Learn about the numerous resources available to help you find NA meetings near you.
How Do I Find and Attend NA Meetings in My Area?
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Is NA Right for Me?
It is important to first ask yourself if attending a 12-step program might be beneficial for your safe recovery. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Most drug addiction treatment programs encourage patients to participate in group therapy during and after formal treatment,” and one type they encourage most in participation in a 12-step group like NA. However, these programs aren’t always right for everyone.
- Want more social interaction that promotes positive life skills and goals like abstinence;
- Require more support during your recovery than you currently have;
- Feel comfortable sharing your story with others who have been through similar issues;
- Are used to being part of a church or another type of group that comes together under a similar belief;
- Want more structure in your day-to-day life that exists outside of your regular treatment program;
there is a strong possibility that NA could be very effective for you. But the best way to find out is to attend a meeting. There are absolutely no consequences of going to an NA meeting, and as stated by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, “People can attend [mutual-help groups] as frequently and for as long as they want without insurance and without divulging personal information.” So attending at least one meeting is often a good way to find out if this type of program could be helpful to you.
Finding NA Meetings in My Area
Obviously, you wouldn’t want to travel too far to attend an NA meeting, as they are short and often occur once a day (and sometimes even more frequently). Therefore, you should begin looking for a meeting somewhere in your own backyard. In actuality, these aren’t as hard to find as you would think, as many different spaces hold meetings of this type for recovering narcotic addicts.
- Churches are often popular spots for NA, AA, and other types of 12-step meetings. Because the 12 steps are somewhat religious in nature, many churches sponsor meetings frequently. However, you do not have to be religious to attend NA or any 12-step group for that matter, and the steps themselves can always be modified to better fit your particular situation.
- Sometimes, colleges and universities offer NA and other types of recovery meetings. These can either be sponsored by the college itself or by another party. If you live close to a campus, it could be beneficial to find out if a meeting is being held nearby.
- Libraries and other types of government buildings sometimes offer 12-step meetings as well.
- Outreach centers and clinics are also very likely to have NA meetings on the premises.
If you are still unsure as to whether or not a meeting may be taking place at a particular facility, it never hurts to ask. You can find out about a number of programs that are available at specific places (such as outreach or community centers) by calling and asking what they offer. However, it can sometimes be even easier to find these particular programs by doing a search of the specific area in which you live.
Many websites have search platforms where you can plug in your information and find the meetings closest to you. One of the most reliable of these is available on the Narcotics Anonymous Organization’s Website.
You can find the soonest, closest meetings available near you, or search for another particular option. Finding NA meetings in your area is not as difficult as you might have previously thought, especially after doing a little research.
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While a program like NA can be extremely beneficial for addiction treatment, it is still important to attend a well-rounded, professional program for recovery in order to achieve the best results possible.