The Great Lakes Area Service Committee of Narcotics Anonymous serves Lake, Ashtabula, and Geauga in Ohio.
We host meetings in the Ohio cities of Mentor, Painesville, Ashtabula, Geneva, Chesterland, Bainbridge, Willowick, Lyndhurst, Chagrin Falls, Rock Creek, Willoughby, Chardon, Cleveland Heights, Madison, and Wickliffe.
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"We admitted that we were powerless over our addiction, that our lives had become unmanageable."
We realize that we cannot use drugs and live. When we admit our powerlessness and the inability to manage our own lives, we open the door to recovery. No one could convince us that we were addicts. It is an admission that we had to make for ourselves. When some of us have doubts, we ask ourselves this question: "Can I control my use of any form of mind or mood-altering chemicals?"
Most will see that control is impossible the moment it is suggested. Whatever the outcome, we find that we cannot control our using for any length of time.
This would clearly suggest that an addict has no control over drugs. Powerlessness means using against our will.
We didn't stumble into this fellowship brimming with love, honesty, open-mindedness or willingness. We reached the point where we could no longer continue because of physical, mental, and spiritual pain. When we were beaten, we became willing.
We Do Recover
When at the end of the road we find that we can no longer
function as a human being, either with or without drugs, we all
face the same dilemma. What is there left to do? There seems
to be this alternative: either go on as best we can to the bitter
ends—jails, institutions or death—or find a new way to live. In
years gone by, very few addicts ever had this last choice.
Those who are addicted today are more fortunate. For the first
time in man’s entire history, a simple way has been proving
itself in the lives of many addicts. It is available to us all. This is
a simple spiritual—not religious—program, known as Narcotics