NAEgypt is not related to any addiction treatment organization or any other organization.
If you want what we have to offer, and are willing to make the effort to get it, then you are ready to take certain steps. These are the principles that made our recovery possible:
This sounds like a big order, and we can’t do it all at once. We didn’t become addicted in one day, so remember—easy
There is one thing more than anything else that will defeat us in our recovery; this is an attitude of indifference or intolerance toward spiritual principles. Three of these that are indispensable are honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness.
With these we are well on our way.
We feel that our approach to the disease of addiction is completely realistic, for the therapeutic value of one addict helping another is without parallel. We feel that our way is practical, for one addict can best understand and help another addict. We believe that the sooner we face our problems within our society, in everyday living, just that much faster do we become acceptable, responsible, and productive members of that society.
The only way to keep from returning to active addiction is not to take that first drug. If you are like us you know that one is too many and a thousand never enough. We put great emphasis on this, for we know that when we use drugs in any form, or substitute one for another, we release our addiction all over again.
Thinking of alcohol as different from other drugs has caused a great many addicts to relapse. Before we came to NA, many of us viewed alcohol separately, but we cannot afford to be confused about this. Alcohol is a drug. We are people with the disease of addiction who must abstain from all drugs in order to recover.
We keep what we have only with vigilance, and just asfreedom for the individual comes from the Twelve Steps, sofreedom for the group springs from our Traditions.As long as the ties that bind us together are stronger thanthose that would tear us apart, all will be well.
Understanding these Traditions comes slowly over a periodof time. We pick up information as we talk to members and visitvarious groups. It usually isn’t until we get involved with servicethat someone points out that “personal recovery depends onNA unity,” and that unity depends on how well we follow ourTraditions. The Twelve Traditions of NA are not negotiable.They are the guidelines that keep our Fellowship alive and free.By following these guidelines in our dealings with others,and society at large, we avoid many problems. That is not tosay that our Traditions eliminate all problems. We still have toface difficulties as they arise: communication problems,differences of opinion, internal controversies, and troubleswith individuals and groups outside the Fellowship. However,when we apply these principles, we avoid some of the pitfalls.Many of our problems are like those that our predecessorshad to face. Their hard won experience gave birth to theTraditions, and our own experience has shown that theseprinciples are just as valid today as they were when theseTraditions were formulated. Our Traditions protect us from theinternal and external forces that could destroy us. They aretruly the ties that bind us together. It is only throughunderstanding and application that they work.