6) If you feel you must attend a stressful occasion, perhaps a party in your honor if you have just left prison for instance, where there will be using and/or you know you will feel uncomfortable, don’t stay any longer than you absolutely have to. Make a provisional escape plan in any case. You should have contact details for a taxi or a friend if needed. In a pub situation, my first sponsor advised me always to buy the first round including my Coca Cola Zero and slip away as soon as I liked. Usually no one remembers when we left, just that we bought a round, and if someone presses you to use it is a sign that they could have our disease, too.
7) Don’t get bored. NA meetings only take up a limited time. Try the cinema, evening classes, the gym or swimming, for example. Make a list of activities and see which you like. If you are shy, amateur dramatics is a possibility, for example.
8) Avoid major changes in the first two years, if possible, such as divorce, moving house, changing jobs, or a new partner. The stress involved can break one’s concentration on tackling the withdrawals.
9) No excuse justifies a relapse. Anything you could do with the aid of drugs, you can do without. Is someone offering you a hit? No excuse, walk away. Do you feel like celebrating? Have you had a disappointment? Do you want a lift? Are you too high? Do you want oblivion? There is no good reason for taking a hit. Resist buddying up with a pal where two of you stop together. If one relapses it increases the chances that the other one will too. You have to do it yourself, but you don’t have to do it alone because there are other NA members.
10) Quit drugs, attend NA meetings and, in between, stay in close contact with other NA members.