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Welcome to Opiates Anonymous,

We wish to assure you that we do not have a monopoly on a solution for opiate addiction. What we can offer you is a solution that has worked for us and others. If you are willing and open-minded perhaps it may work for you as well. 

At our meetings, our members share their experience so others can identify with what we were like and how we were able to find a solution for addiction based on the instructions laid out in the book: Alcoholics Anonymous.  We use the book Alcoholics Anonymous as our guide because it is the original text from which all twelve step programs were formed. We prefer its clear- cut directions.

Through identification with our experiences, new members may discover that we were once just as hopeless as they were but that we have since recovered from a hopeless state of mind, body, and spirit. Because identification is of paramount importance to the person who is seeking recovery, Opiates Anonymous has a single purpose as outlined in our Fifth Tradition: “Each group has but one primary purpose - to carry its message to the addict who still suffers.” 

  Our First Tradition is about unity and the other traditions were established to help preserve the unity.  It has also been our members’ collective experience that unity within the meeting place can best be maintained if we are all on the same page. “Being on the same page” means that we have one set of instructions on how to recover.  One set of instructions unifies us in a common solution.   Having a simple, consistent, and clear cut message of how we have recovered avoids confusion for the person who is new to Opiates Anonymous.

Our Third Tradition is about membership: “The only requirement for Opiates Anonymous membership is a desire to stop using opiates and all other mind altering substances.”

Our First Step is: “We admitted that we were powerless over opiates and all other mind altering substances - that our lives had become unmanageable.” As addicts, we must admit to our innermost selves that we can never safely ingest any mind altering substance because we will set off the terrible cycle of addiction all over again.

If you think that you may have a problem with opiates and other mind altering substances, attending one of our meetings may help you decide if you are an addict. Only you can decide whether or not you are an addict. 

The 12 Steps of Opiates Anonymous  

Step 1 We admitted we were powerless over opiates and all other mind-altering substances - that our lives had become unmanageable.
Step 2 Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Step 3 Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
Step 4 Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Step 5 Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Step 6 Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Step 7 Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
Step 8 Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
Step 9 Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Step 10 Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
Step 11 Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
Step 12 Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous have been reprinted and adapted with the permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. ("AAWS"). Permission to reprint and adapt the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions does not mean that Alcoholics Anonymous is affiliated with this program. A.A. is a program of recovery from alcoholism only - use of A.A.'s Steps and Traditions or an adapted version in connection with programs and activities which are patterned after A.A., but which address other problems, or use in any other non-A.A. context, does not imply otherwise.

The 12 Traditions of Opiates Anonymous  

Tradition 1 Our common welfare should come first;personal recovery depends upon Opiates Anonymous unity.
Tradition 2 For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority - a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
Tradition 3 The only requirement for Opiates Anonymous membership is a desire to stop using opiates and all other mind-altering substances.
Tradition 4 Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or Opiates Anonymous as a whole.
Tradition 5 Each group has but one primary purpose - to carry its message to the addict who still suffers.
Tradition 6 An Opiates Anonymous group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the Opiates Anonymous name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
Tradition 7 Every Opiates Anonymous group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
Tradition 8 Opiates Anonymous should remain forever non professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
Tradition 9 Opiates Anonymous, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
Tradition 10 Opiates Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the Opiates Anonymous name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
Tradition 11 Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, television and films.
Tradition 12 Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous have been reprinted and adapted with the permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. ("AAWS"). Permission to reprint and adapt the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions does not mean that Alcoholics Anonymous is affiliated with this program. A.A. is a program of recovery from alcoholism only - use of A.A.'s Steps and Traditions or an adapted version in connection with programs and activities which are patterned after A.A., but which address other problems, or use in any other non-A.A. context, does not imply otherwise.

Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

Step 1 We admitted we were powerless over alcohol - that our lives had become unmanageable.
Step 2 Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Step 3 Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
Step 4 Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Step 5 Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Step 6 Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Step 7 Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
Step 8 Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
Step 9 Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Step 10 Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
Step 11 Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
Step 12 Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous


Tradition 1 Our common welfare should come first;personal recovery depends upon AA unity.
Tradition 2 For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority - a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
Tradition 3 The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking.
Tradition 4 Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or AA as a whole.
Tradition 5 Each group has but one primary purpose - to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
Tradition 6 An AA group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the AA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
Tradition 7 Every AA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
Tradition 8 Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
Tradition 9 AA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
Tradition 10 Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the Opiates Anonymous name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
Tradition 11 Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, television and films.
Tradition 12 Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

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