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title: Staying Clean : Living Without Drugs
author:

publisher: Hazelden Publishing
isbn10 | asin: 0894864475
print isbn13: 9780894864476
ebook isbn13: 9780585328805

language: English

subject
Narcotic addicts--Rehabilitation--United
States, Narcotics Anonymous.

publication date: 1987
lcc: HV5825.S685 1987eb
ddc: 362.2/9386

subject:
Narcotic addicts--Rehabilitation--United
States, Narcotics Anonymous.

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Staying Clean
Living Without Drugs

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In the evenings that follow, we can try again to use quiet darkness for
something better than sleep. This time use the wee hours of peace and
silence to meditate. Thank God for such rare moments of tranquility.

Solitude is a gift. Let us cherish it the few times it comes our way,
especially at night.

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Analyze Clichés
In addition to the slogans there are many clichés repeated over and
over again in Narcotics Anonymous. These bromides are no substitute
for working the Twelve Step program of recovery. However there are
truths to be learned from most of them, and falsehoods to beware of in
some of them.

Perhaps the most common of these is KISS, which stands for
. The first three words are good advice. The humorous

salutation of the fourth word is misleading. is used only in jest.
No one intends to imply that those of us who quite naturally
complicate most things in our lives, including our own recovery, are
stupid. We are human, not stupid.

Keeping it simple means sticking to the Twelve Steps. Do what they
say without interpreting them. The Steps are explicitly written and
mean word for word exactly what they say.

means do not complicate any Step to make it say what
we think it ought to mean. It means, do not revise a single Step.

Adhere precisely to the suggestions made in each Step, one through
twelve, to recover from drug addiction. It means, follow the simple
order of the Steps.

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Later when we have recovered through practicing all Twelve Steps we
will learn to pick which Steps to selectively apply to problems as they
arise. But the newcomer is advised to Keep It Simple.

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Our disease of addiction remains incurable even after we recover. All
we need to do to destroy our recovery is use drugs again. Only the
Twelve Steps will keep our addiction in remission. Once recovered,
we need never again suffer any symptom of it. All we need to do to
stay well is continue to go to N.A. meetings and practice the Twelve
Steps.

Only those who are still sick believe recovery means they can safely
use again. This is not so. Recovery means we no longer need drugs,
nor have any desire to use them. Our compulsion is lifted.

We will also recover if we dedicate our lives, just for today, to
working the Twelve Steps of Narcotics Anonymous. Learn how. Read
N.A. literature. Get a sponsor. Go to lots of meetings. Do not use
drugs in between meetings.

Be one of many thousands of happy addicts who have recovered
through Narcotics Anonymous.
The Beginning

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