In Times of Illness
Being Responsible for our Recovery
As addicts, there may be times when it's necessary for medical treatment by professionals. Our goal as recovering addicts is to responsibly seek treatment while acknowledging that we are addicts with the disease of addiction. The choice to take prescribed medication is a personal decision between a member, her or his sponsor, professional, and higher power. NA as a whole has no opinion on outside issues and this includes medical care.
The use of medication can be controversial in our fellowship. When treatment of an illness requires medication, the concept of abstinence can be confusing. Cleantime is an issue for each of us to resolve individually with our sponsor and our higher power. The use of medication and a person's cleantime is not an issue for the Group to enforce.
We have resources to help: In Times of Illness is a fellowship approved pamphlet that can be read in NA meetings. And our service pamphlet NA Groups and Medication is an excellent resource for us individually and in our group conscience meetings.
Going to meetings is another critical resource for the addict seeking recovery. The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop using. Many of us attended meetings long before we actually got clean. So come to our meetings. You're welcome in NA.
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