Defeat Addiction with Narcotics Anonymous
Most people recognize the Alcoholics Anonymous organization and their approach towards overcoming addiction to alcohol—but what about those addicts who struggle with not alcohol, but drugs? Fortunately there is a very similar organization for drug addicts to join that has the same intentions and goals as AA. Narcotics Anonymous is a twelve-step program modeled after Alcoholics Anonymous describing itself as a fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. The group oriented NA organization is the 2nd largest 12-step organization and the rate of growth has been rapid over the past few years. NA Groups offer an opportunity for addicts to share their struggles with a group comprised of people with similar problems in life. As of 2010 there were more than 50,000 NA meetings worldwide, so living in a city like Boston, Massachusetts (MA) makes it more likely that there will be NA meetings in the area. It is free to join and the only requirement for membership is the desire to stop using and members must meet regularly to help each other stay clean.
Narcotics Anonymous has a unique way of describing the nature of addiction. NA describes addiction as a progressive disease with no known cure which affects every area of an addict’s life: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. NA offers a 12-step program for the recovery from addiction, but the steps never mention actual drugs or drug use—rather they only refer to addiction to indicate that addicts have a disease of which drug use is one symptom. Other symptoms include obsession, compulsion, denial, and self-centeredness. The approach that NA takes toward recovery is truly a complete lifestyle analysis and subsequent lifestyle change. The fact that members are addicted to drugs is only one symptom of a mindset and habit forming lifestyle that addicts all have in common and it takes a complete transformation of thought and routine to get off of drugs and stay off of them.
There are many “NA fellowship approved” books and literature that cover a wide range of recovery related topics including questionnaires for those who think they may have a drug problem, and information for those addicts trying to stay clean while still inside hospitals or institutions. It is through readings, and group discussions/meetings, and team sponsorships that lead to effective recovery from addiction. In large cities like Boston, Massachusetts (MA) there are many people that struggle with drugs, and having a strong support group and sponsorship can go a long way in the recovery and relapse prevention. To find NA meetings in the Boston, Massachusetts (MA) area, visit the New England Region of NA here. For those who have questions about drug addiction or Narcotics Anonymous, feel free to contact Seabrook House today. Seabrook House is an internationally recognized private and exclusive inpatient drug rehab and alcoholism detoxification treatment center with facilities located in Bridgeton, New Jersey (NJ), Tioga County, Pennsylvania (PA), and New York (NY). Seabrook House builds individually influenced recovery programs and Narcotics Anonymous is an encouraged practice in the rehabilitation and post-recovery stages of addiction. Contact Seabrook House today!