Many people worldwide have benefitted from 12-Step programs during the recovery process.
Narcotics Anonymous is an easily accessible 12-Step program that can aid those struggling with an addiction onto the road to recovery.
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What is Narcotics Anonymous?
Narcotics Anonymous is a worldwide reaching community based fellowship of men and women who have or had drug problems. Narcotics Anonymous is also known as NA. NA was founded in 1953 in Los Angeles, California. NA has over 70,000 weekly meetings in 144 countries worldwide. Their books are available in 55 different languages.
Membership is not limited to those who might misuse narcotics, it is open to all addicts of any drug or combination of drugs or alcohol. NA considers alcohol a drug and does not exclude alcohol addicts. Membership is based on the desire of the addicts to change their lives and assist one another to live in complete abstinence. NA does not have professional counselors or therapists; all meetings are peer led. Membership is free but donations are accepted from members to cover costs of meeting locations.
NA is a 12-Step Program that is based on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. These programs have a spiritual base, believing that a higher power can help. To start an addict admits that they are powerless. Then they turn over control to the higher power they believe in, and admit their wrong doings. They continue to take personal inventories admitting any other additional times they have been wrong. The 12 Steps also include making amends when possible. The final step is spreading the message to other addicts in need of help.
Narcotics Anonymous meetings have helped many people abstain from drug use. They focus on making a commitment to staying clean one day at a time. Having a sponsor in NA helps addicts get clean, as the sponsors have already worked through the 12-Step process and can help addicts by sharing personal experiences and information. Most NA meetings are once a week but there is always support available if someone is in need.
There are several NA meetings available every week in Borree Corner, Arizona.
Does Borree Corner, Arizona Have Drug Addiction Treatment Needs?
Based on the Pinal County Community Health Needs Assessment released in October of 2020, there is a need in Borree Corner for addiction treatment.
- 56% of those surveyed in the report said that they, a family member, or a friend has experienced alcohol abuse or addiction
- 44% of those surveyed reported that they, a family member, or a friend have experienced drug related circumstances. For example, misuse, addiction, or overdose
- Opioid overdoses totaled at 363 overdoses from June 2017 to November 2019, 313 were non-fatal, 50 overdoses were fatal. Of those 16 overdoses were youths between 14 and 17 years old.
- In 2018 39.1% of 8th graders had used alcohol and 11.6% had used prescription drugs
- In 2018 54% of high school seniors had used alcohol and 10.4% had used prescription drugs
- Of youths surveyed a percentage had reported binge drinking (5 or more drinks in a row) within the last 30 days
-7% of 8th graders
-5.6% of 10th graders
-10.4% of 12th graders
- 83% of those surveyed believe the most significant risky behavior in the community is drug abuse
- 70% of those surveyed believe the next most significant risky behavior in the community is alcohol abuse
- 81% of those surveyed reported they, a family member, or a friend having at least one mental health condition
- 66% of people have dealt with depression
- 66% of people have dealt with anxiety
- 33% of people have had suicidal thoughts
- 28% of people are dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- 24% of people have had struggled with self-harm
- 22% of people actually attempted suicide
Can Support Groups Help People Recover From Drug Addictions?
Many people believe that to successfully recover from a drug addiction, a person needs to go through detox or inpatient therapy at a drug and alcohol rehab. This may be true for those who were very heavy users or were addicted for a significantly long time. That decision is for each individual to make for themselves.
Some people may have only used a few times and realized they had become addicted. Some people may not have used much of a substance and have a mild addiction. A 12-Step support group like NA may be the right fit for them. NA may also be a good fit for someone who has completed an inpatient rehab program and would like continuing support.
How Can Someone Tell if They are Addicted?
If someone can answer yes to some or all of the following questions, they may be addicted to drugs or alcohol:
- Do they use a drug as soon as they wake up or before going to bed?
- Have they ever taken one drug to overcome the effects of another?
- Have they ever lied to a doctor to get prescription drugs?
- Do they avoid people that do not approve of drug or alcohol use?
- Have they ever lied about how much of a drug they have used or what kind of drug they used?
- Have they ever decided to buy drugs instead of paying a bill that was due?
- Do they feel like they cannot live without their drug of choice?
More Information About Recovery Meetings in Borree Corner, Arizona is Available
Anyone struggling with an addiction needs help, SpringBoard Recovery can provide that support. Recovery support groups can help many people, in addition to NA meetings there is information available for: