There are many NA meetings being held in Appleton every week.
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What is Narcotics Anonymous?
Narcotics Anonymous is a 12-step based drug recovery support group. It began in Los Angeles, California in the 1950s. The group now has thousands of meetings available worldwide.
Narcotics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who have or had addictions to drugs. NA considers alcohol a drug, so people who want to end an alcohol problem are welcome to join NA.
There are NA meetings each day of the week in or near Appleton.
NA is a peer-run group. The meetings are not run by a medical professional. NA is not connected to any other group or agency.
Meetings are always free. Donations are accepted from members to cover rent for the meeting space or any other costs.
What Happens at a NA Meeting?
It is common for anyone to be nervous the first time they go somewhere, or try something new. The Welcome to Narcotics Anonymous pamphlet says no one comes through the doors of NA by mistake. The pamphlet also suggests anyone who is not sure about the program to come back.
There are two basic types of NA meetings. Open meetings and closed meetings. Open meetings are for anyone to attend. Those who do not have an addiction can come to support a loved one.
A closed meeting is only for those who are addicts or believe they might have an addiction.
Each meeting will follow a specific format. The group decides which format to follow for each meeting.
NA Meeting Formats
Some groups may have a single format they follow. Other groups might rotate the format week to week. The formats include:
- Participation meetings– The leader opens the floor to members to share on any topic related to recovery.
- Topic discussion meetings– The leader chooses a topic for discussion or asks another member to choose a topic. The topics are always recovery-related.
- Study meetings– These meetings have a specific topic to discuss. It could be a reading from an NA-approved text, or a focus on one of the twelve steps or twelve traditions.
- Speaker meetings– These meetings have one or more specific speakers sharing their recovery stories or experience.
- Question and answer meetings– Members are asked to write down recovery-related questions and add them to a basket. The group leader will pull a question, read it out loud and ask for someone to share their experience related to the question.
- Newcomer meetings– These meetings are run by two or three of the group’s more experienced members. They share their experience with recovery in NA. If there is time, questions may be asked and answered.
Why is Attending Recovery Meetings Important?
For most people, it is difficult to stop using a substance they are addicted to. Being in contact with others who have successfully stopped using drugs and alcohol makes a serious impact.
In Narcotics Anonymous everyone encourages each other to live a clean lifestyle every day. This kind of encouragement is extremely important when the temptation for using a substance comes.
Drug and Alcohol Statistics in Appleton
The Outagamie County Community Health Survey Report from 2018 provides information for Outagamie County and the Tri-County area that Appleton is part of. The report shows the following statistics:
- 19% of the people surveyed in Outagamie County, and 18% of the people surveyed in the Tri-County area said illegal drug use was a top community health issue.
- 13% of the people surveyed in Outagamie County, and 14% of the people surveyed in the Tri-County area said alcohol use or abuse was a top community health concern.
- 10% of the people surveyed in Outagamie County, and 9% of the people surveyed in the Tri-County area said prescription or over-the-counter drug abuse was a top community health concern.
- 24% of the people surveyed in Outagamie county, and 26% of the people surveyed in the Tri-County area reported excessive alcohol use in the last 30 days.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services website lists some more statistics:
- There were 25 opioid overdose deaths in Outagamie County in 2020.
- There were 21 emergency room visits for opioid overdoses in Outagamie County in 2019.
- There were 78 deaths due to alcohol in Outagamie County in 2020, the county ranks 9th in the whole state.
- In 2020 there were 687 emergency room visits and 952 hospitalizations related to long-term alcohol use in Outagamie County.
- The Substance Use County Services Dashboard shows that people in Outagamie County received services for the following substances in 2020:
- 75 people used services for help with alcohol use.
- 44 people used services for help with amphetamines use.
- 38 people used services for help with marijuana use.
- 20 people used services for help with opioid use.
- 13 people used services for help with cocaine use.
Traveling to Arizona for Drug and Alcohol Rehab
At first, traveling all the way to Arizona for addiction recovery might seem odd. Today traveling out of state to a drug and alcohol rehab program is very common. Connecting with the right program is a key part of the recovery process.
There are several good reasons to travel to SpringBoard Recovery for help:
- A change of scenery can encourage a more positive mindset.
- Needing a high level of privacy during the recovery process.
- Connecting with a program that offers a holistic approach to recovery.
- The need to stay away from influences that could cause a relapse.
- Finding a program that is covered by insurance, SpringBoard Recovery can verify benefits first.
- A local program may have limited therapy options, what helps one person might not work for someone else.