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What is Opiates Anonymous  


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Opiates Anonymous is a twelve step fellowship whose members have a desire to stop using opiates and all other mind altering substances. Our members share their experience on how they have recovered from a hopeless state so that they may help others to recover. We do not endorse nor oppose any outside causes. We wish to stay free from any controversy. We are not affiliated with any political organizations, religions, sects, or denominations. Our Seventh Tradition states that we are fully self-supporting declining outside contributions. The only membership requirement is a desire to stop using opiates and all other mind-altering substances. Our Fifth Tradition states that our primary purpose is to carry the message to the addict who still suffers. Our 12 step recovery program is based on the instructions in the book Alcoholics Anonymous because our experience has shown us that it is simple and that it works.


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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