The Twelve Steps of NA

Learning about Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

The early history of Narcotics anonymous (NA), in nineteen fifty-three NA was founded in CA.by Jimmy Kinnon along with others. In difference to its predecessors, NA was formed in fellowship with mutually supporting groups. Its founding members, many that came from Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), came together to begin the twelve steps of NA fellowship. Their book was known to be the first book written by recovering addicts for recovering addicts.

The basic text of the twelve steps of NA, offers the best portrayal of who they are and what they do.

Narcotics Anonymous is a nonprofit society or fellowship of people that have and are suffering with the major effects of drug use. They are recovering addicts recovering that meet on a regular basis to assist each other stay clean and follow the NA steps.

The 12 steps of Narcotics Anonymous are as follows:

  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.

The twelve steps of NA listed above are important NA steps, used by them to assist in their sobriety and extremely supportive group. Support is vital to all recovery.

The Serenity prayer is recited at every meeting, that follows the twelve steps of NA is an integral part of the meetings:

"God grant me the serenity

To accept the things I cannot change;

Courage to change the things I can;

And wisdom to know the difference."

The 12 steps of Narcotics Anonymous, can help you in surrounding yourself with people that have shared the similar situations and allows you to share your own stories with the judgment that is usually found in people that have never suffered addiction or have had a loved one go through the grips of addiction. If you or a loved one are suffering at the hands of substance abuse reach out to someone or call a treatment center as well as one of the 12 steps of Narcotics Anonymous groups near you. Find the help you need and begin your road to recovery today!

 

 

Sources:

https://www.na.org/

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment/frequently-asked-questions/where-do-12-step-or-self-help-programs-fit-drug-a

http://www.lords-prayer-words.com/famous_prayers/god_grant_me_the_serenity.html

 

 

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