What Is N.A?

"Good" and "bad" feelings
"A lot happens in one day, both negative and positive. If we do not take time to appreciate both, perhaps we will miss something that will help us grow."
IP No. 8, Just for Today

Most of us seem to unconsciously judge what happens in our lives each day as good or bad, success or failure. We tend to feel happy about the "good" and angry, frustrated, or guilty about the "bad". Good and bad feelings, though, often have little to do which is truly good or bad for us. We may learn more from our failures than our successes, especially if failure has come from taking a risk.

Attaching value judgments to our emotional reactions ties us to our old ways of thinking. We can change the way we think about the incidents of everyday life, viewing them as opportunities for growth, not as good or bad. We can search for lessons rather than assigning value. When we do this, we learn something from each day. Our daily Tenth Step is an excellent tool for evaluating the day's events and learning from both success and failure.

Just for today: I am offered an opportunity to apply the principles of recovery so that I shall learn and grow. When I learn from life's events, I succeed.


The other day, someone asked me and I quote; what the hell is that you always mentioned in your posts? unquote.

Before I answer your question, let me take this opportunity to thanks and congratulate you for your interest in If you wanna more about you can always refer to My Sacred Links. Mind you, there are many, many more Recovery Bloggers out there. Those listed on My Sacred Links are those who linked with me after I sent them emails asking them to and they willingly wanted to link with me.

If possible I would like to link with them all if I can find the time to write to them. And as always will happen when writing asking for reciprocal links, not all of them will answer you back. Some will even give you a reason or two or three not to link back with you, but please don't be despaired. There are many more you can write to. Please refer to the above, Just For Today, we can change the way we think about the incidents of everyday life, viewing them as opportunities for growth, not as good or bad.

Taken from Fellowship's literature, the book that Meg Moran sent me all the way from Lawndale, CA, USA. You can view the picture of it here, NA in My MailBox.


is a nonprofit Fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. 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.

There are no strings attached to We are not affiliated with any other organizations, we have no initiation fees or dues, no pledges to sign, no promises to make to anyone. We are not connected with any political, religious or law enforcement groups, and are under no surveillance at any time. Anyone may join us, regardless of age, race, sexual identity, creed, religion or lack of religion.

We are not interested in what or how much you used or who your connections were, what you have done in the past, how much or how little you have, but only in what you want to do about your problem and how we can help. The newcomer is the most important person at any meeting, because we can only keep what we have by giving it away. We have learned from our group experience that those who keep coming to our meetings regularly stay clean.

is a Fellowship of men and women who are learning to live without drugs. We are a nonprofit society and we have no dues or fees of any kind. Each of us has paid the price of membership. We have paid for the right to recover with our pain.

Surviving against all odds, we are addicts who meet regularly. We respond to honest sharing and listen to the stories of our members for the message of recovery. We realize that there is hope for us at last.

We make use of the tools that have worked for other recovering addicts who have learned in to live without drugs. The are positive tools that make our recovery possible. Our primary purpose is to stay clean and to carry the message to the addict who still suffers. We are united by our common problem of addiction. By meeting, talking, and helping other addicts, we are able to stay clean. The newcomer is the most important person at any meeting, because we can only keep what we have by giving it away.

has many years of experience with literally hundreds of thousands of addicts. This firsthand experience in all phases of illness and recovery is of unparalleled, therapeutic value. We are here to share freely with any addict who wants to recover.

Our message of recovery is based on our experience. Before coming to the Fellowship, we exhausted ourselves by trying to use successfully, and wondering what was wrong with us. After coming to we found ourselves among a very special group of people who have suffered like us and found recovery. In their experiences, freely shared, we found hope for ourselves. If the program worked for them, it would work for us.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using. We have seen the program work for any addict who honestly and sincerely wants to stop. We don't have to be clean when we get here, but after the first meeting, we suggest that newcomers keep coming back and come back clean. We don't have to wait for an overdose or a jail sentence, to get help from Addiction is not a hopeless condition from which there is no recovery.

We meet addicts like ourselves who are clean. We watch, listen and realize that they have found a way to live and enjoy life without drugs. We don't have to settle for the limitations of the past. We can examine and re-examine our old ideas. We can constantly improve our old ideas or replace them with new ones. We are men and women who have discovered and admitted that we are powerless over our addiction. When we use, we lose.

When we discovered that we could not live with or without drugs, we sought help through rather than prolong our suffering. The program works a miracle in our lives. We become different people. Working the and maintaining abstinence give us a daily reprieve from our self-imposed life sentences. We become free to live.

We want our place of recovery to be a safe place, free from outside influences. For the protection of the Fellowship, we insist that no drugs or paraphernalia be brought to any meeting.

We feel totally free to express ourselves within the Fellowship, because law enforcement agencies are not involved. Our meetings have an atmosphere of empathy. In accordance with the principles of recovery, we try not to judge, stereotype or moralize with each other. We are not recruited and membership does not cost anything. does not provide counseling or social services.

Our meetings are a process of identification, hope and sharing. The heart of beats when two addicts share their recovery. What we do becomes real for us when we share it. This happens when two or more addicts gather to help each other stay clean.

At the beginning of the meeting, we read literature that is available to anyone. Some meetings have speakers, topic discussions or both. Closed meetings are for addicts or those who think they might have a drug problem. Open meetings welcome anyone wishing to experience our fellowship. The atmosphere of recovery is protected by our We are fully self-supporting through voluntary contributions from our members. Regardless of where the meeting takes place, we remain unaffiliated. Meetings provide a place to be with fellow addicts. All we need are two addicts, caring and sharing, to make a meeting.

We let new ideas flow into us. We ask questions. We share what we have learned about living without drugs. Though the principles of the may seem strange to us at first, the most important thing about them is that they work. We learn the value of spiritual principles such as surrender, humility and service from reading the literature, going to meeting and working the We find that our lives steadily improve, if we maintain abstinence from mind-altering, mood-changing chemicals and work the to sustain our recovery. Living this program gives us a relationship with a Power greater than ourselves, corrects defects and leads us to help others. Where there has been wrong, the program teaches us the spirit of forgiveness.

Many books have been written about the nature of addiction. This post concerns itself with the nature of recovery. If you are an addict and found this post, please give yourself a break and read it.

For more information, read my past posts about and here at Twelve Steps Program Explained, Twelve Steps Programs, and What are Twelve Steps.

That's all folks. Have a nice weekend.

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19 Comments thus far...

Meg Moran said...

"The heart of N.A beats when two addicts share their recovery. What we do becomes real for us when we share it. " Wow!!! you are awespme my friend for keeping this message alive.


Thank you for helping to keep me sober.

Gwen said...

Nice work Noor~

Shadow said...

... and you'll never appreciate the good if you don't have the bad, isn't it?!?!?! thanks for the reminder!

lushgurl said...

Yes, I know for me I can always look for the message of my mistakes as well as through the joys of my successes. Isn't it great that the program(s) work for all of us, no matter where we live?
Love and HUGS Noor Azman

thejunkyswife said...

Really interesting and well-said. I go to Nar-Anon meetings, and it's so true, the quote that meg moran cited...I've been amazed at how much healing can come from regular folks who are dealing with the same issues getting together and talking about what's going on. It's kind of a miracle!

Shadow said...

THANK YOU for your comment on my blog. i was beginning to think there's something wrong with me that i'm 'scared' to be alone....

Becoming a family issue said...

Good explanation!
I have bookmarked your blog as it is sorely needed in the world. May you continue on the road to recovery and maintain your strength and faith.

Shadow said...

hey! i'll try to make a banner for you with pleasure. what photo do you want?

recoveryroad said...

Hi Noor

I really liked the Good and Bad Feelings post. Thank you. It's so true isn't it?

Have a great day!

lisa said...

I wanted to personally thank you for your comment on my brother's blog about my son. These last few weeks have been very tough but with my family, friends, God and wonderful people like you praying for him he is on the road to recovery. I saw him today and he looked good. It is so cool that people from all around the globe can use the internet and interact with others. I am lucky to have Scott as my brother. He has taught me a lot through the years and it is so good to see him where he is now.

Thank you again,


Michael said...

Hi Noor,
Just got back to work today, feeling a bit lethargic. Had a real washout of a holiday with loads of rain which when you are camping makes it quite a experience.
I have also been loosing my temper a lot just lately and some people I just cant be bothered with, you see while we were off we had our garrage robbed of two fieldbikes that Luke and REd Riding Hood use.
I have felt intense anger at the culprits who I now know who they are, why are there so many people who think they have the right to do nothing with their lives and go round annoying others.
I read your latest blog entry so I can relate to a lot of negative feelings at the moment, still its AA tonight and I can pray.

Anonymous said...

Hey, I know I left a comment on this post a long time ago but now I don't see it. What's up wit dat?
I also thought you had a newer post than this. Am I confused or what?
Love to you my brother,

Michael said...

Where you gone Noor, I aint heard from u since my hols!

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