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First Step

We admitted we were powerless over our addiction, that our lives were unmanageable.

First Tradition

Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends on NA unity.

First Concept

To fulfill our fellowship’s primary purpose, the NA groups have joined together to create a structure which develops, coordinates, and maintains services on behalf of NA as a whole.

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Second Step

We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Second Tradition

For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority–a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.

Second Concept

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Third Step

We made a decision to turn our will and lives over to the care of God, as we understood Him.

Third Tradition

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using.

Third Concept

The NA groups delegate to the service structure the authority necessary to fulfill the
responsibilities assigned to it.

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Fourth Step

We made a searching and fearless inventory of ourselves.

Fourth Tradition

Each group should be autonomous, except in matters affecting other groups or NA as a whole.

Fourth Concept

Effective leadership is highly valued in Narcotics Anonymous. Leadership qualities should be carefully considered when selecting trusted servants.

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Fifth Step

We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

Fifth Tradition

Each group has but one primary purpose – to carry the message to the addict who still suffers.

Fifth Concept

For each responsibility assigned to the service structure, a single point of decision and accountability should be clearly defined.

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Sixth Step

We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

Sixth Tradition

An NA group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the NA name to related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property or prestige divert us from our primary purpose.

Sixth Concept

Group conscience is the spiritual means by which we invite a loving God to influence our decisions.

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Seventh Step

We humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

Seventh Tradition

Every NA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.

Seventh Concept

All members of a service body bear substantial responsibility for that body’s decisions and should be allowed to fully participate in its decision-making processes.

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Eighth Step

We made a list of all people we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.

Eighth Tradition

Narcotics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service center may employ special workers.

Eighth Concept

Our service structure depends on the integrity and effectiveness of our communications.

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Ninth Step

We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

Ninth Tradition

NA, as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.

Ninth Concept

All elements of our service structure have the responsibility to carefully consider all viewpoints in their decision-making processes.

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Tenth Step

We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

Tenth Tradition

Narcotics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence, the NA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.

Tenth Concept

Any member of a service body can petition that body for the redress of a personal grievance,without fear of reprisal.

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Eleventh Step

We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

Eleventh Tradition

Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion: we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films.

Eleventh Concept

NA funds are to be used to further our primary purpose, and must be managed responsibly.

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Twelfth Step

Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to addicts and to practice these principles in all of our affairs.

Twelfth Tradition

Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

Twelfth Concept

In keeping with the spiritual nature of Narcotics Anonymous, our structure should always be one of service, never of government.


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