It Works, How and Why: The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Narcotics Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous NA describes itself as a "nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem". As of May [update] there were more than 70, NA meetings in countries. The third tradition of NA states that the only requirement for membership is "a desire to stop using. All facts and quotes presented in "The Narcotics Anonymous program" section, unless otherwise sourced, come from the Narcotics Anonymous Basic Text. According to the Basic Text, Narcotics Anonymous "has no opinion on outside issues", including those of politics , science or medicine , and does not endorse any outside organization or institution. The fellowship does not promote itself, but rather attracts new members through public information and outreach. Individuals can also be compelled to attend by courts or rehab programs.
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As addicts, we have each experienced the pain, loneliness, and despair of addiction. Before coming to NA, most of us tried everything we could think of to control our use of drugs. We tried switching drugs, thinking that we only had a problem with one particular drug. We tried limiting our drug use to certain times or places. We may even have vowed to stop using altogether at a certain point. We may have told ourselves we would never do the things we watched other addicts do, then found ourselves doing those very things.