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Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics AnonymousA way back to life in 12 steps

Established in 1953, Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is based on the 12-step program aimed to help recovering addicts regain control of their lives. It borrows most of its concepts and principles from Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). NA provides support to all those who are seeking recovery from any kind of substance abuse, including both alcohol and drugs. The group aims to create a safe environment, following the principles of anonymity for recovering individuals to share their stories and avoid any legal or social consequences.

The program includes admitting one’s weaknesses and wrongs, calling upon and surrendering to a higher power, readiness to change and sharing one’s experiences and struggles without the fear of judgment. Contrary to peer pressure, NA encourages peer support from other participants, where recovering individuals are encouraged to start making the right choices and adopt good habits that would help recovery and prevent relapse.

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NA meetings

The group requires the participants’ willingness to share and their resolve to withhold the substance of abuse. More than 61,000 meetings are conducted weekly in over 129 countries. The program holds no association with any other program or institution. Even though spirituality is a vital and integrated element of the program, NA is not a religious organization, allowing any religion or belief to be compatible with the 12 steps.

The goal of NA is to provide meetings in every global community so all addicts have an equal opportunity to attend a meeting held in their native language.

The only requirements for the group involve a willingness to share and to no longer use. The meetings are held by members in communities throughout the world, which allows people an opportunity to easily find a meeting.

As membership is exclusive to addicts, the support is provided by recovered addicts to newly recovering addicts. Meetings are either open or closed; open meetings allow for non-addict members of the public to attend while closed meetings allow addicts only and are closed off to regular members of the public.

The 12 steps

  1. We admitted that we were powerless over our addiction, that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God, as we understood Him.
  4. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. We humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. We made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. We continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us, and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of those steps, we tried to carry this message to addicts and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

How does Sovereign help

NA does not provide professional counseling or therapy, which is why it should not be considered a replacement for treatment. The meetings are meant to act as a means of support, which complements counseling. We believe that every patient’s case is unique and we do not hesitate in customizing our treatment programs based on these variations. This is why The Sovereign Health Group offers transportation to NA meetings for the residents of our programs that choose to add this support group to their recovery program. We will support you in any way during this important journey of your life.

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