Our literature forms part of the crucial core of how we carry the message of Narcotics Anonymous. For many of us, these booklets were our first brush with NA literature. They’re often freely available to everyone at in-person meetings, and NA World Services makes them freely available online in PDF format.
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Informational Pamphlets (IPs)
The Narcotics Informational Pamphlets, otherwise known as IPs, are short-form literature intended to be handed out at meeting places. They contain the wisdom of our program condensed into a series of brief brochures and made freely available to our fellowship.
IP #1: Who, What, How, and Why
Several of our foundational readings—Who Is An Addict?, What Is the Narcotics Anonymous Program?, How it Works, and Why Are We Here?—gathered together in an IP for the convenience of our membership. These readings form the introduction to many meetings, and paint a picture of the spiritual basis upon which the program of Narcotics Anonymous is built.
IP #2: The Group
A Narcotics Anonymous group is any meeting of two or more recovering addicts who meet regularly at a specific time and place for the purpose of recovery from the disease of addiction. All Narcotics Anonymous groups are bound by the principles of the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of NA. Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry the message of recovery to the addict who still suffers.
IP #5: Another Look
There are probably as many definitions of addiction as there are ways of thinking, based on both research and personal experience. It is not surprising that there are many areas of honest disagreement in the definitions that we hear. Some seem to fit the observed and known facts for some groups better than for others. If we can accept
IP #6: Recovery and Relapse
Many people [...] consider a relapse a sign of complete failure, and long periods of abstinence a sign of complete success. We [...] have found that this perception is too simplistic. After a member has had some involvement in our fellowship, a relapse may be the jarring experience that brings about a more rigorous application of the program.
IP #7: Am I an Addict?
This may not be an easy thing to do. All through our usage, we told ourselves, “I can handle it.” Even if this was true in the beginning, it is not so now. The drugs handled us. We lived to use and used to live. Very simply, an addict is a person whose life is controlled by drugs. This IP contains a list of simple, incisive questions regarding our personal relationship with mood-altering substances.
IP #8: Just for Today
When we came into the program of Narcotics Anonymous, we made a decision to turn our lives over to the care of a Higher Power. This surrender relieves the burden of the past and fear of the future. The gift of today is now in proper perspective. We accept and enjoy life as it is right now. When we refuse to accept the reality of today, we are denying our faith in our Higher Power. This can only bring more suffering.
IP #9: Living the Program
The purpose of this daily inventory is to keep track of who we are and what we are doing today. Try to answer every question, every day. Keep your answers as simple and as honest as you can. If you miss a day do not make it up later. Limit your answers and concerns to the past twenty-four hours and complete the questions at the end of the day. If you wish to share some of this journal, we suggest you do so verbally.
IP #11: Sponsorship, Revised
One of the first suggestions many of us hear when we begin attending NA meetings is to get a sponsor. As newcomers, we may not understand what this means. What is a sponsor? How do we get and use one? Where do we find one? This pamphlet is intended to serve as a brief introduction to sponsorship.
IP #12: The Triangle of Self-Obsession
We never seem to outgrow the selfcenteredness of the child. We never seem to find the self-sufficiency that others do. We continue to depend on the world around us and refuse to accept that we will not be given everything. We become self-obsessed; our wants and needs become demands. We reach a point where contentment and fulfillment are impossible. People, places, and things cannot possibly fill the emptiness inside of us, and we react to them with resentment, anger, and fear.
IP #13: By Young Addicts, For Young Addicts
This literature was developed by young members of Narcotics Anonymous who have stayed clean and found a new way of life. Young addicts around the world, speaking many different languages, are getting and staying clean in NA. We are writing this to share our experience in living the NA message that any addict, no matter how young, can stop using drugs, lose the desire to use, and find a new way to live.