Attend an NA Meeting, All You Have To Lose Is 'Insanity'
Most people have heard of Narcotics Anonymous (NA) but may not be familiar with who they really are and how this program works. NA is a Fellowship (society) of men and women who suffer from the disease of addiction.
The Narcotics Anonymous Program embraces the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of NA which are the guidelines this program works with which has helped thousands of addicts stay clean from drugs.
Narcotics Anonymous is a nonprofit program that stands alone and has no ties or affiliations with any other organization. Members of NA don't pay dues or fees nor do they sign any pledges or contracts. Everyone is welcome in NA no matter who you are or what your drug history is. What matters is now and what they can do to help a new member or an active member in need. The most important person at any meeting is the new person or newcomer, offering them wisdom, knowledge and support. NA members believe they can only keep what they have-by giving it away. What a powerful and unselfish concept, no wonder Narcotics Anonymous works as long as members continue going to meetings.
This fellowship is a society of people both men and women who share the disease of addiction to drugs, as well as the desire to stay clean. Their main focus is to abstain and stay clean from using drugs and they help and support each other in their recovery. The wonderful thing about Narcotics Anonymous is that no matter who you are or how long you have been clean everyone is treated the same. There's no judgment passed or demands to be made in NA, members share suggestions and help and support each other because they have mutual respect for one another. Every member knows what each other is going through and how painful drug addiction is.
Many NA members have been clean for very long periods of time and they know how hard it is to overcome the mental and physical pain of addiction. Sharing what they have learned along the way not only strengthens their own recovery but gives hope to others. Focusing on the similarities members of NA share as opposed to the differences is why Narcotics Anonymous is so successful.
The 12 Steps and 12 Traditions are the guidelines for Narcotics Anonymous and their members. Each step is a principle in which they base their recovery. There is no counseling or therapy provided through NA. The desire to stop using, attending meetings, applying the 12 Steps and Traditions in their lives and supporting one another is what recovery is based on. Sharing their own experiences, giving strength and hope to others is what Narcotics Anonymous is all about.
Twelve Steps of Narcotics Anonymous
The 12 Steps are based on spiritual principles for personal recovery. These principles are an outline or path an individual needs to take toward their recovery from addiction. The principles are spiritual based, finding one's own 'Higher Power' is necessary when working the 12 Steps of NA. Each member has their own understanding of whom or what their 'Higher Power' is and that's all that matters.
Twelve Traditions of Narcotics Anonymous
The 12 Traditions are principles that relate experience that helps the NA Groups maintain their unity. For the most part, the Twelve Traditions offer guidance for the NA groups.
Some people don't understand the necessity of a Higher Power and have a hard time with this. In NA reference to God is made quite often. Narcotics Anonymous believes we are all individuals with our own set of beliefs. Every member of NA has their own Higher Power who is; loving, caring, non-judgmental and greater than they are. Let's face it, drug addiction is extremely powerful and if you didn't need outside help, you would have stopped long ago.
Addiction is a progressive disease that strips away your dignity and destroys your mind, body and spirit. It's quite common for a person that's dependent on drugs not to be able to see their own addiction. Denial is part of addiction and an addict gets real good at it. For those addicts that wonder from time to time if they have a problem and could be addicted, NA is a great place to find out for sure. According to Narcotics Anonymous, if it's run across your mind and you have thought about it or questioned it, you probably do have a problem and are addicted. Just sitting in on a meeting and listening to others share stories and experiences may sound quite similar to your own life with addiction. After a couple of meetings you will at least be able to answer that question on your own.
Drug addicts going through treatment for their addiction can benefit from 12 Step Programs like Narcotics Anonymous while working toward recovery. Most addicts have experienced very similar if not the same experiences you may have when using. Don't worry about feeling like an out-sider, everyone for the most part feels the same feelings when they first come to an NA meeting, uncomfortable, nervous, and feel everyone's attention is centered on you. This is normal, everyone goes through that and so have they. They're just very glad you're there because they know what addiction to drugs is like and they're eager to help when you're ready.
If you're ready to take that first step or you're in need of Treatment for Drug Addiction, call 1-800-559-9503. One of the worst parts of addiction is that the addict feels alienated, depressed, and they feel all alone; with Narcotics Anonymous you're never alone, just ask for help and they'll be there. Stop your Insanity and Addiction to Drugs; attend an NA meeting near you.