People with substance abuse problems often do well when they join Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. These meetings offer a lot of support. SMART Recovery is another option, and those meetings are not based on the 12-Step program.
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What is Narcotics Anonymous?
Narcotics Anonymous, or NA, is a society of men and women who have a major drug problem. They have regular meetings to help each other stay clean. Their interest is in what the person wants to do about their problem and how they can help out. They do not focus on what or how much of a drug is used. They are a non-profit, self-supporting group.
More information about NA meetings:
- NA follows The Twelve Steps of NA. This is the basis of recovery.
- NA meetings are not the same as group therapy and are not classes. It is a group of people sharing their personal experiences with addiction and recovery.
- Churches and treatment centers are affordable places for NA meetings to be held. They are also usually available and convenient. This does not mean that NA is affiliated with the group or organization where the meetings are held.
- There is an expectation of anonymity so members are asked not to talk about other members or what they share outside of the meeting time.
- NA meetings are free to attend. However, there are costs involved in holding the meetings so members can make donations at meetings if they want to. NA asks non-members not to contribute because it is a self-supporting organization.
- Everyone is welcome at NA meetings, regardless of what stage of recovery they are in.
Narcotics Anonymous helps millions of people all over the world every year. There are over 75,000 meetings in 143 countries held every week. With multiple meetings available in one city, there are many opportunities for someone who struggles with drug use. With the support that is offered through the meetings, an addict will often find the right fit for them.
The Eloy area has several NA meetings every week.
The Need for Drug Addiction Recovery Treatment and Support in Eloy, AZ – Statistics
According to the Pinal County Community Health Needs Assessment from 2020:
- 53% of people thought substance abuse and addiction is one of the top health problems in the community. Only mental health was higher at 57%.
- 83% of people listed drug abuse/misuse as the top risky behavior, which has the greatest impact on overall community health.
- Opioid overdoses from June 2017-November 2019:
- 363 opioid overdoses, 50 of them fatal.
- 60% of the opioid overdoses were males.
- 14 infants were born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), which is withdrawal from certain drugs.
- 16 adolescents (14-17 years old) experienced an overdose. 73% of these were male.
- In 2018, 11.6% of 8th graders used prescription pain relievers. This includes using as prescribed.
- This number for 12th graders in that year was 8.4%.
- 15.7% of youth reported using marijuana in a 30 day period.
- 81% of people reported that either themselves, a friend or a family member struggles with at least one mental health condition. This is often directly related to substance abuse.
- 66% reported depression
- 66% reported anxiety
- 33% reported suicidal thoughts
- 28% reported post-traumatic stress disorder
- 24% reported self-harm
- 24% reported attempting suicide
Are Support Groups Or Professional Treatment Better?
While drug and alcohol rehab treatment is a great addiction recovery resource, it is not the only one. Some addictions may not be severe enough to need professional treatment. Some people may thrive in a group meeting setting. This decision is one that needs to be made by the individual based on their needs and circumstances.
Support group meetings can work well for those who:
- Have already had professional treatment or already in a rehab program.
- Have a strong support system at home.
- Have a mild addiction.
- Have a short addiction time-frame.
- Has no history of relapsing.
These can be some benefits of support groups for those who decide they want to attend meetings:
- They are with other people in similar circumstances.
- They can decrease feelings of loneliness and isolation
- They can talk openly and honestly about their addiction and their feelings about it.
- They can improve their skills to cope with the challenges surrounding addiction.
- They can stay motivated to stick to treatment plans.
- They can get a sense of empowerment, hope and control.
- They can improve their understanding of addiction and their experiences with it.
- They can get feedback about addiction.
- They can learn about other resources available to them.
There could be some risks with attending group meetings. These could include:
- Group members who are disruptive or generally do not follow the rules. NA does not allow drugs or drug paraphernalia of any kind at their meetings and there is always a possibility of someone breaking this rule or others.
- Some people could dominate the conversation with griping.
- Someone could break confidentiality.
- There could be interpersonal conflicts.
- There could be inappropriate advice.
- There could be competitive comparisons of each other’s experiences.
While there are risks, the benefits outweigh these and NA helps many more people than it hinders.
Get More Information About Recovery Meetings in the Eloy, AZ Area
At SpringBoard Recovery, our goal is to help every who struggles with addiction get the help they need. The fact is, not everyone needs drug and alcohol rehab. Going to outpatient support groups could be exactly what is needed. In addition to getting information about Narcotics Anonymous meetings, information is available for:
There are many addiction recovery resources available in the Eloy, AZ area for those who need them. Programs to help loved ones get through these hard times are also available.
Would you like more information about the recovery meetings in and around the Eloy area? Please contact us today.