The Mid-Carolina Area NA website hosts two area service bodies. Here you will find information for both the Central Carolina and the Greater Columbia areas of Narcotics Anonymous.
Narcotics Anonymous is a global, 12-step program founded in 1953. Since then, NA has helped many recovering addicts learn to live clean on a daily basis. Today, NA members hold more than 50,000 meetings each week in 130 countries. The Mid-Carolina Area, encompassing Columbia, SC and surrounding areas, hosts over 100 meetings per week, and is home to countless recovering addicts.
Our name, Narcotics Anonymous, is not meant to imply a focus on any particular drug; NA’s approach makes no distinction between drugs, including alcohol. NA is free, and we have no affiliation with any outside organizations.
If you think you have a problem with drugs of any kind, please look at the “Newcomers” links here on the site or better yet just come to one of our meetings. This simple act may serve as an introduction to life without drugs. Narcotics Anonymous meetings offer recovery, fellowship, and empathy.
As addicts, we know the pain of addiction. But we also know the joy of recovery found in NA. We hope that you too will find the freedom from addiction that we in Narcotics Anonymous are experiencing today!!
Links to Readings
Mid-Carolina Area of Narcotics Anonymous offers many things to do for those who wish to live an active and fun-filled life without drugs. Please peruse the calendar for our events and join us for these activities...
Mid-Carolina Area also offers many types of service positions for responsible members. We have openings for H&I, PR, Convention Committees and many other areas of service. Please check this list regularly to see what's happening in our area...
The Serenity Prayer
the common name for this prayer, authored by the American theologian
Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971)
The best-known form is:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and wisdom to know the difference.
Niebuhr, who first wrote the prayer for a sermon at Heath Evangelical Union Church in Heath, Massachusetts, used it widely in sermons as early as 1934 and first published it in 1951 in a magazine column. The prayer spread both through Niebuhr's sermons and church groups in the 1930s and 1940s and was later adopted and popularized by Narcotics Anonymous and other 12 step recovery groups.
The Third Step Prayer
Occasionally we may say The Third Step Prayer
The best-known form for Narcotics Anonymous members is:
Take my will and my life,
guide me in my recovery,
show me how to live.
The basic recovery text for addicts that explains NA’s principles and includes members’ personal experiences finding Narcotics Anonymous and living clean.
It Works: How and Why interprets the principles of recovery used by Narcotics Anonymous. Twenty-four chapters offer insight on each Step and Tradition.
Living Clean: The Journey Continues is about finding a new way to live--the practice of recovery in our daily lives, in our relationships, and in our service to others.