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1 NA Literature 1954 to 2009

2 A Vision for NA Service All of the efforts of Narcotics Anonymous are inspired by the primary purpose of our groups. Upon this common ground we stand committed. Our vision is that one day: Every addict in the world has the chance to experience our message in his or her own language and culture and find the opportunity for a new way of life; Every addict in the world has the chance to experience our message in his or her own language and culture and find the opportunity for a new way of life; Every member, inspired by the gift of recovery, experiences spiritual growth and fulfillment through service; Every member, inspired by the gift of recovery, experiences spiritual growth and fulfillment through service; NA service bodies worldwide work together in a spirit of unity and cooperation to support the groups in carrying our message of recovery; NA service bodies worldwide work together in a spirit of unity and cooperation to support the groups in carrying our message of recovery; Narcotics Anonymous has universal recognition and respect as a viable program of recovery. Narcotics Anonymous has universal recognition and respect as a viable program of recovery. Honesty, trust, and goodwill are the foundation of our service efforts, all of which rely upon the guidance of a loving Higher Power.

3 50,000 meetings, 127 countries, 36 Languages

4 Our Lituature History  Narcotics Anonymous was founded in California in 1953 by Jimmy Kinnon and others.  On September 14, 1953, they received notice from the leadership of A.A. that they could use the A.A. steps and traditions, but not the A.A. name. The organization then officially changed its name to Narcotics Anonymous.  In 1954, the first N.A. publication was printed, called the "Little Yellow Booklet". It contained the 12 steps, and early drafts of several pieces that would later be included in subsequent literature.

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7 Groups didn’t pay attention to traditions, accepted money from outside entities, religion came into it, and NA nearly fell apart - there was a 4-month period in 1959 when there were no meetings Groups didn’t pay attention to traditions, accepted money from outside entities, religion came into it, and NA nearly fell apart - there was a 4-month period in 1959 when there were no meetings Jimmy Kinnon and others vowed to restart N.A., promising to hold to the traditions more closely. Jimmy Kinnon and others vowed to restart N.A., promising to hold to the traditions more closely. The N.A. White Booklet was written in 1962, and became the heart of N.A. meetings and the basis for all subsequent N.A. literature. N.A. was called a "hip pocket program", because the entire literature could fit into a person's hip pocket. This booklet was republished in 1966 as the N.A. White Book, and included the personal stories of many addicts. The N.A. White Booklet was written in 1962, and became the heart of N.A. meetings and the basis for all subsequent N.A. literature. N.A. was called a "hip pocket program", because the entire literature could fit into a person's hip pocket. This booklet was republished in 1966 as the N.A. White Book, and included the personal stories of many addicts. The 1970s was a period of rapid growth in N.A. A World Service Office was officially opened in In 1971, the first N.A. World Conference was held. The 1970s was a period of rapid growth in N.A. A World Service Office was officially opened in In 1971, the first N.A. World Conference was held. In the late 70s and early 80s most of the IPs were written and the first basic text was published in 1983 In the late 70s and early 80s most of the IPs were written and the first basic text was published in 1983

8 Books The Basic Text is divided into two books. Book one discusses the basics of the N.A. program and the twelve steps and traditions. Book two is composed of many personal stories. The Basic Text is divided into two books. Book one discusses the basics of the N.A. program and the twelve steps and traditions. Book two is composed of many personal stories. It Works: How and Why offers detailed discussion of the twelve steps and traditions. It Works: How and Why offers detailed discussion of the twelve steps and traditions. The Step Working Guides is a workbook with questions on each step often called the "green and gold" after its cover. The Step Working Guides is a workbook with questions on each step often called the "green and gold" after its cover. Just For Today is a book of daily meditations with quotes from the Basic Text and other NA approved literature including the "Information Pamphlets". Just For Today is a book of daily meditations with quotes from the Basic Text and other NA approved literature including the "Information Pamphlets". Sponsorship is an in-depth discussion of the role of sponsorship in N.A., including the personal experiences of members. Sponsorship is an in-depth discussion of the role of sponsorship in N.A., including the personal experiences of members. Miracles Happen describes the early years of the NA organization. This book contains many photographs of early literature and meeting Miracles Happen describes the early years of the NA organization. This book contains many photographs of early literature and meeting

9 Basic Text ► While previous literature had been written by just a few addicts - primarily Jimmy K – the N.A. Basic Text was written as a massive collaboration between hundreds of people. ► Seven World Literature Conferences in three years open to all ► 1st edition: In 1981 a version was distributed to all of N.A. for approval, and the text was approved with a 2/3 majority. Big disagreement regarding a few key sentences - reprinted in 1983 with the passages removed. ► 2nd edition: Restored the passages. ► 3rd edition: Removed the controversial passages. ► 4th edition: Professional editors and writers, more consistent in tone and style. Improperly reviewed and had many problems ► 5th edition – 1988 corrected these problems ► 6th edition – Approved at WSC 2008 : 1st 10 chapter the same, additon of personal stories with more diverse personal stories from around the world. ► Available in over 30 different languages, millions have been sold worldwide

10 Booklets Little White Book Little White Book The Group Booklet The Group Booklet 12 concepts for Na Service 12 concepts for Na Service Introductory Guide to NA, revised Introductory Guide to NA, revised Behind the Walls Behind the Walls In Times of Illness In Times of Illness NA: A Resource in Your Community, 2008 Version NA: A Resource in Your Community, 2008 Version NA: A Resource in Your Community, 2008 Version NA: A Resource in Your Community, 2008 Version Public Information Handbook Public Information Handbook

11 1976, 86: IP #1 - Who, What, How, and Why – the readings 1976, 86: IP #1 - Who, What, How, and Why – the readingsIP #1 - Who, What, How, and WhyIP #1 - Who, What, How, and Why 1976, 88:IP #2 - The Group – how a group is formed, the positions, etc. 1976, 88:IP #2 - The Group – how a group is formed, the positions, etc.IP #2 - The GroupIP #2 - The Group 1976,84,92IP#5 Another Look – what addiction is not 1976,84,92IP#5 Another Look – what addiction is not 1976, 86: IP #6 Recovery and Relapse 1976, 86: IP #6 Recovery and RelapseIP #6 Recovery and RelapseIP #6 Recovery and Relapse 1983: IP #7 - Am I an Addict? - Questionnaire 1983: IP #7 - Am I an Addict? - QuestionnaireIP #7 - Am I an Addict?IP #7 - Am I an Addict? 1983: IP #8 - Just for Today – living in the day, the reading Just for today, my thoughts etc 1983: IP #8 - Just for Today – living in the day, the reading Just for today, my thoughts etc 1983: IP #9 - Living the Program – daily inventory 1983: IP #9 - Living the Program – daily inventoryIP #9 - Living the ProgramIP #9 - Living the Program 1988:IP #10 - Working Step Four in NA - before we had the step working guide 1988:IP #10 - Working Step Four in NA - before we had the step working guideIP #10 - Working Step Four in NAIP #10 - Working Step Four in NA 1983,2004: IP #11 - Sponsorship, Revised – before we had sponsorship book 1983,2004: IP #11 - Sponsorship, Revised – before we had sponsorship book 1983: IP #12 - The Triangle of Self-Obsession – human development, resentment, anger and fear 1983: IP #12 - The Triangle of Self-Obsession – human development, resentment, anger and fearIP #12 - The Triangle of Self-ObsessionIP #12 - The Triangle of Self-Obsession

12 1983, 2008: IP #13 - By Young Addicts, For Young Addicts 1983, 2008: IP #13 - By Young Addicts, For Young AddictsIP #13 - By Young Addicts, For Young AddictsIP #13 - By Young Addicts, For Young Addicts 1983, 1992IP #14 - One Addict's Experience – a story. 1983, 1992IP #14 - One Addict's Experience – a story.IP #14 - One Addict's Experience – a story.IP #14 - One Addict's Experience – a story. 1991: IP #15 - PI and the NA Member – now PR handbook 1991: IP #15 - PI and the NA Member – now PR handbookIP #15 - PI and the NA MemberIP #15 - PI and the NA Member 1983: IP #16 - For the Newcomer – explains what NA is 1983: IP #16 - For the Newcomer – explains what NA isIP #16 - For the NewcomerIP #16 - For the Newcomer 1991:IP #17 - For Those in Treatment – tips for when you get out 1991:IP #17 - For Those in Treatment – tips for when you get out 1985: IP #19 - Self-Acceptance 1985: IP #19 - Self-Acceptance 1985, 1996: IP #20 - H&I Service & the NA Member 1985, 1996: IP #20 - H&I Service & the NA Member 1986, 1998: IP #21 - The Loner - Staying Clean in Isolation - Geographic 1986, 1998: IP #21 - The Loner - Staying Clean in Isolation - Geographic 1986, 1987: IP #22 - Welcome to NA – introduction for new comers 1986, 1987: IP #22 - Welcome to NA – introduction for new comersIP #22 - Welcome to NAIP #22 - Welcome to NA 1987, 1988: IP #23 - Staying Clean on the Outside – tips 1987, 1988: IP #23 - Staying Clean on the Outside – tipsIP #23 - Staying Clean on the OutsideIP #23 - Staying Clean on the Outside 1987, 1988: IP #24 - Hey! What's the Basket For? – about the 7th (USA) 1987, 1988: IP #24 - Hey! What's the Basket For? – about the 7th (USA) 1998: IP #25 - Self-Support: Principle & Practice – about the 7th 1998: IP #25 - Self-Support: Principle & Practice – about the 7thIP #25 - Self-Support: Principle & PracticeIP #25 - Self-Support: Principle & Practice 1998: IP #26 - Accessibility for Those with Additional Needs – physical disabilities 1998: IP #26 - Accessibility for Those with Additional Needs – physical disabilitiesIP #26 - Accessibility for Those with Additional NeedsIP #26 - Accessibility for Those with Additional Needs 2008: IP #27 - For the Parents or Guardians Of Young People in NA 2008: IP #27 - For the Parents or Guardians Of Young People in NAIP #27 - For the Parents or Guardians Of Young People in NAIP #27 - For the Parents or Guardians Of Young People in NA

13 What's New? New service pamphlets 2007/2008 included: An Introduction to NA meetings An Introduction to NA meetings Disruptive and Violent Behavior Disruptive and Violent Behavior Group Trusted Servants: Roles and Responsibilities Group Trusted Servants: Roles and Responsibilities Group Business Meetings Group Business Meetings NA Groups and Medication NA Groups and Medication2010 In Times of Illness, revised In Times of Illness, revised Coming Soon Living Clean Living Clean Service System Service System

14 Worldwide: Worldwide: All literature All literature Newsletters, bulletins etc. Newsletters, bulletins etc. Workshop resources Workshop resources Locally developed literature Locally developed literature Na Ireland: Newsletter Newsletter Locally developed literature Locally developed literature Coming soon: workshop resources Coming soon: workshop resources (for questions on this presentation ask Irene C., Regional Literature Chair – through website)


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