Help for addicts

We had to have something different, and we thought we had found it in drugs.

Little white booklet, Narcotics Anonymous

Am I an addict?

All of us in Narcotics Anonymous (NA) have asked ourselves this crucial question. It is probably the most difficult decision we have ever had to make.

However, there is a pamphlet with a series of questions which may help: It is called Am I an addict?

What is the NA programme?

NA is a non-profit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. This is a programme of complete abstinence from all drugs. There is only one requirement for membership, the desire to stop using. We suggest that you keep an open mind and give yourself a break. Our programme is a set of principles written so simply that we can follow them in our daily lives. The most important thing about them is that they work.

There are no strings attached to NA. We are not affiliated with any other organizations, we have no initiation fees or dues, no pledges to sign, no promises to make to anyone. We are not connected with any political, religious, or law enforcement groups, and are under no surveillance at any time. Anyone may join us, regardless of age, race, sexual identity, creed, religion, or lack of religion.

We are not interested in what or how much you used or who your connections were, what you have done in the past, how much or how little you have, but only in what you want to do about your problem and how we can help. The newcomer is the most important person at any meeting, because we can only keep what we have by giving it away. We have learned from our group experience that those who keep coming to our meetings regularly stay clean.

So, what do I do next?

If you believe you may have a drug problem, we recommend you go to a meeting near you. There is no cost to attend and no booking required. If you need help finding a meeting or more information, give the helpline a call.

You will find everything you need to know at a group meeting. Relax, listen to people speak about their experience of recovery from addiction.