There are several NA meetings being held in Milwaukee every week.
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Vets Place Central
Times: 6:00 pm
Address: 3330 W. Wells St. Milwaukee, WISee Map , Online , Facebook
Mount Calvary Lutheran Church
Times: 5:30 pm
Address: 503 Schmidt Ave. Rothschild, WISee Map , Online , Facebook
Our Savior Lutheran Church
Times: 9:30 am
Address: 3022 W. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee, WISee Map , Online , Facebook
Behavioral Health Complex
Times: 10:00 am
Address: 9455 W. Watertown Plank Rd. Milwaukee, WISee Map
What is Narcotics Anonymous?
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a 12-step based support group. Modeled after Alcoholics Anonymous, this group is for those who have an addiction to drugs. NA considers alcohol a drug, so those who struggle with drinking are welcome to attend.
NA began in Los Angeles, California in 1953. Today there are groups worldwide, and the NA literature has been published in 55 different languages.
This is a peer-based group. Meetings are not led by medical professionals or therapists. The groups are not connected to any medical, religious, or government agency.
What to Expect During an NA Meeting
There are two types of NA meetings.
Open meetings are for anyone to attend. Those who do not have an addiction can come to the meeting to support friends or family members. They are there only to observe, not to add to the discussion.
Closed meetings are only for those who have an addiction, or people who think they might have an addiction.
In addition to the types of meetings, there are specific formats. Each group will decide what format to follow for their members. Some groups may stick to one kind of meeting. Other groups may change formats week to week.
NA Meeting Formats
Newcomer meetings- These meetings are led by a couple of the more experienced group members. They will share their personal experiences in NA and their recovery. Sometimes they may answer questions from the new members if there is time. This could also be run as a separate meeting before or after the main group.
Participation meetings- The group leader allows members to share their experiences on any topic related to recovery.
Speaker meetings- At a speaker meeting, specific individuals share their experiences. This could be just one member, or a couple of members. The topics are always recovery-related.
Question and answer meetings- Each member of the group will write down a question or discussion topic on a slip of paper. All of the papers are added to a basket. The group leader will pull out a slip of paper and read it out loud. Then they will choose a volunteer to share their experience on the topic. This continues until the meeting time is up.
Topic discussion meetings- During this type of meeting, the leader chooses a recovery-related topic for the group to discuss. They may ask another member for a topic, but they are always recovery-related.
Study meetings- At a study meeting, the focus could be one of the twelve steps or twelve traditions of NA. Another possibility is a discussion based on an NA-approved text.
Why is Attending Addiction Recovery Meetings Important?
Having a solid support system is needed for successful addiction recovery. Very few people can stop their drug or alcohol addiction alone.
Narcotics Anonymous is a peer support group. This means everyone there has dealt with addiction. They all understand the difficulties involved during the recovery process. They each encourage one another to stay clean from drug use.
Drug Use Statistics for Milwaukee
The Milwaukee County Community Health Survey Summary lists data based on a telephone survey of people across the county. The survey results from 2018 include:
- 32% of the people surveyed reported binge-drinking in the past month.
- 27% of the people surveyed believe illegal drug use or prescription drug abuse is the top community health concern.
The City of Milwaukee Community Health Survey Report from 2018 showed that inside the city the binge-drinking rate was 35% in 2015 and 2018. That is an increase from 32% in 2012. In 2009 the binge-drinking rate in Milwaukee was 19%.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services website lists opioid-related deaths by county.
In Milwaukee County, the opioid deaths numbered at:
- 2014 – 212 deaths
- 2015 – 218 deaths
- 2016 – 288 deaths
- 2017 – 301 deaths
- 2018 – 289 deaths
- 2019 – 326 deaths
- 2020 – 424 deaths
The number of emergency room visits for opioid overdoses in Milwaukee County:
- 2014 – 472 emergency room visits
- 2015 – 651 emergency room visits
- 2016 – 798 emergency room visits
- 2017 – 1,011 emergency room visits
- 2018 – 790 emergency room visits
- 2019 – 797 emergency room visits
The number of emergency room visits for long term alcohol-related problems in Milwaukee County:
- In 2014 there were 9,743 ER visits.
- In 2015 there were 10,642 ER visits.
- In 2016 there were 10,671 ER visits.
- In 2017 there were 11,729 ER visits.
- In 2018 there were 14,567 ER visits.
- In 2019 there were 9,719 ER visits.
- In 2020 there were 8,708 ER visits.
In 2020 there were 687 deaths attributed to alcohol in Milwaukee County. That is the highest in the state for that year.
The Substance Use County Services Dashboard on the Wisconsin Department of Health website provided the following numbers for Milwaukee County in 2020:
- 1438 people used services for help with an alcohol problem.
- 1262 people used services for help with a cocaine problem.
- 1131 people used services for help with an opioid problem.
- 715 people used services for help with a marijuana problem.
Traveling to Arizona for Drug and Alcohol Rehab
Many people are traveling to attend drug and alcohol rehab now. It is not uncommon for people to even go out of their home state to find a program that will work for them. Some reasons people travel for rehab can include:
- Wanting a high level of privacy.
- Finding the best program that will meet their recovery needs.
- Finding a program that is covered by their insurance plan.
- They are looking for a type of therapy that is not offered locally.