“Our primary purpose is to stay clean and to carry the message to the addict who still suffers.”
NA Basic Text, 6th Edition, page 10
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To Carry the Message to the Addict Who Still Suffers
Narcotics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who are learning to live without drugs. We meet regularly to help each other stay clean. We are not interested in what you have done in the past, only in what you want to do about your problem and how we can help.
Narcotics Anonymous meetings provide an atmosphere of recovery where individuals can share their common problem and solutions. In our recovery we have found that living clean is very difficult without support.
The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop using. You don’t have to be clean when you get here. You don’t have to wait for an overdose or a jail sentence to get help from NA. Addiction is not a hopeless condition from which there is no recovery. We do recover.
Does not operate hospitals or recovery houses for addicts.
Does not solicit, advertise, or persuade others to join.
Does not engage in or sponsor scientific research on addiction.
Does not keep membership records or case histories of its members.
Does not make medical or psychological diagnosis.
Does not provide marriage, family, or vocational counseling.
Does not provide monetary or social assistance.
Does not provide or participate in primary drug prevention education.
Does not accept money for its services and is not funded by any public or private agencies.
Does meet regularly.
Is a worldwide fellowship.
The program of Narcotics Anonymous is the way we have found to escape lives of desperation and pain. But that’s not all NA is: It’s a path, a process, and a way of life. Many of us come in with just the barest hope that we can get the pain to stop. In the beginning, our willingness is born of our suffering and fear. Living the program changes us in ways we might expect, and in ways we never imagined. NA gives us the ability to turn our desperation into a passion to live fully and grow spiritually. We experience relief almost from the beginning of our recovery, and our first experiences of joy are like seeing color for the first time. Our minds are open and our spirits are free. Even if we experience it only for fleeting moments, that joy carries us through our hardest days and nights.
(Living Clean P.1-2)
2016–2018 NAWS Workplan:Recovery Literature Project: input is being sought. Thedeadline for this is 30 April 2017.
Issue Discussion Topics: material for this cycle’s issue discussion topics is available online at www.na.org/idt.
Service Tools Project: web pages for service tools related to Events and a Local Service Toolboxwill be created soon.
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Narcotics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem – we are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean.
(Basic Text P 9)