Marijuana Anonymous District 27
The Twelve Questions of Marijuana Anonymous
How it Works - The Twelve Steps of Marijuana Anonymous
The Twelve Traditions of Marijuana Anonymous
The Twelve Concepts for Service in Marijuana Anonymous
Who is a Marijuana Addict?
Dangers of Cross Addiction
As stated in our third tradition, the only requirement for
membership in Marijuana Anonymous is a desire to stop
using marijuana. There is no mention of any other drugs or
alcohol. This is to adhere to the "singleness of purpose"
concept, but many of us have found that the only way that
we can keep our sobriety is to abstain from all mind and
mood altering chemicals, including alcohol.
When we give up the drug of our choice, a void is created.
The initial struggle to abstain from marijuana use often
leaves us vulnerable. To fill this void we may start to use,
or increase the use of, other substances such as alcohol,
cocaine, pills, or other self-prescribed drugs.
Although we may not now be addicted to these substances,
their use can lower our inhibitions, leaving us open to
repeating old patterns of thinking and behaving that can lead
back to marijuana use. The fact that we became addicted to
marijuana reflects a tendency towards behavior that may
lead to cross addiction or substitution addiction to these
To reiterate, the only requirement for membership is a
desire to stop using marijuana. It is important, however,
to recognize the potential to create another problem as
we strive to recover from this one.
God, grant me serenity
To accept things I cannot change
Courage to change the things I can
And wisdom to know the difference.
Second Step Prayer
I know in my heart that only you can restore me to sanity.
I humbly ask that you remove all twisted thought and addictive behavior from me this day.
Heal my spirit and restore in me a clear mind.
Third Step Prayer
I have tried to control the uncontrollable for far too long.
I ask that you take this burden from me.
I acknowledge that my life is unmanageable.
I ask for your care and guidance.
Grant me honesty, courage, humility, and serenity, to face that which keeps me from you and others.
I give this life to you, to do with as you will.
Eleventh Step Prayer (MA)
Please Help Me.
Help me learn what I’m supposed to learn. Help me do what I’m supposed to do.
Help me be who I’m supposed to be.
Stay with me always.
In my hour of deepest despair.
And my hour of greatest joy.
Twelve Promises (MA)
The rewards we’ve received from taking Steps Eight and Nine are profound and sublime.
Those of us who have rigorously and thoroughly taken all of the steps can attest
to the fact that we have become stronger people. As we make spiritual progress,
we begin to feel emotionally secure. Our new attitudes bring about self-esteem,
inner strength, and serenity that is not easily shaken by any of life’s hard times.
Our awakening has come about as a result of a spiritual house cleaning, being
aware of who we are, and cultivating a growing relationship with our Higher
Power. That relationship can lessen the role of fear as the main source of
motivation in our lives. We know that our needs will be met — perhaps not in the
ways that we had hoped for, but in ways from which we can truly grow. We have
found that freedom from fear is much more important than freedom from want.
We start to accept the unpleasantness in our lives and
become grateful when we are able to experience growth from it.
We learn to give without expecting rewards. We act as responsible members of
society, living not in isolation but with a sense of community. We become true
partners with our friends and loved ones. With the help of a Higher Power, we
respond positively to adversity. Practicing the principles we learn by taking the
Twelve Steps produces rewards beyond calculation. With a deep sense of
gratitude and the help of a power greater than ourselves, we can live in spiritual,
emotional, and physical recovery; we live with serenity and security, one day at a time.
Humbly seeking to do the will of a Higher Power, we find that we can now live useful lives.
As a result, we reap benefits we had thought unattainable, even unimaginable.
As we each work the program in our own special way, we discover the spiritual
principles that we all have in common. We are all unique examples of how the
program works, each of us with our distinct gifts to share. We take these steps for
ourselves, not by ourselves. Others have gone before; others will follow. We recover.
(Life with Hope, 3rd edition: p. 61-62)
Set Aside Prayer
Please help me set aside everything I think I know about myself,
my disease, these steps, and especially you,
for an open mind and a new experience with myself,
my disease, these steps, and especially You.
The Prayer of St. Francis (AA Step Eleven Prayer)
Lord, make me a channel of thy peace--that where there is hatred, I may bring
love--that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness--that where
there is discord, I may bring harmony--that where there is error, I may bring
truth--that where there is doubt, I may bring faith--that where there is despair, I
may bring hope--that where there are shadows, I may bring light--that where there
is sadness, I may bring joy. Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to
be comforted--to understand, than to be understood--to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds. It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.
(Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous, p.86)
The Promises (AA)
If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through.
We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.
We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.
We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace.
No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others.
That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear.
We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows.
Self-seeking will slip away.
Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.
Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us.
We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us.
We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.
Are these extravagant promises? We think not.
They are being fulfilled among us—sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly.
They will always materialize if we work for them.
(Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous, p.83-84)
A Vision For You
Our book is meant to be suggestive only. We realize
we know only a little. God will constantly disclose
more to you and to us. Ask God in your morning
meditation what you can do each day for the
person who is still sick. The answer will come, if
your own house is in order. But obviously you
cannot transmit something you haven’t got. See to
it that your relationship with God is right, and great
events will come to pass for you and countless
others. This is the great fact for us.
Abandon yourself to God as you understand God.
Admit your faults to God and your fellows. Clear
away the wreckage of your past. Give freely what
you have found here and join us. We shall be with
you in the fellowship of the spirit and you will surely
meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny.
May god bless you and keep you -- until then.
(Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous, p.151)
I place my hand in yours, and together we can do what we could never do alone.
No longer is there a sense of hopelessness.
No longer must we each depend upon our own unsteady willpower.
We are all together now, reaching out our hands, for a power and strength, greater than ours.
And, as we join hands, we find love and understanding beyond our wildest dreams!