It is not necessary for you to have already stopped using
nicotine in order to come to these meetings. All you need
to bring is your desire to stop using nicotine. It is suggested
you come to at least six meetings before deciding if this
program can help you. First come to meetings, then come to
understand, then come to believe. Take what you need for now
and leave the rest for another time.
Most people come with a sense
of fear that they will not be able to live their lives without
nicotine. They have difficulty even imagining the possibility.
Often, it's been a long time since most of us have spent any
time without our "companion," so we accept these
feelings as a normal reaction. However, we've come to learn
that this perception can change after attending meetings for
There is no pressure or shame
from the group to get you to quit. We've all been there, we
understand. If you need time to come to believe it is possible
to live without nicotine or to set a quit date. . then take
your time. Listen and then share your story, read the literature,
use the phone, study the steps in the book, keep showing up!
. . . Recovery is a process that we practice each day. Keep
in mind that many have come before you with just as much fear
and doubt and now live free and clean.
Some of the "tools"
we use to help us get free of nicotine are meetings, the Twelve
Steps, and the phone list. For now, if you're still using
nicotine, it may be more important to just focus on showing
up at the next meeting. Try not to worry about when or if
you are going to stop smoking. It is our experience that those
who continue to regularly attend meetings will eventually
stop using nicotine.
The Twelve Steps are the
heart of our program of recovery. They suggest a spiritual
approach to gaining and then maintaining freedom from nicotine.
By spiritual we do not mean religious. Our reference to God
in the Steps is our way of involving a power greater than
ourselves in our recovery. Each person comes to his or her own understanding of a Higher Power without anyone else's
urging or influence.
Between meetings, the phone
list is possibly the most effective tool we can give you.
Use it when you want to smoke. We have found that none of
us can do this alone. We really want you to call us. If one
of us is not available, call someone else. It will make a
difference in not using nicotine!
One of the purposes of our
Twelve Traditions is to encourage a safe place for each individual
by stressing the importance of group unity. When each of us
can express our point of view without criticism or conversion
we create group unity. From the humility of this unity comes
strength for all to share in. Anonymity is essential because
it provides confidentiality and keeps the focus on the principles
of this program rather than on individual and sometimes conflicting
"God, grant me the
serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to
change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference."
As nicotine users trying to stop smoking or taking nicotine
by other methods, we cannot change the cravings for this powerful
drug. But, even if we can't change the craving, we can accept
it. This is a program of rigorous honesty. We cannot make
ourselves stop the craving, but we can live with it. So, we
pray for the courage to change the things we can. And the
thing we can change is our unwillingness to live, even for
a short time, with the craving for the next "fix,"
or cigarette. If you continue to use nicotine even though
you say this prayer, then say it again! Keep saying it as
you reflect on what it means to you, a nicotine user. Eventually
it will work, as it has for thousands of others.
The packet would be an envelope that would contain the following
to Nicotine Anonymous®" (above)
A copy of the pamphlets "Our Promises," "Nicotine
Anonymous: The Program and the Tools," "Introducing
Nicotine Anonymous®," "To the Newcomer and
Sponsorship," and "Tips for Gaining Freedom from
The group Phone List
The regional Intergroup meeting list or a list of local
*Printed pamphlets can be
obtained from the Nicotine Anonymous® literature order
form; they can also be viewed as Online Literature on our
Go to the Nicotine Anonymous® website's Publications
page to read our pamphlets, Our Promises, The Twelve Steps
of Nicotine Anonymous®, and the Twelve Traditions of
Nicotine Anonymous®. Check the Intergroup list to find
other groups in your area with whom you can share outreach
Please do not download pamphlets
as Nicotine Anonymous relies on the sales of our literature
to help carry the message to the addict who still suffers.
You may purchase copies of our literature by downloading a
literature order form.
Use the Meeting Add/Change/Delete
Form to register your meeting right away so that newcomers
can find you and to put you in touch with Nicotine Anonymous
World Services. Your meeting will be listed immediately in
the World Wide Meeting Directory. Also, use the listing of
meetings to get in touch with and get advice from people who
have experience forming groups.
click on the following links to find out more information
about your kit.