What is NA?
NA is a global organisation, which was founded in 1953. Today, NA members hold more than 58,000 meetings weekly in 131 countries.
What is the 12-step program?
The 12 step programme is a process by which addicts surrender to a higher power and deal with their addiction.
It may look and sound very difficult at first, but taking one step at a time, with the support of others who have faced the same challenges makes it easier.
These are the principles that made our recovery possible:
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.
Does it matter what drugs I take or have taken?
If I am still on drugs or on methadone or other drug substitutes can I attend NA?
It doesn’t matter what drugs you have taken or how much or if you’re still using. What is important is that you have the desire to stop using. The newcomer is the most important person at any meeting and so if you’re still using, you are still most welcome. However your drugs and paraphernalia are not.
Are meetings confidential? Will the police catch me or will I reported for being an addict?
NA has no affiliation to the police or any other law-enforcement body. Anything you share in a meeting will not be discussed outside the meeting.
What are the 12 Traditions of NA?
The 12 Traditions are guidelines which are primarily for the smooth running of NA groups.
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 nonprofessional, but our service centres may employ special workers.
9. NA, as such, ought never be organised, 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.
Will NA conflict with my religious beliefs and traditions?
The NA philosophy depends on surrendering to a Higher Power or God as you understand and believe. You will not be asked to believe that any religion is better than any other or accept any religion other than your own. Even if you don’t have a religion or don’t believe in God at all, NA can still work for you.
Can I bring a friend with me for a meeting?
NA meetings can be ‘closed’ meetings (meaning only for addicts) or ‘open’ meetings where observers and friends can attend. Please check with the contact person.
Who organises NA meetings?
NA meetings are organised by recovering addicts. There are no ‘counsellors’ or ‘therapists’ in NA, only former drug users who have found a way out of their addiction and want to share their experience, strength and hope with you.
Can NA help me stay clean for the rest of my life?
Studies show NA is an effective form of support and many members have stopped using drugs, indeed have lost the desire to use drugs and go on to live healthy, productive lives drug-free. It can work for you too.
If I am HIV positive, or have got any other disease as a result of my addiction will I have to say this in a meeting?
It is your choice what you want to share in a meeting, and how much you want to say about yourself and your life. We are not interested in how much or how little you have, who your connections are or what you have done in the past; only in what you want to do about your problem and how we can help.
Will I be forced to go to a rehab centre if I come for an NA meeting?
No. We do not promote or recommend any specific form of rehabilitation, however, if you want advice on this, you could ask the other members after the meeting and they may share their experiences with you.
Who pays for NA meetings?
All NA meetings are paid for by the group themselves. We are fully self-supporting and do not get funds from any outside party. This is to make sure we remain neutral and are not linked to any other body, society or person. Group members can contribute according to their means but no one is required to pay anything for attending meetings.
I’m homeless/jobless. Does NA provide any job placement or shelter services?
No, our one primary purpose is to carry the message of recovery to the still suffering addict.
Am I an addict?
Only you can honestly answer that question. It’s the hardest thing to admit, but it is essential for you to admit you are an addict before your recovery can begin. Please click the following link and refer to the questionnaire in the Information Pamphlet titled “Am I an Addict”