“We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. This is a program 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 program 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. The newcomer is the most important person at any meeting, because we can only keep what we have by giving it away.”
My experience was that the only time that I was able to stop using was when I attended those darn meetings. After a few relapses and reading this chapter a few times—I must say I had passed over it with a minimum of concern—I finally became open-minded enough to want to know what it was that I was getting myself into. So, for the first time I began to read the Narcotics Anonymous text like it was talking about me. These few sentences helped me to get an idea of what NA was about and made me feel welcome. Being a newcomer at the time, I needed to feel important and I had to be told that this program worked. It took me a while to get the part about the principles, which today I personally find to be the most important part of my recovery.