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Old 07-04-2019, 09:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently attended some NA meetings. They were in the same venue and had the same crowd as the AA group. A nice bunch of folks. Something struck me about one of the readings, which contained a reference to "taking no drugs of any kind".

The statement was not qualified to exclude medically prescribed. or to specify (say) mind altering drugs - it just said all drugs.

It seemed a very strong stance, and I thought that if you ever wanted to be driven out of AA, all you would have to do would be make a statement like that. The traditions don't defend you against the abuse that come from those wanting to defend their right to take medication.

The question is is that unusual in NA or is it an actual fact of the program?
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I'm not a member but I know NA has a pamphlette on medication the same as AA does:

https://www.na.org/admin/include/spa...Medication.pdf

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I'm sure NA is similar to AA, in that all it takes to consider yourself as welcome to be there as ANYONE else ... is the 'desire' to get FREE.

However, that desire can get eclipsed by ... opinions of others, personality conflicts, self-importance, self-righteousness, lack of being willing to submit to the program, lack of diving into the program ...

take the initiative and do web searches for Recovery Speakers (AA & NA), recovery resources, online workshops, etc. However, be assured the naysayers are out there too.

I easily dismiss the naysayers, because they did NOT get me FREE.

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I'm not a member but I know NA has a pamphlette on medication the same as AA does:

https://www.na.org/admin/include/spa...Medication.pdf

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Whoa, haven't been to an NA meeting in a while, thanks for the link, says pamphlet was made in 2007, actually never seen that one.

Here's another one OP ...
It's called In Times Of Illness, cannot post link, but if you go to google, and search, you may be able to find the full pamphlet. BUT, I know they are revising the pamphlet to meet current member's need, so maybe things have changed. i do AA currently, but spent a few years in NA in my beginnings.


Well worth the read, but, cliffs ...


Check honesty and motives when talking to your doctor.

Sometimes good to bring a understanding family member or close NA friend.

Clean time is personal, between me, my sponsor, and a Higher Power.

Very vital to tell you professionals you are in recovery

We can potentially react to medication like we did with drugs.

We really shouldn't get into exact details about medications or illness in actual meetings.




This one is also good on this topic in my experience:
https://na.org/admin/include/spaw2/u.../IP/EN3117.pdf
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https://na.org/admin/include/spaw2/u...%20Illness.pdf

https://www.na.org/?ID=ITOI-index

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Thank you everyone for your responses. Makes me glad I am a simple alcoholic. As an aside, my sponsor who only ever identified as alcoholic, refused all pain killers when he was dying from liver cancer. He felt very strongly about medication as applied to himself, but never pushed those views on me.

I agree the point made above that it all comes down to honesty with self, God, doctor and sponsor. The third tradition (in AA experience) is not enough on its own. There was a passage in the big book which states the most powerful desire was insufficient. Trad 3 gets you a seat at the table, but if you don't bring the requisite honesty, open mindedness and willingness, it may do little good.
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