The following are the meetings for Narcotics Anonymous in the Sacramento area.
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What is Narcotics Anonymous?
Narcotics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who have battled drug addictions. It began in Los Angeles in the early 1950s. Today meetings happen throughout California, the United States, and across the globe.
There are local NA support groups in Sacramento meeting every day.
Narcotics Anonymous is a 12-step program similar to Alcoholics Anonymous. NA also considers alcohol to be a drug. People who feel that they have a drinking problem are welcome to attend.
The only requirement for being a member of a local NA meeting is the desire to stop using drugs. Members encourage each other to live completely sober lifestyles. Being a peer-based group, there are no medical professional leaders.
There is never a fee to attend the meetings. Members may donate money to help pay for the rent of the meeting place. Each group is to be self-sufficient, they do not take donations from outside sources.
What to Expect at a NA Meeting
Most people are nervous the first time they attend a meeting. The Welcome to Narcotics Anonymous pamphlet suggests for people to keep coming a few times before deciding if the group is right for them.
There are two basic types of NA meetings, open and closed meetings. Open meetings allow anyone to attend, addiction or no addiction. Closed meetings are only for people who have an addiction or think they might have an addiction.
NA Meeting Formats
There are several formats that the groups may follow during an open or closed meeting. Some groups may use the same format continuously. Some groups may have a rotating schedule of formats.
Question and Answer meetings: During these meetings, group members write down recovery-related questions and put them in a basket. The leader pulls a question and one or two people share their experience. After that, another question is pulled. This continues until the end of the meeting.
Speaker Meetings: During this meeting format, one or more speakers share their recovery experience or talk about a specific aspect of recovery.
Topic Discussion Meetings: One particular recovery-related topic is chosen and discussed for the entire meeting.
Study Meetings: A study meeting can be discussing a particular portion of NA-approved literature. It could also be focused on one of the Twelve Steps or the Twelve Traditions of Narcotics Anonymous.
Participation Meetings: The group leader allows members to share their experience on any topic related to addiction recovery.
Newcomer Meetings: These meetings give addicts new to the NA group an introduction to how the group works, and they can ask questions. These meetings might happen before or after the main meeting.
There are sometimes local NA meetings for special interest groups. This could be a meeting specifically for men, women, gay or lesbian, a certain age group, or a specific profession. These special interest groups are put together if the local NA groups believe there is a need in the community.
Why is Attending an Addiction Recovery Meeting Important?
Addictions are a hard thing to face alone. Quitting an addictive substance usually requires a lot of support. Very few people can do it alone.
Everyone that is part of a NA group has faced the struggle of addiction. They rally together to help everyone who comes stay clean from drug use. With a diverse group of experiences, they can offer support to most people.
There is a real need for addiction recovery in the Sacramento area.
Drug Use Statistics in Sacramento
A Community Health Needs Assessment done by Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento showed the following statistics for the 2019 report:
- There were 17.4 drug overdose deaths for every 100,000 people in Sacramento. That is higher than the state benchmark of 12.2 people.
- 18.9% of adults reported binge-drinking or heavy drinking.
The California Overdose Surveillance Dashboard shows the following statistics for Sacramento County:
- In 2020 there were 106 deaths related to opioid overdoses.
- There were 501 Emergency department visits related to opioid overdoses in 2020.
- There were 157 hospitalizations related to opioid overdoses in 2020
A news article from KCRA in Sacramento suggests that the number of fentanyl overdoses is underestimated in Sacramento County. In 2020 there were around 3.1 calls to paramedics every day for a suspected overdose. That totaled 1,150 calls in 2020. For 2019, there were 1,260 overdose-related calls to paramedics.
The Be Healthy Sacramento website shows that 18.8% of adults in Sacramento County reported binge drinking in the past 30 days in a 2018 survey.
The same website shows that 1.9 people died from a heroin overdose for every 100,000 people in Sacramento County in 2019. It was 1 per 100,000 in 2018. The number of heroin overdoses almost doubled in one year.
Traveling to SpringBoard Recovery in Arizona for Drug and Alcohol Rehab
More and more people are traveling to attend drug and alcohol rehab, including people from Sacramento. Traveling out of state for treatment can be beneficial for a number of reasons:
- People may be looking for a holistic approach to drug and alcohol treatment which may not be offered locally.
- Some people may need a higher sense of privacy, they may not want others to know they are attending rehab. This could be especially true for someone with a public profession, such as doctors or lawyers.
- Local treatment programs may be out-of-network for someone’s insurance. That can be very expensive. SpringBoard can verify insurance benefits before a person comes.
- A new location can feel like a fresh start in life.