Introducing Nicotine Anonymous to the Medical Profession

 

Do you have patients who continue to smoke or chew tobacco in spite of your

medical advice to stop?

Nicotine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women helping each other to live

our lives free of nicotine. We share our experience, strength, and hope with

each other so that we may be free from this powerful addiction. The only

requirement for membership is the desire to stop using nicotine. There are no

dues or fees for Nicotine Anonymous membership; we are self supporting through

our own contributions. Nicotine Anonymous is not allied with any sect,

denomination, political entity, organization or institution, does not engage in

any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any cause. Our primary purpose is

to offer support to those who are trying to gain freedom from nicotine. - (Our

Preamble, reprinted for adaption with permission of the A.A. Grapevine)

 

This recovery program is based on the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of

Alcoholics Anonymous. We offer a gentle approach to first gaining and then

maintaining freedom from this powerful addiction.

 

Our message to newcomers who seek us out is:

It doesn’t matter in what form you have used nicotine or how many times you may

have tried to quit. If you have a desire to live nicotine-free, you are welcomed

here. We have found that as we attend meetings regularly, we come to believe in

the shared experience of our fellow members. Sharing together creates hope and

helps us to keep an open mind. We suggest attending a number of meetings to

discover for yourself how the caring support of others and the daily practice of

Nicotine Anonymous principles has helped us experience the gift of freedom from

nicotine.

 

Over time, by using this program of recovery to abstain from nicotine:

physically, we achieve better health; emotionally, we become more serene;

spiritually, we find hope and courage where there was doubt and fear. Our

respect for each other is evident in our commitment to not criticize, gossip, or

offer unsolicited advice. Members can work this gentle program at their own

pace, but we strongly suggest newcomers select a sponsor as a source of help and

guidance.

 

Nicotine Anonymous views nicotine addiction as a disease which affects the user

physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We regard it as an addiction, which

like alcohol or other drug addiction, can be arrested, but not cured. Nicotine

Anonymous helps nicotine users to take an active role in treating their disease.

 

The recovery program is a suggested guide to living nicotine-free one day at a

time. Listening to the shared experiences of others is an opportunity for

self-education to help the nicotine addict learn how to modify their thinking

and behavior. Members are encouraged to take what they need and leave the rest.

 

Nicotine Anonymous is a spiritual program. However, each member can come to

believe in a Higher Power of his or her own understanding. Faith and hope help

to heal and restore the belief that we can live without nicotine. This program

may not be for everyone, but we welcome all who seek freedom from nicotine.

 

Other Nicotine Delivery Systems Nicotine Anonymous accepts that nicotine is a

toxic, addictive substance that endangers our quality of life. According to our

Tenth Tradition, “Nicotine Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues.” This

includes all methods or mechanisms that deliver nicotine. We neither endorse nor

oppose such devices as nicotine gum or patches. The use of such devices is a

decision left to each member, but the group’s goal is to support abstinence from

nicotine.

To find more about what Nicotine Anonymous offers:

1. Read the material on our web site - www.nicotine-anonymous.org

 

2. Email us at: [email protected]

 

3. Check the white pages of your local telephone directory.

 

4. Write to: 6333 E. Mockingbird Lane, #147-817, Dallas, TX  75214 USA

 

5. Call: (469) 737-9304