Is NA for me? Only you can answer this question.
You may find it helpful to read the following Informational Pamphlets: “Am I an Addict?,” “Welcome to NA,” & “For the Newcomer.”
We suggest the following:
- Attend 90 meetings in 90 days and don’t use between meetings.
- Get a Basic Text. Read it.
- Get a sponsor. A sponsor is someone who is available to guide you through the Twelve Steps.
- Get a homegroup. A homegroup is a meeting where you are comfortable and one you will attend regularly.
- Get phone numbers from fellow recovering addicts. Call these numbers regularly, especially if you want to use.
- Get involved in service. We can only keep what we have by giving it away.
From “Am I an Addict?”: “We were searching for an answer when we reached out and found Narcotics Anonymous. We came to our first NA meeting in defeat and didn’t know what to expect. After sitting in a meeting, or several meetings, we began to feel that people cared and were willing to help. Although our minds told us that we would never make it, the people in the fellowship gave us hope by insisting that we could recover. […] Surrounded by fellow addicts, we realized that we were not alone anymore. Recovery is what happens in our meetings. Our lives are at stake. We found that by putting recovery first, the program works. We faced three disturbing realizations:
- We are powerless over addiction and our lives are unmanageable;
- Although we are not responsible for our disease, we are responsible for our recovery;
- We can no longer blame people, places, and things for our addiction. We must face our problems and our feelings.
The ultimate weapon for recovery is the recovering addict.” ~ Basic Text, Narcotics Anonymous