12 Steps of Narcotics Anonymous
- Parent Category: Rehab
- Category: 12 Step
- Written by Derry Hallmark
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a twelve-step program of recovery from drug addiction, modeled on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). It describes itself as a nonprofit "fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem", as defined by the Narcotics Anonymous World Services, Inc., ed (1986)  (PDF). N.A. White Booklet. The 12 steps of Narcotics Anonymous are available for anyone with the desire to quit using drugs.
The 12 steps of Narcotics Anonymous vary from that of Alcoholics Anonymous in the fact that in the writing of The Twelve Steps of AA it says “alcohol” while NA addresses “addiction” in the printing of it. Below is the printed version of The 12 Steps of Narcotics Anonymous.
The Twelve Steps of Narcotics Anonymous
1. We admitted 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 12 Steps of Narcotics Anonymous are read at the beginning of every meeting. They are based on spiritual principles. It is up to the individual to find who or what their Higher Power will be. NA meets on a regular basis where individuals battling an addiction gather to carry the message of recovery by sharing their strength, hope and experiences with one another to lead a life free from drugs and any mind altering substances. Do your research and find out how the steps are going to work for you to achieve a full recovery from drug or alcohol addiction.