There are several Bloomington NA meetings taking place each week for people to choose from.
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What is Narcotics Anonymous?
Narcotics Anonymous is an organization that is similar to Alcoholics Anonymous. It was founded in 1953 in California. NA is an addiction recovery organization that started for those who were just addicted to drugs, but now welcomes people who are addicted to all substances, including alcohol.
NA has one requirement and this is to have the desire to live a substance free life.
The 12 steps program that was developed in Alcoholics Anonymous is bridged into the NA recovery process. NA is not connected to any political, religious, or law enforcement group. Just in case there is a concern, there is no one watching or observing the NA meetings, just the members who are looking to abstain from using.
NA meetings are places where people can gather to be in a safe place and have open discussions about issues dealing with substance abuse. The NA meeting will encourage someone to make the right decision to get clean and can come to know that they will not be judged for their past, but commended for their decision to get clean.
NA has meetings scheduled all over the United States, and there are many meetings that take place each week in the Bloomington, Minnesota area.
There are several types of NA meetings, including:
- Open sessions – These are meetings that allow families, prospective participants and others members of the community to be present during the meeting. Regular attendees are allowed to actively participate, which reduces the pressure that some new people might feel during the first meeting.
- Closed meetings – These meetings are available to anyone who acknowledges that they have a problem with addiction. These meetings are designed to give members a sense of comfort and security, to encourage members to share and socialize.
- Specific Group Gatherings – These meetings are restricted to certain group characteristics. For example there are meetings for newcomers, men and/or women only, certain religious groups and for the LGBT community.
- 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 alcohol addiction recovery, 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.
What to Expect During NA Meetings
The primary approach to NA meetings is that there is therapeutic value to addicts helping each other during the recovery process. The meetings are about an hour-long, led by a member.
The group acts autonomously, so each meeting can be different in regard to the people who attend based on the meeting type.
No one is required to share information at the meeting unless they are comfortable. When a new person attends, that person will be welcomed. They will be encouraged to focus on listening and then participate when they are ready to do so; although they will be warmly welcomed and asked to introduce themselves.
Part of recovery is sharing experience, so when a new person is ready to share, that will be the start to recovery.
When attending a meeting, this is what can be expected:
- Members will be treated with respect.
- Sharing personal information is voluntary.
- There might be a speaker that shares insight.
- Only first names are used and attendance is private.
Keep in mind that the location where the meetings are held does not mean that NA has any affiliation with that organization.
Why is Attending Addiction Recovery Meetings Important?
When attending an addiction recovery meeting, a lot of learning takes place to help one to make necessary changes. When trying to recover, the changes can feel overwhelming, but with the support of others from an addiction recovery meeting, a person can start making a plan that is personal to their recovery process.
Some benefits of attending a meeting include:
- Learning how to handle recovery when it seems nothing is changing for the person.
- Learning how to handle the unexpected anxiety that can come up during recovery.
- Sharing experiences and not feeling condemned.
- Finding a social group that will give a feeling of being connected to others.
- Having a peer group that will give a person hope and support to maintain the person through recovery.
Bloomington, Minnesota has a need for those who are addicted to substance abuse. According to the Hennepin County Public Health Community Assessment, opioid-related deaths represented an increasing proportion of deaths of all age groups between 16-64.
According to the Department of Health of Hennepin County, emergency room visits have increased for commonly prescribed opioids, heroin, and stimulants from 2016-2019.
Being surrounded by others in a NA meeting who are like-minded makes people feel more comfortable about getting help from others who have had similar situations.
Addiction recovery meetings can change a person’s life forever.
Traveling to SpringBoard Recovery in Arizona for Drug and Alcohol Rehab
People often choose to travel from Bloomington, Minnesota to SpringBoard Recovery for drug and alcohol rehab. There are numerous reasons why someone might make that decision, including:
- Traveling to a recovery center can keep a person on track.
- Going to a recovery center can broaden a person’s viewpoints because many addicts are narrow-minded in their worldviews.
- Traveling for rehab may be especially attractive to people with public jobs who might feel uncomfortable attending a program in their area.
- A new environment can change a person’s perspective on life and the treatment process.
- It makes it harder to quit the treatment process since the person has traveled a distance to get help.