These are some NA meetings offered in Amherst, OH throughout the week.
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Amherst, OH – NA Meetings
What is Narcotics Anonymous?
Narcotics Anonymous is a global addictive organization that was founded in 1953 and modeled after Alcoholics Anonymous. The program is open to any person who wants to overcome the addiction to substance abuse. It looks for a solution for drug addiction but it also works with other addictions like alcohol as a drug, and therefore welcomes people who are addicted to all substances.
NA is a nonprofit fellowship of recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean.
NA has one requirement from the members and that is a willingness to stop using and become clean.
NA has meetings scheduled all over the globe and there are many meetings that take place each weekday in the Amherst, Ohio area.
NA memberships are open to those who have substance abuse problems and are looking for support to recover from the addiction. There are no fees to become a member, and members do not have to pay any fees to attend meetings.
There is no professional oversight at meetings that are run by recovered addicts.
NA meetings are places where people can gather to be in a safe place and not be judged for actions of abusing a substance. The NA meeting will encourage participants to make the right decision to get clean and can come to know that they will not be judged for their past.
There are several different types of NA meetings, including:
- Open sessions – These are meetings that allow families, new participants and others members of the community to be at the meeting. Regular attendees are allowed to actively participate, which decreases the pressure that the new person might feel during the first meeting.
- Closed meetings – These meetings are more focused on those participants who acknowledge that they have a problem with addiction. These meetings are designed to give participants a sense of security and ease to embolden members to share and socialize.
- Specific Group Gatherings – These meetings are restricted to certain group characteristics. For example, there are women-only meetings, newcomers meetings, members of the LGBT community and various religions.
- 12-Step Study meetings – These meetings walk members through the 12-Step Study. This involves exploring one or more steps in the meeting.
- Big Book Study meetings – Even though the book is for the recovery of Alcohol Addiction, it is introduced in NA meetings.
- Online meetings – These work for those in remote areas where finding nearby meetings is difficult or for people who are unable to leave their homes. It provides support no matter the location, they are highly private and usually done just by voice versus video.
What to Expect During NA Meetings
Every NA meeting type has a different order that participants follow.
New participants are often concerned about what to expect when attending a NA meeting for the first time. They may be anxious that they will be put on the spot or embarrassed in some way.
There is no need to be anxious. New participants are encouraged to focus on listening, sit and then participate when they are ready to do so.
It is important for new participants when comfortable, to share their experience, strength and hope they have on the road to recovery.
During NA meetings, any of the following may happen:
- New participants are asked to introduce themselves by their first name.
- Certain participants or members may be asked to share on specific topics.
- There may be an open discussion, during which time, anyone can share with the group.
- There may be an invited speaker to talk and participants are invited to listen.
- There might be a short break to allow for a drink, restroom break or socialization.
- There may be a shared dinner and/or a time for socialization.
- All meeting attendees will be asked to gather in a circle at the end to say a short prayer.
- A schedule of other local NA meetings might be provided at the end of the meeting.
- Cellphones are asked to be silenced.
Why is Attending Addiction Recovery Meetings Important?
Attending addiction recovery meetings can empower people with similar concerns to come together, share their problems and feel a part of a community. This is helpful because the person can often give or receive advice to help manage the problem. It also makes a person feel less isolated because of the addiction. Some of the benefits of attending recovery meetings are:
- Understanding the implications of your addiction and how to handle barriers on the road to recovery.
- Receiving help on how to handle the anxiety and depression as one manages the addiction.
- Being able to communicate feelings without being judged.
- Learning how to control and manage the addiction.
- Having the opportunity of not being alone and being around others to share personal experiences.
- Learn how to accept the addiction.
According to the Lorain County Community Health Assessment:
- 3% of the adults that they have talked to their doctor or health care provider about substance abuse options
- 5% of the adults were diagnosed or treated for substance abuse disorder.
Organizations like NA make it possible for people to get the help they need and to feel heard by others who have been down a similar road.
Traveling to SpringBoard Recovery in Arizona for Drug and Alcohol Rehab
People often choose to travel from Amherst, Ohio to SpringBoard Recovery for drug and alcohol rehab. There are numerous reasons why someone might make that decision, including:
- Some people want to find an addiction treatment program that accepts their health insurance plans.
- Some people have a desire to get away from home and focus on themselves while recovering from addiction.
- Being in a private area, if one is a public figure and the person needs to be away from public attention may want to be secluded during the individual’s recovery process.
- Finding a recovery option that is not given at nearby recovery centers that the person lives near.
- Recovering in an area that will allow them to get away from triggers that might hinder the recovery process.
Attending NA can be very helpful, and people around the world have gotten the help they need to get clean. Many have been able to stop their addiction to substance abuse and become clean.