10 Aug The Narcotics Anonymous Community in New Hampshire and its Impact
Created in 1953, Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a community of men and women who meet regularly to exchange their stories and find strength in each other to overcome challenges involving drug abuse or addiction. The program identifies as spiritual and not religious. It is shaped by 12 steps and traditions, which are adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous. Membership is free and requires individuals to demonstrate a genuine desire to stop using drugs. Their message is to encourage a life of recovery for any addict; that to prevent the use of drugs and to find a better way to live is possible for anyone.
When did NA start in New Hampshire?
In New Hampshire, NA was established in the 1980s and has continued to grow as an organization. Identified by two main areas, i.e., the Granite State Area and the Seacoast Area, there are more than 60 meetings that take place in a week, with more meetings organized every time. Both these areas are members of the Northern New England Region of NA.
What happens at an NA meeting?
NA meetings typically occur in publicly available spaces for rent and take on a range of formats such as a discussion group, study session, speaker session, rotating format and more. You can choose to attend a meeting that suits your needs best. During such a meeting, no attendance is taken and it can last up to 1.5 hours.
If you attend an NA meeting for the first time, you will observe that attendees freely interact with each other and a warm welcome is given to any newcomer. In addition, NA makes available useful free resources such as information booklets and flyers to its members. The individual hosting a meeting will open the session with any important updates or announcements or a moment of silence. The rest of the time is spent on members talking about their life experiences, observations, or opinions on a particular topic. Remember, sharing is voluntary and must be of your own choosing.
Support in the community
NA in New Hampshire makes efforts to involve the community and spread the positive message of recovery from a life of drug addiction or abuse. They provide a 24-hour helpline 1-888-NA-Help-U (888-624-3578) for those seeking support or looking to speak with a recovering addict for more information.