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An addict should not take drugs of any kind

Alcoholics Anonymous is a program that helps people stop drinking and stay sober. They use a 12-step program to help do this. Narcotics Anonymous is based on Alcoholics Anonymous. It helps people stay clean from drugs and sober from alcohol.

People who attend Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous have a history of problems with drugs and alcohol. So Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous tell them to stay away from all kinds of drugs. The problem is that some people, like those with schizophrenia, have to take pills to stay healthy. Sometimes they are confused by the general message given by AA and NA and the message given to them by their doctors. It is important to make sure people with schizophrenia understand that they should take the pills for their illness.