About the Secular NA Website and Secular NA
Secular NA is intended to support a secular, non-religious approach to NA recovery.
This is collaborative effort among non-religous secular Narcotics Anonymous groups and members who support a non-sectarian, approach to recovery and the 12-step program.
We, Secular NA members, seek to bring together information and resources for recovering addicts worldwide.
It’s not always easy for non-religious people to feel comfortable in NA meetings. One reading says:
“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 each find a way to surrender, but that does not mean we all come to believe in God. Many of our members have been clean for years as atheists. For some of us, coming to believe that NA can accommodate our atheism has itself been a leap of faith. We are welcome no matter what we believe.
“NA has no opinion on how our members define or practice spirituality. Our individual challenge is to find a definition of spirituality that makes sense to us. By listening carefully and with an open mind to a range of members’ opinions and experiences, we form our own understanding that we can use in our own recovery.”
Still, it’s not always comfortable for secular NA members at meetings. And, much of the literature is infused with an implicit god-like higher power. That’s why Secular NA groups are so important. We are living proof that secular NA, non-religious NA works:
“NA 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.”
The website (www.secularna.org) has no direct involvement or affiliation with Narcotics Anonymous World Services. We are members of Narcotics Anonymous who prefer a secular NA approach. We created this secularna.org website to provide information about secular NA meetings and groups.
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