“We admitted we were powerless over heroin –
that our lives had become unmanageable.”
Admitting we were powerless over heroin or anything else for that matter was a difficult task for many of us. We did not want to admit we could not control our heroin usage and that we could not manage our life. Most of us wished to be in control of our using and convinced ourselves we could stop anytime we wanted.
We discovered that we had lost the power to choose whether we would use or not. If we truly had the power to do that, we would have exercised that power a long time ago. There were times we deluded ourselves into thinking “Well at least 1 stopped for a short period of time, therefore I can stop anytime I want to.” If that were true, we would have stopped all together. ~Read More~
FOR THE NEWCOMER
As newcomers, we often feel lost and don’t know how to live sober and are uncertain with what we should or should not do in order to recover. We are confused, scared, and typically have doubt about being able to stay sober. All of us who have recovered have experienced what you are going through at this time. Fortunately, there are others in Heroin Anonymous who can relate to your experience and are eager to help you find a new way of living. What we found that was most helpful, was to be guided by someone who is grounded in the 12 Steps. This person can offer guidance, support, and direction so that you can learn how to cope with daily life and assist you in developing a life of freedom from heroin addiction. There is no right way to recover, we cannot do it wrong, yet there are several suggestions we have found to be ~Read More~
WHAT ABOUT OTHER DRUGS?
As members of Heroin Anonymous, we promote a lifestyle that is abstinent from all drugs and alcohol. No one in this fellowship can tell you how you should be living your life or whether you are or are not powerless over other substances. It has been our experience that heroin addicts who use other substances while abstaining from heroin generally return to using. When this occurs, we end up where we were before and often worse. Many of us at one time have told ourselves, “As long as I’m not using heroin, I’ll be ok.” We were deluded into thinking that it would be ok to drink, to use some pot, smoke some crack, snort some cocaine, or maybe take some pain pills to help us through a difficult time. At other times we did not need an excuse or a reason to use another substance, it seemed like a good ~Read More~
GUIDE TO THE TWELVE STEPS
Taking the 12 Steps is what enables us to be free from the compulsion to use. We take the Steps as outlined in the book “Alcoholics Anonymous.” Often referred to as the “Big Book”, it contains specific, step-by-step instructions on how to practice the Steps in our daily lives. When reading this book, we found it helpful to substitute the word “heroin” for “alcohol”, and substitute the word “drinking” with “using.” The Steps show us how to live on a different basis. Our experience shows us that we cannot thoroughly nor honestly take the Steps on our own. This is where a sponsor comes in. A sponsor, grounded in the Steps themselves, can share their experience with the Steps and guide us to a way of living that is free from heroin addiction. ~Read More~
HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS
Chairing Hospital and Institution meetings is one of the most effective ways of reaching heroin addicts who do not have access to our fellowship and our meetings.
Many of our members are sober today because they received the message of Heroin Anonymous in a treatment facility, hospital or institution.
When chairing these meetings, it is essential that we give a positive impression of Heroin Anonymous. We want these facilities and their staff to think highly of our fellowship. By being responsible and respectful in the way we conduct ourselves, we have the opportunity to reach more heroin addicts.
All of us in our fellowship are a reflection of H.A. when we are in public. It is important we be mindful of how we conduct ourselves.
When chairing these meetings, not only are we reaching more heroin ~Read More~
When we found ourselves being directed towards the fellowship of Heroin Anonymous a common piece of advice we received was to join a home group. Many of us had no idea what a home group is or why we should join one. In the end we have found being part of a home group to be one of our most beneficial and rewarding experiences. A home group is a group that we have made the commitment to regularly attend and provide service to when needed. When you find a meeting that you feel comfortable with and can make it to on a regular basis, it is strongly suggested that you become a home group member. To become a member, just inquire with a current home group member what needs to be done for you to join. ~Read More~
If will power alone were enough for us to manage our own lives and stay sober, it would not be necessary to find a Higher Power. Our experience clearly shows that we have not been able to do this by ourselves. Many of us tried to stay sober for a variety of reasons, but we were unable to achieve the lives we desired to live. As a result of unsuccessful attempts at sobriety, we concluded that we needed to seek help from a Power greater than ourselves. Many of us entered Heroin Anonymous with preconceived notions of who and what God was. Some associated these ideas with the world’s great religions. Others scoffed at the idea of an existence of a God altogether. ~Read More~
When many of us entered Heroin Anonymous the concept that we never had to use again seemed like an impossible objective. We struggled to achieve even a few days of sobriety and in many cases our lives were in disarray. Many of our personal relationships were in ruin, life often seemed to be lacking any purpose other than getting high, and some of us had lost our jobs and our homes. For some of us it was our first time in the rooms, and we were met with confusion as we gazed upon the steps. For others we were coming back after finding we could not achieve long term sobriety working the program on our own, taking the parts we liked while discarding the ones we did not. That is why we of Heroin Anonymous find it essential to have a sponsor. ~Read More~
WHO IS A HEROIN ADDICT
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop suffering from heroin addiction (HA 3rd Tradition).
For some of our members, admitting we were heroin addicts happened long before we ever made it to our first meetings. For others, coming into the rooms and introducing ourselves as heroin addicts seemed humiliating. Perhaps we were down on our luck or ran into some legal trouble, but all we needed was a break from heroin to be all right. If only we could make it through the withdrawals, we could put our lives back together. Whatever our initial conceptions, we found we had to honestly determine if we were heroin addicts before we could recover.~Read More~