Jan 26, 2016
~ ~ ~ We cannot change the nature of the addict or addiction. ~ ~ ~
~ ~ ~ We can help to change the old lie ~ ~ ~
~ ~ ~ Once an addict, always an addict,” ~ ~ ~
~ ~ ~ by striving to make recovery more available.~ ~ ~
~ ~ ~ God, help us to remember this difference. ~ ~ ~
Whether you are an addict looking for relief from your addiction; or the family or loved one of an addict,
never has it been easier to read the books associated with the 12 step program of Narcotics Anonymous.and|
On AA.ORG you can read the Big Book and the Twelve Step Book or listen to the audio version of the Big Book.
On the following site, you can read the NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS (Big Book) as well as the 12 Step Book of Narcotics Anonymous How It Works/ ; while using the companion 12 Step Study Guide.
Please, go to this site for free Narcotics Anonymous ebooks, http://www.hamascna.org/books-to-view-or-download.html
and help yourself to acclimate to the 12 Step Program. .
I have included here the Table of Contents for the books available on this site, and hopefully you will see something here that resonates, and brings you closer to the program of Narcotics Anonymous.
Working this program myself, was the sole reason i am clean and sober today. I was able to immerse myself in this program and fill the void that the lack of my constant substance abuse left. As time went on, and i replaced negative traits and habits with positive ones, I try to continue to use the principles of this program, in all my affairs. And it's working out pretty do, if do say so myself....
If you have found this journal, then you are suffering from the effects of substance abuse,
The folks associated with Narcotics Anonymous, or Alcoholics Anonymous, can be the primary contributor in your being sober, a reality. Read on friends and prepare for the upcoming NA OR AA meetings.
There is also a secular alternative to Alanon, called SMART RECOVERY that might help you cope and so i've include the homepage info below as well.
First free ebook Table of Contents, full version found at http://www.hamascna.org/books-to-view-or-download.html
Table of Contents
Our Symbol xv
Preface to the Sixth Edition xvii
Preface to the First Edition xxi
Our Program: Narcotics Anonymous
Chapter One: Who Is an Addict? page 3
Chapter Two: What Is the Narcotics Anonymous Program? page 9
Chapter Three: Why Are We Here? page 13
Chapter Four: How It Works page 17
Chapter Five: What Can I Do? page 54
Chapter Six: The Twelve Traditions of Narcotics Anonymous page 60
Chapter Seven: Recovery and Relapse page 77
Chapter Eight : We Do Recover page 87
Chapter Nine: Just for Today—Living the Program page 93
Chapter Ten: More Will Be Revealed page 101
OUR MEMBERS SHARE
Introduction to Our Members Share page 111
Beginnings Reflections page 117
The short passages that begin this section are excerpted from stories in previous editions of the Basic Text.
I Found the Only NA Meeting in the World page 121
When he was using he went from one “mother” to another—from his mother’s house to the military to marriage—until his wife tired of the insanity and found the only NA meeting in the world. In his story from our First Edition, this addict admits that it took him time but finally he learned to take action and be responsible for himself.
Mid-Pacific Serenity page 128
He lived in a place that many call paradise, but in his story from our First Edition, this beachcomber shares that for an addict, “skid row is in the mind.” Through NA, he has found a sense of peace and a new way of life.
If You Want What We Have 135
After a lifetime of using, this “southern gentleman” learned that the most gracious thing he could do was open the doors to an NA meeting. In this story from our First Edition, he recalls that the first time a man told him he loved him was in Narcotics Anonymous.
Fearful Mother page 142
In this story originally published in our Little White Book and added to the Basic Text at the Second Edition, a mother learns that she can come out of the paralyzing fear of addiction and turn her whole life around. She claims her seat as a woman in NA and hopes that one day more women will find recovery.
Jails, Institutions, and Recovery page 147
This addict found freedom behind bars through the Fellowship of Narcotics Anonymous. This is a story from our First Edition.
I Was Different page 151
Not all addicts reach jails or institutions in order to hit their bot-tom. In his story, originally published in the Little White Book and later included in our Second Edition, this “different” addict ex-plains that his disease kept him confined to a life of fear and loneliness. He found serenity in a simple life in Narcotics Anonymous.
Home Reflections page 157
These snapshots of our members’ experiences finding NA are meant to be similar to the sharing at a topic meeting.Start a Meeting,
They Will Come page 161
He checked himself into treatment to avoid prison, but while he was there he found hope in the pages of a Basic Text. There was no NA in his part of rural Illinois, so he started a meeting and he’s stayed clean through his own growing pains and those of the fellowship.
The Point page 165
This addict from the “wrong side” of Chicago’s south side lost his best friend and his marriage to the disease of addiction. Recovery hasn’t restored the things he’s lost, but it has helped him make amends.
Carrying the Message page 171
They used together and got clean together, but this addict got active in the program and his brother did not. This Saudi Arabian member found in the loss of his brother a powerful drive to carry the message.
Young Addict, Young NA Fellowship , Grow Up Together : page 176
She found NA when she was only fifteen. From her very first meeting, she knew NA was where she needed to be. Now, more than twenty years later, she’s gone from a hostile, wasted teenager to a grateful member of the program.
A Quiet Satisfaction page 179
At the end of his using even the other street boys and the dealers didn’t want him around, but NA felt like home from his very first meeting. Sometimes he is the only person in the room, but that only renews this Kenyan addict’s commitment to recovery.
The Only Requirement page 184
When he got to NA he was also in a drug-replacement program. He wanted what he saw in the rooms of Narcotics Anonymous, but was afraid of returning to his old life if he quit methadone. For ten months he went to meetings every day—and finally he got clean
Restored to Dignity page 187
She walked into NA—literally—and was treated with more love and respect than she ever had been. For this Mexican woman, a chance encounter on the beach opened the door to hope and freedom.
Second Chance page 192
A host of bad choices ultimately led to relapse for this addict with thirteen years clean. It was a hard road back to recovery, but NA loved her until she could love herself.
Sowing the Seed page 198
NA helped this Israeli addict rediscover his love of life. He had al-ways felt like an outsider before he got clean. Now he has a home group and understands fellowshipping to be a spiritual principle.
A simple act of kindness showed this Dutch addict that he be-longed in Narcotics Anonymous. He worked through his fears that a relationship with God would be barred to him because he is gay and learned to trust the power of love.
The Spirit of Service page 208
This addict from Iran was “the most important person in the room” for two years before he got clean. Now he devotes himself to NA—sponsorship, the steps, and service.
A Brazilian Full of It! page 214
As an entertainer she traveled the world, but found herself in the isolation of addiction wherever she went. This dancer found grace out of the spotlight, in the rooms of NA.
Another Chance to Live page 220
When he reached the point where he couldn’t live with or with-out drugs, this Australian addict attempted suicide. He survived through grace, and now he’s been clean more than sixteen years.
At the End of the Road page 224
She thought she was a traveler, but it was really a need to escape herself. This addict from Norway found her way home on a Mediterranean island.
Regardless of ...Reflections page 231
These members share briefly about finding recovery in NA “regardless of age, race, sexual identity, creed, religion, or lack of religion.”
Finally Connected page 235
After a lifetime of feeling different, this lesbian addict found the key to connection in a common needs workshop.
One Third Step for Me,One Giant Leap for My Recovery page 240
Addiction took him away from his Orthodox Jewish roots, but recovery helped him forge a new relationship with a God of his understanding.
Kia Ora Koutou page 245
NA’s message got through to this Maori addict. She got clean out of spite, but she stayed clean because of hope.
Growing Up in NA page 250
When she got clean at sixteen in Chicago, she had no way of knowing that more than twenty years later she would wind up in Italy, feeling how service connects us all.
A Serene Heart page 254
At nine years clean, he was diagnosed with depression and schizophrenia, diseases he continues to treat with medication and therapy. This addict learned that while mental illness is an outside issue in NA, dealing with it in his personal recovery is very much an inside issue for him.
From Gang Leader to Meeting Leader page 261
As an African American gang member, he didn’t think he had a future. But NA kept its promise, and now he has eight years clean and the life he always wanted.
Terminally Unique page 264
Because she is HIV-positive, this transsexual addict was nearly denied surgery. Waiting helped her build a stronger relationship with a Higher Power.
A Textbook Case page 270
This Iroquois descendant ended up in an institution for “hard cases.” When NA members brought a meeting in and shared, it was like seeing himself in the mirror for the first time.
Atheists Recover Too page 274 The process of recovery and the spiritual principles of NA are a power greater than himself for this atheist addict.
Never Alone page 278
She got clean with her husband of twenty years, and eight years later nursed him through terminal cancer while both of her parents were terminally ill. Now, at sixty-one, she shares that the program can help any of us, regardless of age or circumstance.
Regardless of Age page 283
The youngest person in the room, this addict still felt a connection right away and over time came to realize that recovery from addiction is a bond that transcends age.
Academic Addict page 286
As a PhD student in pharmacology, his knowledge of drugs almost killed him. Now he is a professor with more than twenty years clean and an understanding that recovery is not a science.
What Makes Me Happy Now page 292
When NA first started in Japan, even members didn’t believe a normal life could be possible for addicts, and especially women, in recovery. As the fellowship matured, this member and others like her came to realize “there is no model of the recovering addict.
”I Was Unique page 298
When he was new in the program, he learned that, despite his professional background and education, he belonged in NA. He had stayed clean since his story was published in our First Edition and revised it himself for this edition. Sadly, he did not live to see its publication.
Life on Life’s Terms Reflections page 305
Members take turns reflecting here on their experiences living life on life’s terms.
Life and Death in NA page 309
When this addict lost a brother and a son to the disease of addiction, his heart was crushed and his faith was challenged. Going to meetings and working the steps have helped him to survive so much loss.
Breath of Life page 315
Even in a remote corner of paradise, the disease can find us—and so can recovery. She kept coming back, and found freedom through fearless inventory work.
Just Say Yes page 320
This Indian addict believes “there are no bad days, only good days and learning days,” and he has learned a lot in recovery. Perhaps most importantly, he has learned how to love and to trust the process.
Inside Job page 327
When she had years clean, depression almost killed this recovering addict. But a renewed commitment to recovery brought relief and a deeper relationship with her Higher Power.
God Walked In page 330
Among the challenges this addict has faced in his thirty years clean are cancer and open-heart surgery. From it all, he has learned about surrender and love.
One Potato page 335
Writing her story from a hospice, this HIV-positive lesbian tells how she survived great adversity to find grace in some unlikely places.
Mosaic page 341
Neither the military nor prison nor hospitalization helped this Russian addict clean up until some members brought a meeting—and a Basic Text—to the hospital. Reading the book gave him the willingness to try the NA way. Now he’s been clean and working the steps for five years.
Family Disease, Family Recovery page 348
As a parent, sometimes recovery means accepting your children’s disease as well. This woman helped her sons find their way home.
Enough page 352
This Canadian addict had years clean before he was willing to face his addictive behavior in recovery. He now knows he doesn’t have to talk clean and live dirty anymore.
It Is Worth It page 356
He enlisted in the navy to avoid a second jail term, but kept using until he finally hit a bottom. He got clean when NA was new in Colombia, and twenty years later, he and the fellowship have grown up together.
Becoming Whole page 361
Addiction is not the only disease this member has had to deal with. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, she has journeyed in recovery from suicidal patient to mental health counselor.
The Good We Do page 365
A string of “coincidences” led this addict to find a sponsor and to see that our acts of service can have far-reaching effects.
Sacred Places Inside page 368
She was one of the first women in Iran NA when she got clean. Five years later, the fellowship had grown, but she had drifted away from the program. When her husband died, she relapsed. Now, clean again, she has true peace and self-respect.
I’m So Grateful that God Still Hears an Addict’s Prayer page 373
Recovery has allowed this inner-city addict to get an education and a rewarding career. Through giving back, he found that his relationship with his community and his God are the keys to real success.
Speaking Up page 378
This member from Ireland grew up quiet and withdrawn, but re-covery helped him overcome his fear of speaking in public to find his voice and himself.
NA Is a Road Map page 384
This Portuguese addict was planning to abandon his young daughter and go buy drugs when a group of NA members invited him to a meeting. Now his daughter is grown and sees what NA has taught him about intimacy, respect, and love.
The Gratitude Side of Circumstance page 391
His recovery journey brought him from a job as a pharmacist to one working alongside recovering addicts and has given him the tools to deal with life’s challenges—illness, grief, and intimacy\
Index page 397
2nd free ebook Table of Contents, full version found at http://www.hamascna.org/books-to-view-or-download.html
Please note companion book < the Study Guide for the 12 Steps of Narcotics Anonymous also found on the above site.
IT WORKS: HOW AND WHY
The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Narcotics Anonymous
Table of Contents
Book One: The Twelve Steps
Step One page 3
“We admitted that we were powerless over our addiction,that our lives had become unmanageable.”
Step Two page 12
“We came to believe that a Power greaterthan ourselves could restore us to sanity.”
Step Three page 19
“We made a decision to turn our will and our livesover to the care of God as we understood Him.”
Step Four page 26
"We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.”
Step Five page 35
“We admitted to God, to ourselves,and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.”
Step Six page 42
“We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.”
Step Seven page 49
“We humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.”
Step Eight page 54
“We made a list of all persons we had harmed andbecame willing to make amends to them all.“
Step Nine page 60
“We made direct amends to such people wherever possible,except when to do so would injure them or others.”
Step Ten page 69
“We continued to take personal inventoryand when we were wrong promptly admitted it.”
Step Eleven page 76
“We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will forus and the power to carry that out.”
Step Twelve page 82
“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.”
Book Two: The Twelve Traditions
Tradition One page 91
“Our common welfare should come first;personal recovery depends on NA unity.”
Tradition Two page 98
“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"
Tradition Three page 106
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using.”
Tradition Four page 111
"Each group should be autonomous, except in matters affecting other groups or NA as a whole.”
Tradition Five page 117
“Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry the message to the addict who still suffers"
Tradition Six page 122
"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.”
Tradition Seven page 128
“Every NA group ought to be fully self-supporting,declining outside contributions.”
Tradition Eight page 136
"Narcotics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional,but our service centers may employ special workers."
Tradition Nine page 139
"NA, as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards orcommittees directly responsible to those they serve"
Tradition Ten page 144
“Narcotics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues;hence, the NA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.”
Tradition Eleven page 149
"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."
Tradition Twelve page 153
"Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions,ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.”
Index page 159
Please note Companion Book, Study Guide to 12 Steps Workbook , also found at
Help for Family & Friends
Help yourself, and help your loved one, with an alternative to Al-Anon and Johnson Intervention.
An alternative to Al-Anon and interventionAre you struggling with how to help someone with drug addiction, alcohol abuse, or other addictive behaviors? SMART Recovery would like to provide you with the resources you can use to help yourself, as well your loved one.
SMART Recovery Family & Friends helps those who are affected by the substance abuse, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, or other addictions of a loved one.
SMART Recovery Family & Friends is a science-based, secular alternative to Al-Anon and Johnson Intervention. Our method is based on the tools of SMART Recovery and CRAFT (Community Reinforcement Approach & Family Training) developed by Dr. Robert Meyers and featured on the popular HBO Addiction series.
The SMART Recovery Family & Friends Handbook and Family & Friends Facilitator Manual are now available in the SMART Recovery Bookstore!
Help for family and friends of people with addiction and alcoholism Family & Friends Online Support Meetings
SMART Recovery Online Volunteer Facilitators provide Concerned Significant Others (CSO) meetings to address specific issues encountered when a friend or family member tries to reach out and help a loved one affected by addiction.
Family & Friends handout
The meetings share SMART Recovery tools that can be implemented by CSOs to help with emotional upsets, effective communication methods when dealing with loved ones, and more. Techniques employed within the CRAFT Program (Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training) are shared for the benefit of meeting attendees.
To participate in the Family & Friends meetings, registration is required at the SMART Recovery Online website: www.smartrecovery.org/community.
Online Family & Friends Meetings are Monday at 9:00 PM ET, and Thursday at 2:30 PM ET.
A Family & Friends (Concerned Significant Others) Message Board Forum for additional support is also available.
Community Reinforcement and Family Training
Community Reinforcement and Family Training Local Family & Friends Meetings
In an effort to meet the interest and demand for locally-available SMART Recovery Family & Friends meetings, there is a growing number of areas where local (face-to-face) SMART Recovery Family & Friends meetings are now offered in the US and Canada.
You can find more Family & Friends resources below this meeting list!