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.
Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.
In keeping with the spiritual nature of Narcotics Anonymous, our structure should always be one of service, never of government.
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.
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.
NA funds are to be used to further our primary purpose, and must be managed responsibly.
We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
Narcotics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence, the NA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
Any member of a service body can petition that body for the redress of a personal grievance, without fear of reprisal.
We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
NA, as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
All elements of our service structure have the responsibility to carefully consider all viewpoints in their decision-making processes.
We made a list of all people we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
Narcotics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service center may employ special workers.
Our service structure depends on the integrity and effectiveness of our communications.
We humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
Every NA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
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.
We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
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.
Group conscience is the spiritual means by which we invite a loving God to influence our decisions.
We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Each group has but one primary purpose – to carry the message to the addict who still suffers.
For each responsibility assigned to the service structure, a single point of decision and accountability should be clearly defined.
We made a searching and fearless inventory of ourselves.
Each group should be autonomous, except in matters affecting other groups or NA as a whole.
Effective leadership is highly valued in Narcotics Anonymous. Leadership qualities should be carefully considered when selecting trusted servants.
We made a decision to turn our will and lives over to the care of God, as we understood Him.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using.
The NA groups delegate to the service structure the authority necessary to fulfill the responsibilities assigned to it.