If you try to fight your addiction issues alone, you are far more likely to relapse. If you have the right support and help, then you are more likely to be able to stay clean. For Alcoholics Anonymous the average member can boast of 10 years of sobriety. Alcoholics Anonymous was the stepping stone for the group known as Narcotics Anonymous.
Narcotics Anonymous is meant for those who have suffered from drug addiction. When you go to a meeting, you can meet other people with similar struggles and who also want to be clean.
The Average Meeting
Sometimes you want to know what to expect before you go somewhere. That can certainly be true about a meeting like Narcotics Anonymous. There is usually coffee and treats and a little bit of mingling before the meeting begins.
There are some openings and greetings and a chance for people to share anything. Then usually the 12 steps or traditions are recited as a reminder of their purpose and goals. The main point is that giving yourself up to a higher power can help you to stay clean.
The part that can help the most is hearing the true stories of other members and what they have gone through to stay clean. This is because it reminds you that you are not alone.
Getting A Sponsor
It is a common practice in the Narcotics Anonymous 12-step program to be offered a sponsor. A sponsor is meant to be a bit like a mentor. They are someone who has been clean for quite a while who can provide support for you while you begin the program.
This means that if you are struggling, you can call them if you feel like you might use drugs. It is usually required that they be of the same sex so that there won’t be any risk of sex or relationships.
Following the 12-steps
Narcotics Anonymous has a list of 12 steps that are meant to be followed, designed by the original founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. These 12-steps outline how you can overcome your addiction and start with admitting that you have a problem.
Some of the steps involved:
– Trust that a higher power can assist in your recovery.
– Give your life to that higher power.
– Ask the higher power for help when you are fighting your addiction.
– Make amends to those your addition has harmed.
– Help others with addiction.