NA Prayers & Mottos

A simple spiritual, not religious program…
It is important for you to know that you will hear God mentioned in our meetings. What we are referring to is a Higher Power or God of our understanding. The NA Basic Text explains it well-
“Our concept of God comes not from dogma but from what we believe and from what works for us. Many of us understand God to be simply whatever force keeps us clean.
The right to a God of your understanding is total and without any catches. … The only suggested guidelines are that this Power be loving, caring and greater than ourselves.”


Serenity Prayer

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.”

NA Third Step Prayer

“Take my will and my life, guide me in my recovery, show me how to live.”

Gratitude Motto

“My gratitude speaks, when I care and when I share with others the N.A. way.”

Basic Text Preface Prayer

“We cannot change the nature of the addict or addiction. We can help to change the old lie “Once an addict, always an addict,” by striving to make recovery more available. God, help us to remember this difference.”

Service Statement

“Everything that occurs in the course of NA Service must be motivated by the desire to more successfully carry the message of recovery to the addict who still suffers. It was for this reason that we began this work. We must always remember that as individual members, groups and service committees, we are not and should never be in competition with each other.
We work separately and together to help the newcomer and for our common good. We have learned, painfully, that internal strife cripples our Fellowship; and prevents us from providing the services necessary for growth.”

Service Prayer

“GOD, grant us knowledge
that we may write*
according to Your Divine precepts.
Instill in us a sense of Your purpose.
Make us servants of Your will
and grant us a bond of selflessness,
that this may truly be Your work,
not ours —in order that
no addict, anywhere, need die from the horrors of addiction.”
*(“act” or “work” may be substituted for “write” in our committee meetings)