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  • "I am one drug away from never being clean again for the rest of my life."
  • "Every time I draw a clean breath, I'm like a fish out of water."
  • "Drugs gave me the illusion that I might be alive."
  • "Put your keytag under your tongue and if it dissolves you can take another drug."
  • "If I could use socially I'd get high every night."
  • "Having a resentment is like using poison and expecting someone else to die."
  • "Self will imprisoned me far more than drugs ever did."
  • "My recovery depends on who God is, not who I am."
  • "Now that Im clean I hit my knees in a different way than I used to."
  • "Living our pre-NA active daily lifestyle was akin to switching seats on the Titanic."
  • "A recovering addict without a sponsor is much like leaving Dracula in charge of the blood bank."
  • "The secret to long term recovery: Dont use, dont die."
  • "When I moved in recovery, I went to the meetings and thought, Oh, you do things differently here...i.e., wrong. (Mike M.)"
  • "Our defects of character are the bars of a cage. The central point is not to study the bars, but to get out of the cage."
  • "The most natural state of an addict is irritable, restless, and discontented."
  • "NA is not for people who need it, its for people who want it."
  • "Dont use, read the basic text, and go to meetings"
  • "Untreated addiction without the steps on a daily basis will make my past my future."
  • "If youre not moving away from your addiction you're moving closer to it."
  • "Recovery is a journey ..........not a destination"
  • "It works -------it really does!"
  • "The road to recovery is a simple journey for confused people with a complicated disease"
  • "Remember that addiction is incurable, progressive, and fatal"
  • "Call your sponsor before, not after, you take the first drug"
  • "One addict talking to another...........one equals one"
  • "There are 12 steps in the ladder of complete recovery"
  • "We can be positive that our addiction was negative"
  • "Be as enthusiastic about NA as you were about your using"
  • "Addiction is the only disease that tells you you're all right"
  • "An NA meeting is where losers get together to talk about their winnings"
  • "NA is a school in which we are all learners and all teachers"
  • "NA may not solve all your problems but it is willing to share them"
  • "There are none too dumb for the NA program but many are too smart"
  • "We all have another run left in us, but we dont know if we have another recovery in us"
  • "The person with the most recovery at a meeting is the one who got up earliest that morning"
  • "When a person tries to control their addiction, they have already lost control"
  • "We in NA dont carry the addict; we carry the message"
  • "The 3 ts of gratitude to repay NA for our recovery: our time, our talent, our treasure"
  • "NA is the highest priced club in the world.........if u have paid the dues, why not enjoy the benefits?"
  • "NA never opened the gates of heaven to let me in, NA did open the gates of hell to let me out"
  • "Some people are so successful in NA that they turn out to be almost as good as they used to think they were when they were using"
  • "Danger sign: when your eyes have wandered from the addicts who still suffer and need help-----to the faults of those whom the program has already helped"
  • "First we stayed clean because we have to............"
  • "Then we stay clean because we are willing to.........."
  • "Finally we stay clean because we want to............."
  • "Active addicts dont have relationships; they take hostages"
  • "Every recovery from addiction began with one sober hour"
  • "Each and every addict----clean or not----teaches us some valuable lessons about ourselves and recovery"
  • "NA has a wrench to fit every nut that walks through a meeting room door"
  • "How does one become an old-timer ? Don't use and dont die!"
  • "NA spoils your buzz!"
  • "Even my worst day in recovery is better than my best day using"
  • "When all else fails.........the directions are in the Basic Text"
  • "All you need to start your own NA meeting is a resentment and a coffee pot!!"
  • "The NA way of life is meant to be bread for daily use, not cake for special occasions"
  • "The smartest thing an NA member can say is, help me"
  • "In NA we say a coincidence is a miracle in which god chooses to remain anonymous"
  • "It takes the good and bad NA meeting----the good and bad NA talk -----to make this fellowship work"
  • "NA NEVER works for people who believe they ARE god"
  • "Slippers in NA use the rdp---revolving door policy"
  • "Addicts heal from the outside in.........but feel from the inside out"
  • "Addict usings three stages: impulsive, compulsive, repulsive."
  • "We came to these rooms not because we drank a lot, but because we drank too much."
  • "Having a resentment is like using poison and expecting someone else to die."
  • "The MIRACLE happens when we get sober. The MAGIC happens when we apply the principles to all our affairs."
  • "Having a resentment is like using poison and expecting someone else to die."
  • "An addict without a sponsor is like leaving Dracula in charge of the blood bank."
  • "By using to someone elses health, you are ruining your own."
  • "If you like everyone in NA, youre not going to enough meetings!"
  • "People didnt recruit me for this program, drugs did; and i might add: a fine job it did."
  • "Most addicts would rather die than learn anything about themselves. In fact, they do."
  • "My admiration for the phenomenon of Narcotics Anonymous is boundless." ~Mercedes McCambridge
  • "The first thing in the human personality that dissolves in addiction is dignity." ~Author Unknown
  • "You can preserve many things in addiction... except your dignity."~Author Unknown
  • "The chief reason for using is the desire to behave in a certain way, and to be able to blame it on drugs."
  • "Even though a number of people have tried, no one has yet found a way to use for a living." ~Jean Kerr
  • "Drunkenness is temporary suicide. ~Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness"
  • "Addiction is nothing but voluntary madness."
  • "When I read about the evils of using, I gave up reading." ~Henny Youngman
  • "How come if drugs kill millions of brain cells, it never killed the ones that made me want to use?"
  • "Drugs don't console, they don't fill up anyones psychological gaps, all they replace is the lack of God."
  • "Alcoholism isnt a spectator sport. Eventually the whole family gets to play."~Joyce Rebeta-Burditt
  • "A few years back I was more a candidate for skid row bum than an Emmy. If I hadnt stopped using, Id be playing handball with John Belushi right now."~John Larroquette (adapted)
  • "There is this to be said in favor of using, that it takes the drunkard first out of society, then out of the world."~Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "I made a commitment to completely cut out using and anything that might hamper me from getting my mind and body together. And the floodgates of goodness have opened upon me, spiritually and financially."~Anonymous
  • "If using is interfering with your work, youre probably a heavy user. If work is interfering with your using, youre probably an addict."
  • "NA is not a program to get clean...its a program to live your life successfully and to be happy once you get clean."
  • "Id never trade my worst day clean for my best day high."
  • "Being an addict does not give me the excuse to act addictally."
  • "The shortest sentence in the Basic Text is, It Works."
  • "The chains of addiction are too light to be felt until they are too strong to be broken."
  • "I didnt get into trouble every time I used, but every time I got into trouble I was using."
  • "Whatever you put before your recovery; you shall surely lose."
  • "NA is not for people who need it. NA is not for people who want it. NA is for people who do it."






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