Narcotics Anonymous is a 12-step based peer support group. This organization has helped numerous people with drug addiction recovery.
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What is Narcotics Anonymous?
Narcotics Anonymous, also known as NA, is a worldwide reaching community-based fellowship of men and women who have or had drug problems at one time. Founded in 1953 in Los Angeles, California, NA has over 70,000 weekly meetings in 144 countries worldwide. Their books have been published in 55 different languages.
Membership is open to all addicts of any drug or combination of drugs or alcohol, it is not limited to those who only misuse narcotics. NA considers alcohol a drug and does not exclude alcohol addicts. The only requirement for joining is the desire of the addicts to change their lives and assist one another to live in complete abstinence. There is no cost for membership, but donations are accepted from members to cover costs of meeting locations and anything else that may be needed by the group.
Narcotics Anonymous does not have professional counselors or therapists; all meetings are peer led. NA is a 12-step Program. The 12-step program is based on the Alcoholics Anonymous 12 steps. 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. They use prayer and meditation to seek guidance. The 12 steps also include making amends when possible, as long as it will not cause additional injury. The final step is spreading the message to other addicts who are looking for recovery.
Narcotics Anonymous is not connected to any religious, political, or law enforcement group. Anyone may join, no matter their age, race, or sexual orientation. While the principals are spiritual in nature no specific religious beliefs are required. A person can be from any religious background or have no religious background at all. What matters is the desire to stop using drugs.
Narcotics Anonymous meetings have helped many people abstain from drug use. The focus is staying drug free one day at a time. Most NA meetings are once a week but there is always support available if someone is in need. Having a sponsor in NA helps people get clean, as the sponsors have already worked through the 12-step process and can help addicts by sharing personal experiences and information.
There are several NA meetings available every week in Gila Bend, Arizona.
Are there Drug Abuse Recovery Needs in Gila Bend, Arizona?
The answer is yes. The Arizona Department of Health Services lists emergency room visits related to drug use and cases where people had to be admitted to the hospital for at least one night due to drug related issues. The following numbers are for the year 2018:
- 11,513 emergency department visits related to opiate use statewide
- 7,159 emergency department visits related to opiate use in Maricopa County
- 18,967 hospital admissions related to opiate use statewide
- 12,278 hospital admissions related to opiate use in Maricopa county
- 14,713 emergency department visits related to amphetamine use statewide
- 9,183 emergency department visits related to amphetamine use in Maricopa county
- 18,396 hospital admissions related to amphetamine use statewide
- 12,838 hospital admissions related to amphetamine use in Maricopa county
- 2,440 emergency department visits related to cocaine use statewide
- 1,490 emergency department visits related to cocaine use in Maricopa county
- 3,383 hospital admissions related to cocaine use statewide
- 2,210 hospital admissions related to cocaine use in Maricopa county
The Coordinated Community Health Needs Assessment For Maricopa County listed additional statistics about alcohol and drug use.
- There were 1304 drug related deaths in Maricopa County from December 2017 to November 2018
- 89% of drug overdose deaths were determined to be accidental
- There were 1078 drug overdose deaths in 2019
- 35.8% of those survey believe that drug abuse is one of the most important unhealthy behaviors that needs to be addressed in the community
- 49.9% of those individuals surveyed believe that alcohol abuse is one of the most important unhealthy behaviors that needs to be addressed in the community
- 16.1% of adults surveyed reported binge drinking in Maricopa County in 2017
Signs of Drug Addiction
- Someone continues to take a prescribed drug after it is no longer needed for the health issue
- Someone spends a significant amount of time thinking about using a drug, how to get more of the drug
- Someone borrows or steals money to get more of a drug
- Hiding the drug use or the effects of drug use from others
- Change in sleeping habits
- Someone loses interest in things they used to enjoy doing
- Someone goes to more than one doctor to get prescriptions
- Searching other people’s medicine cabinets for drugs
- Mixing prescription drugs with other drugs or alcohol
- Bloodshot eyes, blood noses, tremors, slurred speech
- Withdrawing from friends and family, becoming secretive
Are Support Groups Like NA Enough Recovery Help?
Every person struggling with an addiction has different recovery needs, what works for one person may not be enough help for someone else. Anyone that has a severe addiction should consider professional help from a drug and alcohol rehab program. Peer led support groups can be excellent for someone that has already completed an inpatient program. A person with a mild addiction can also benefit from a peer led support group.
Other Support Groups are Available in Gila Bend, Arizona
SpringBoard Recovery can help people that are fighting all different kinds of addictions. In addition to Narcotics Anonymous groups there are: