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What is Narcotics Anonymous?
Narcotics Anonymous is a global, community based organization with a multilingual and multicultural membership. It was founded in 1953. There are 76,000 meetings held in 143 countries today. NA provides support to men and women who have become addicted to drugs. Men and women who attend NA meetings regularly say that belonging to this nonprofit fellowship has helped them to stay clean. This fellowship is not connected with any other organization. People who attend these meetings do not need to make any promises, sign any contracts, or pay any fees.
People who are new to NA meetings may be nervous to attend meetings.They do not know what to expect at these meetings. Showing up early and staying later to ask questions will help you get the most out of the meetings. Here are some guidelines of how NA meetings are conducted:
- The purpose of these meetings are to help recovery addicts stay clean.
- At each meeting, participants work on the 12 steps of NA.
- It is a place for recovering addicts to share their journey with each other.
- NA literature is the basis for the program.
- NA is not concerned for the types or amount of drugs used; the focus is on the ways that addiction and recovery affects our lives.
- NA meetings are not counseling meetings or classes; people share their recovery stories and their personal experiences with addiction and recovery.
- NA meetings are often held in churches, treatment centers or other affordable facilities. This fellowship is not affiliated with any other organization.
- NA meetings are completely confidential. People are asked to not share names of other members or their stories outside of the meetings.
- There are no fees or membership dues. The members are asked to make voluntary contributions to help with the low cost of holding the meetings in a facility.
- Meetings are usually discussion meetings or speaker meetings. In discussion meetings, members take turns sharing about their journey toward recovery. They are asked to limit their share time to 5 minutes to allow everyone a chance to share. Speaker meetings allow 1 to 2 people to speak the whole time.
- Newcomers and visitors are asked to introduce themselves by their first names. They are usually greeted with a hug or handshake.
- Most meetings end by gathering in a circle to pray or to do a NA reading.
- Members are asked to share only once in the meetings to ensure everyone who desires get a chance to share.
- Members are encouraged not to cross talk; meaning they share their own experiences rather than respond to other people’s experiences.
- Some groups discourage members from going into explicit details of using drugs. They are asked to focus on how recovery has affected their lives.
- Newcomers are encouraged to focus on listening so they can identify who would be a good sponsor or friend for them.
- Some groups have a short break for refreshments, talk, and smoke.
- Drugs and/or drug paraphernalia are prohibited.
- There is no harassment, threats, or bullying behaviors allowed by members of NA groups. If someone feels harassed or threatened, they are encouraged to tell a trusted leader.
- Side conversations are discouraged because it is distracting to other members.
- Cell phones should be turned to silence in the meetings so others do not get distracted.
- Many groups greet and dismiss by hugging one another. If people are not comfortable with hugging, they are encouraged to say so.
NA is a safe place in which people are able to share their addiction with other people who have struggled with addictions. By sharing experiences, people can find strength and support to get through their struggles.
Statistics for Drug Addiction in Maricopa County
In the Maricopa County Community Health Needs Assessment report, it is stated that:
- 55% of people living in Avondale, Arizona struggle with drug addiction.
It is their top health issue, followed by 44% of their population having mental health issues.
- As of September 30, 2019 the total overdose deaths in Maricopa county were 1,078.
- In 2019, 91% of overdose deaths involved more than one drug.
- 92% of overdose deaths were considered to be accidental.
- The majority of the overdose deaths involved the abuse of opioids, methamphetamines, or alcohol.
- Over 75% of all opioid overdose deaths involved prescriptions opioids and fentanyl.
- Most of the overdose deaths consisted of people in the 35-44 age group.
There is an urgent need for people living in drug addiction to receive help and support to break free of their addiction.
Get More Information About Recovery Meetings in or Near Avondale, AZ
At Springboard Recovery, it is our mission to give people the support and encouragement they need to fully recover from their addiction. It is vital that if you are struggling with an addiction to reach out and contact us. We have qualified staff and health professionals that can help you decide what you need to do to start your recovery.
The reality is that not everyone is a candidate for drug and alcohol rehab. This is a decision you cannot make alone. You must seek the help of medical professionals to determine if you need the help and support of a drug rehab. Some people benefit by going to outpatient care. There are also support groups that can help you stay on track. These support groups do not take the place of individual counseling. These groups do provide encouragement to continue in recovery. They provide friendships and sponsors for added accountability.
Avondale, Arizona has many options available to people who are seeking freedom from their drug addiction. There are also programs that support and bring encouragement to loved ones who need to learn how to navigate this journey with their family members.
Would you like to know more about the recovery meetings in the Avondale, Arizona area? Please contact us today.