The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using
Narcotics Anonymous is a non-profit fellowship of men and women for whom drugs have become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. It costs nothing to attend a Meeting.
There are no dues or fees; the only requirement for membership is the desire to stop using. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs, which includes alcohol. Our fellowship focuses on recovery from the disease of addiction.
What an individual’s drug(s) of choice were, is not important. Anyone may join us regardless of age, race, sexual identity, creed, religion or lack of religion.
WHY ARE WE HERE ?
Before coming to the Fellowship of NA, we could not manage our own lives. We could not live and enjoy life as other people do. We had to have something different and we thought we had found it in drugs.
We placed their use ahead of the welfare of our families, our wives, husbands, and our children. We had to have drugs at all costs. We did many people great harm, but most of all we harmed ourselves. Through our inability to accept personal responsibilities we were actually creating our own problems. We seemed to be incapable of facing life on its own terms.
Most of us realised that in our addiction we were slowly committing suicide, but addiction is such a cunning enemy of life that we had lost the power to do anything about it. Many of us ended up in jail, or sought help through medicine, religion, and psychiatry. None of these methods was sufficient for us. Our disease always resurfaced or continued to progress until in desperation, we sought help from each other in Narcotics Anonymous.
After coming to NA we realised we were sick people. We suffered from a disease from which there is no known cure. It can, however, be arrested at some point, and recovery is then possible.
WHO IS AN ADDICT ?
Most of us do not have to think twice about this question. We know!
Our whole life and thinking was centred in drugs in one form or another –
the getting and using and finding ways and means to get more.
We lived to use and used to live.
Very simply, an addict is a man or woman whose life is controlled by drugs.
We are people in the grip of a continuing and progressive illness whose ends
are always the same: jails, institutions and death.