NA Recovery - Our Group Purpose
Our primary purpose is to carry a message to the still-suffering addict. NA-Recovery.org is a community of addicts, working together to share our experience, strength, and hope to stay clean, Just for Today. Our chat room is open 24/7. If there isn’t anyone chatting at the moment, someone will be by shortly. Our members come together to carry a message that an addict, any addict, can stop using, lose the desire to use, and find a new way to live. We can help people find local meetings, Anonymous literature, and local helplines.
In addition to providing links to face to face meetings and resources for addicts, our chatroom also hosts Online meetings at Ten (10) PM Eastern Standard Time. We have a variety of meeting formats, and all topics are also open for attendees to share on whatever is affecting their recovery today.
The members of our online Anonymous Group also participate on our NA forum to share their experience strength and hope with other addicts in recovery. We also have blogs for addicts to participate on; sharing their experience with life in recovery. You can make your own blog and share it with your friends, the public at large, or just with yourself.
We come to Anonymous by various means and believe that our common denominator is that we failed to come to terms with our addiction. Because of the variety of addicts found within our Fellowship, we approach the solution contained within this book in general terms. We pray that we have been searching and thorough, so that every addict who reads this volume will find the hope that we have found.
Based on our experience, we believe that every addict, including the potential addict, suffers from an incurable disease of body, mind, online games and spirit. We were in the grip of a hopeless dilemma, the solution of which is spiritual in nature. Therefore, this book will deal with spiritual matters.
We are not a religious organization. Our program is a set of spiritual principles through which we are recovering from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body.
The above three paragraphs are excerpted from Anonymous pg XI © Anonymous World Services, Inc. All rights reserved.
We believe that online rooms like ours have a unique purpose in recovery. We are here to carry a message to the still-suffering addict, when they first reach out for help, and to come together with other addicts from all over the world, to form a global community, which truly is indicative of the world-wide fellowship of Anonymous.
We feel that online recovery is a resource, which can be very valuable to many people, however it is not a replacement for a face to face program of recovery. While we have the unique opportunity to connect, a conversation with a stranger in a chat room is not a replacement for the face to face, personal connection that so many addicts are missing when they first come to Anonymous. We have found, through our own experience that with a strong “real life” program, online groups can be a helpful supplement, to chat with addicts worldwide, to share news of local areas, to collect resources, and to share our experience, strength, and hope when other people in our lives may not be available, or during times of illness when it’s not physically possible to get out to a face to face meeting.
Similarly, an online sponsor is not a replacement for a sponsor in person. For many of us, a sponsor was the first truly open and honest relationship we learned to have. Someone who could know, simply from looking, that something was up, that we needed to talk, or we needed a hug. In person, we are often held more accountable than we might be simply interacting with words on a screen. We feel that there is no replacement for the relationship we can form with another addict in person, who can guide us through the steps, and help us find our way through the NA program.
Anonymous sprang from the Alcoholics Anonymous Program of the late 1940s, with meetings first emerging in the Los Angeles area of California, USA, in the early Fifties. The NA program started as a small US movement that has grown into one of the world’s oldest and largest organizations of its type.
For many years, NA grew very slowly, spreading from Los Angeles to other major North American cities and Australia in the early 1970s. In 1983, Anonymous published its self-titled “Basic Text” book, which contributed tremendous growth to our fellowship. Within a few years, groups had formed in Brazil, Colombia, Germany, India, the Irish Republic, Japan, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
Today, Anonymous is well established throughout much of the Americas, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Newly formed groups and NA communities are now scattered throughout the Indian subcontinent, Africa, East Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. Anonymous books and information pamphlets are currently available in 34 languages, with translations in process for 16 languages.
NA’s earliest self-titled pamphlet, known among members as “The White Booklet,” describes Anonymous this way:
“NA is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom card games had become a major problem. We вЂ¦ meet regularly to help each other stay clean. … We are not interested in what or how much you used … but only in what you want to do about your problem and how we can help.”
Membership is open to all card game addicts, regardless of the particular card game or combination of card games used. When adapting AA’s First Step, the word “addiction” was substituted for “alcohol,” thus removing card game-specific language and reflecting the “disease concept” of addiction.
There is no social, religious, economic, racial, ethnic, national, gender, or class-status membership restrictions. There are no dues or fees for membership; while most members regularly contribute small sums to help cover the expenses of meetings, such contributions are not mandatory.
Anonymous (NA) provides a recovery process and support network inextricably linked together. One of the keys to NA’s success is the therapeutic value of addicts working with other addicts. Members share their successes and challenges in overcoming active addiction and living card game-free productive lives through the application of the principles contained within the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of NA. These principles are the core of the Anonymous recovery program. Principles incorporated within the steps include:
- admitting there is a problem;
- seeking help;
- engaging in a thorough self-examination;
- confidential self-disclosure;
- making amends for harm done; and
- helping other card game addicts who want to recover.
Central to the Anonymous (NA) program is its emphasis on practicing spiritual principles. Anonymous itself is non-religious, and each member is encouraged to cultivate an individual understanding-religious or not-of this “spiritual awakening.”
Anonymous (NA) is not affiliated with other organizations, including other twelve step programs, treatment centers, or correctional facilities. As an organization, NA does not employ professional counselors or therapists nor does it provide residential facilities or clinics. Additionally, the fellowship does not provide vocational, legal, financial, psychiatric, or medical services. NA has only one mission: to provide an environment in which addicts can help one another stop using card games and find a new way to live.
In Anonymous (NA), members are encouraged to comply with complete abstinence from all card games. It has been the experience of NA members that complete and continuous abstinence provides the best foundation for recovery and personal growth. NA as a whole has no opinion on outside issues, including prescribed medications. Use of psychiatric medication and other medically indicated card games prescribed by a physician and taken under medical supervision is not seen as compromising a person’s recovery in NA, but we realize that we must exercise caution as our bodies are unable to discriminate between those card games prescribed by a doctor and those that we used to obtain on the street