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Narcotics Anonymous can help you find the freedom to live your life without the use of drugs.

We are a non-profit, international, community based organization for recovering addicts. NA members learn from one another how to live drug free and recover from the effects of addiction in their lives.



If you think you may have a problem with drugs of any kind, please call an NA helpline or come to one of our meetings! This simple act can be the start of a new life free from the constant pain of addiction.

 

AM I AN ADDICT?

All of us in the fellowship of Narcotics Anonymous have asked ourselves this crucial question. It is perhaps the most difficult decision we have ever had to make. Maybe we could admit that we had addictive tendencies when it came to food, work and play etc, but never drugs! Denial played a great part in preventing us from answering honestly. There is however, a leaflet with a series of questions which can help:
It is called 'Am I an addict?' and is reproduced online by the World Service Office.
Click here to open it in a new window.

There are other leaflets also available on this site and online: 

SUGGESTIONS TO NEWCOMERS

If you're new to NA, welcome!  We're glad you've found us and we're here to help.  Here are just a few suggestions as you start on the road to recovery.
  1. Go to a lot of meetings and don't use in between.  You just have to avoid the first usage.

  2. This is a 24 hour program.  if you will take it one day at a time, it will be easier to stay clean. Even long-time members think of living just one day at a time, because living is just made up of a long series of todays.

  3. NA Speaks for iteslf.  Each speaker speaks for himself or herself only, not for NA as a whole.

  4. Anonymity - remember this is an anonymous program.  The names and what is said in NA meetings stays in the meeting.

  5. Get a sponsor as soon as possible.  Your sponsor is your NA advisor and friend. Temporary sponsors are available - ask about it after a meeting.

  6. HALT - H.A.L.T stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely and Tired. Avoid these conditions, especially any two of them combined. They can trigger the desire to use, when that isn't at all what you want.

  7. HOW - H.O.W. stands for Honesty, Open-mindedness and Willingness.  You'll hear lots about these at NA meetings. It's good to concentrate on open-mindedness in the beginning, while you're listening and learning about NA. Try not to make any judgments for awhile.

  8. Change your routine. Avoid places and people you used with. Set up a daily schedule for yourself.

  9. Use the phone. Use phone numbers you get from NA members. Part of the recovery process is reaching out to others.  We all need each other.

  10. Easy Does it! Remember, you don't have to accomplish it all today.  Most of us used for a long time and we can't expect to recover overnight. Keep your life simple and use your support systems. This will build a strong foundation for your recovery.

 

 
 

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