again, maybe not.
I pray that God will reveal it to you and may you find Recovery and a Life of Joy once again.
Stop blaming the crap you made out of your life on God and everyone else! Take responsibility for being an ass hole and become that responsible member of society we ran away from, and Recover / Change for the better. You can do it. I've seen it.
Remember: We never have to use again or Live the Hell we were fooled to believe would never end!
Romans 11:32 "For God has shut up all in disobedience that He might show mercy to all. 33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the
wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! 34 For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD,
OR WHO BECAME HIS COUNSELOR? 35 Or WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM THAT IT MIGHT BE PAID BACK TO HIM AGAIN? 36 For from Him and through
Him and to Him are all things. To Him [be] the glory forever. Amen." (NASB) Paul of
Ephesians 4:29 “Let no unwholesome word proceed
from your mouth, but only such [a word] as is good for edification according to the need [of the moment,] that it may give grace to
those who hear.” (NASB) Paul of
Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” (NASB) King Solomon
Proverbs 21:30 "There is no wisdom and no understanding And no counsel against the LORD." (NASB) King Solomon
Proverbs 21:13 “He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be answered.” (NASB) King Solomon
Proverbs 1: 01 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: 02 To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding, 03 To receive instruction in wise behavior, Righteousness, justice and equity; 04 To give prudence to the naive, To the youth knowledge and discretion, 05 A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel, " (NASB) King Solomon
“The physical aspect of our disease is the compulsive use of drugs: the inability to stop using once we have started. The mental aspect of our disease is the obsession, or overpowering desire to use, even when we are destroying our lives. The spiritual part of our disease is our total self-centeredness. We felt that we could stop whenever we wanted to, despite all evidence to the contrary. Denial, substitution, rationalization, justification, distrust of others, guilt, embarrassment, dereliction, degradation, isolation, and loss of control are all results of our disease.” [Page 17, How It Works, Fifth Edition NA Basic Text © 1988 / Page 20, How It Works, Sixth Edition NA Basic Text © 2008]
Solution to Self-centeredness & Selfishness: Less Self (Me-I-My-Mine-First) more Others, Giving & Serving
“We are willing to admit without reservation that we are allergic to drugs. Common sense tells us that it would be insane to go back to the source of our allergy. Our experience indicates that medicine cannot cure our illness.”, “Although physical and mental tolerance play a role, many drugs require no extended period of use to trigger allergic reactions. Our reaction to drugs is what makes us addicts, not how much we use.” [Page 5, Who Is an Addict, Fifth Edition NA Basic Text © 1988 / Page 5, How It Works, Sixth Edition NA Basic Text © 2008]
“We know well the two things that make up true addiction: obsession and compulsion. Obsession — that fixed idea that takes us back time and time again to our particular drug, or some substitute, to recapture the ease and comfort we once knew.”, “Compulsion — once having started the process with one fix, one pill, or one drink we cannot stop through our own power of will. Because of our physical sensitivity to drugs, we are completely in the grip of a destructive power greater than ourselves.” [Page 70, Chapter Eight, We Do Recover, Fifth Edition NA Basic Text © 1988 / Page 87, Chapter Eight, We Do Recover, Sixth Edition NA Basic Text © 2008]
When we are not God-centered we are more self-centered. Likewise, “Gradually, as we become more God-centered than self-centered, our despair turns to hope.” [Page 76, Fifth Edition NA Basic Text © 1988 / Page 95, Sixth Edition NA Basic Text © 2008]
Contrary to ignorant misrepresentation & misunderstanding, NA is Not a religious program, Neither is it a Godless program as so many who practice religions of Agnosticism & Atheism, that reject Spirit & God, and impose their religious beliefs on the fellowship. NA is a simple spiritual program with only ONE Ultimate authority, God. "In Narcotics Anonymous, we rely on a loving God as He expresses Himself in our group conscience, rather than on personal opinion or ego."....“Narcotics Anonymous is a God-given program, and we can maintain our group in dignity only with group conscience and God’s love.” [Page 31, Tradition 2, First Edition NA Basic Text © 1982 / Page 59, Tradition 2, Second Edition NA Basic Text © 1982 / Page 59, Tradition 2, Third Edition Revised NA Basic Text © 1986 / Page 51, Tradition 2, Fifth Edition NA Basic Text © 1988 / Page 64, Tradition 2, Sixth Edition NA Basic Text © 2008]
“The Twelve Traditions of N.A. are not negotiable. They are the guidelines that keep our Fellowship alive and free.” [Page 29, Twelve Traditions, First Edition NA Basic Text © 1982 / Page 56, Twelve Traditions, Third Edition Revised NA Basic Text © 1986 / Page 49, Twelve Traditions, Fifth Edition NA Basic Text © 1988 / Page 64, Twelve Traditions, Sixth Edition NA Basic Text © 2008]
“For the first time in man’s entire history, a simple way has been proving itself in the
lives of many addicts. It is available to us all. This is a simple spiritual — not religious — program, known as Narcotics Anonymous.”[Page 70, Chapter Eight, We Do Recover, Fifth Edition NA Basic Text © 1988 / Page 87, Chapter Eight, We Do Recover, Sixth Edition
NA Basic Text © 2008]