Most of us do not have to think twice about this question. We know! Our whole life and thinking was centered in drugs in one form or another – the getting and using and finding ways and means to get more. We lived to use and used to live. Very simply, an addict is a man or woman whose life is controlled by drugs. We are people in the grip of a continuing and progressive illness whose ends are always the same: jails, institutions and death.

Who, What, How, and Why
Reprinted from the White Booklet Narcotics Anonymous

This is a translation of NA Fellowship–approved literature.

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Who Is An Addict?

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