Program

Narcotics Anonymous in Himachal Rehabilitation Home


What is the Narcotics Anonymous Program?

Narcotics Anonymous is a program of recovery from the disease of addiction. This program is
for any addict who wants to stop using drugs. In Narcotics Anonymous, we believe that we can
help each other to stay clean by using simple guidelines. The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions
of NA are our guidelines; they contain the principles on which we base our recovery.
Because we believe that addicts can best help other addicts, Narcotics Anonymous has no
professional counselors or therapists. Membership costs nothing. NA meetings—where addicts
share their experience, strength, and hope—are usually held on a regular basis. This is one of the
ways in which we support one another in recovery.

Our Philosophy

In order to maintain its focus, Narcotics Anonymous has established a tradition of nonendorsement. NA does not take positions on anything outside its specific sphere of activity. Narcotics Anonymous does not express opinions—either pro or con—on civil, social, medical (including medically assisted treatment), legal, or religious issues. Additionally, it does not take stands on addiction related issues such as criminality, law enforcement, drug legalization or penalties, prostitution, HIV/HCV infection, or syringe programs.

Narcotics Anonymous neither endorses nor opposes any other organization’s philosophy or methodology. NA’s primary focus is on providing a recovery environment wherein drug addicts can share their recovery experiences with one another. By remaining free from the distraction of controversy, NA participants can focus all of their energy on NA’s primary purpose, which is carrying a message of recovery.


RECOVERY

Recovery in Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous is for any addict who wants to recover from the disease of addiction. If
you are currently in treatment, you may have entered for some reason other than a desire to stop
using drugs. No matter what your initial motivation for entering treatment may have been, if you
want to stop using drugs and continue your recovery, Narcotics Anonymous may be for you.
Once we stopped using drugs, many of us started comparing ourselves to other addicts. We
focused on our differences rather than our similarities. Seeing only the differences made it easy to
think that maybe we didn’t belong in NA.

Denial is a prominent aspect of the disease of addiction. Denial keeps us from seeing the whole
truth about ourselves and our disease. Feeling that we are different from other addicts is a
manifestation of this denial. It helps to take an honest look at the unmanageability of our lives that
resulted from our drug use. We look especially at our relationships, our employment, our living
conditions, and our financial obligations. Instead of thinking about the good times we had using
drugs, we try to remember when we may have said, “What am I doing here? Why do I feel this way?
How long has it been since drugs worked the way I wanted them to?”

Eventually, we all face a basic question: “Do I want to stop using drugs?” Many of us could not
answer this question immediately. However, when we willingly and honestly looked at our past,
we found many reasons to stop using drugs. Your answer to this question can set the course for
your future recovery.
The disease of addiction is progressive. Our experience during active addiction proved that to us.
Continued drug use destroys us in body, mind, and spirit. We believe that, for addicts, continued
use of drugs leads to jails, institutions, or death. Breaking through denial gives us a clear picture of
the destruction in our lives. With this in mind, we can look for solutions to our problems.

“I had a difficult time surrendering that I was powerless over my addiction. With
surrender, I became responsible for my actions. I was one to blame outside things
for my problems. I learned that I needed to take responsibility if I wanted to stay
clean and recover. Because I had admitted I was powerless, I knew that I needed
the help NA members had to offer. I needed to be willing to do the things necessary
to recover.”

Early Recovery Experiences

Experiences vary in early recovery. Some members enjoyed this time. Others recall it as painful
and confusing, with unpredictable changes from one extreme to the other. No matter what
happens in our recovery or how we feel, we know that using drugs will not make anything better
for us.
While talking about ourselves and sharing our feelings, we find an identification with other
recovering addicts. It’s important for us to share our feelings and our experience.
Unless we tell others how we are feeling, no one will be able to help us. We invite the sharing of
experience when we ask questions of other NA members. The program of Narcotics Anonymous
helps us help ourselves in recovery.

“After the meeting, NA members shared their experiences with me. I made friends at
that meeting that I still have today. I’m learning a new way of living life without
using drugs. I’ve learned that I do have a disease called addiction and I am
powerless over my addiction. For this moment, I don’t have to use drugs. I’ve
learned that members of NA will be there for me to help me get through any
situation. I’ve learned that if I don’t use drugs, my life improves. Most importantly, I
learned through working the Twelve Steps of NA how to practice spiritual principles.
Today I know that we can recover together.”

Once we have stopped using drugs, we need to learn how to live life clean. We need to learn
how to recover in all areas of our lives. We can become comfortable with ourselves, without drugs,
by applying the Twelve Steps of Narcotics Anonymous in our recovery program. We can have
freedom from active addiction by consistently practicing what has worked for other recovering
addicts. By working the steps, we change and grow. Recovery from active addiction can continue
as long as we are willing to practice what we have learned.

“While in a treatment center, I had my introduction to the Narcotics Anonymous
program of recovery. I had to start at Step One by admitting my powerlessness. As
the drugs left my system, I saw how unmanageable my life had become. I found
that I could no longer blame others for my difficulties. Although I am still an infant in
the NA program, there have been remarkable changes in my thoughts, feelings,
attitudes, and behavior. I started helping others. I found, even just out of treatment,
that I could share my recovery with someone still in treatment. I learned to give it
away to keep it, to serve others. As I worked the steps, I started giving instead of
taking. I felt relief as my fears and resentments diminished. I began to share who I
really was with other addicts. This program saved my life.”

FREEDOM

Hundreds of thousands of addicts are staying clean in Narcotics Anonymous worldwide. You
can recover in NA, too. We want you to know that you are welcome in NA. We hope that you find
the freedom from active addiction that we have found. We do recover to live a life filled with
purpose, direction, and joy.

Tell yourself:


JUST FOR TODAY, my thoughts will be on my recovery, living and enjoying life without the use of
drugs.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will have faith in someone in NA who believes in me and wants to help me in
my recovery.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will have a program. I will try to follow it to the best of my ability.
JUST FOR TODAY, through NA, I will try to get a better perspective on my life.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will be unafraid. My thoughts will be on my new associations, people who are
not using and who have found a new way of life. So long as I follow that way, I have nothing
to fear.