Narcotics Anonymous information

2016-05-11 06:00

JUNE is Drug Awareness Month and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), a nation wide organisation is publicising that it offers free support and guidance on recovery from drug or alcohol problems.

Anyone on drugs, who wants to stop using drugs may join NA, regardless of which drug used. There are no fees or dues to join - it states its success is based on the value of addicts working together with other addicts. At meetings, members share their successes and challenges in overcoming active addiction and living drug-free, productive lives.

NA started in the eighties in South Africa and has 303 meetings running every week across the country

If you're an addict or think you might have a drug problem, a meeting every day for at least three months is suggested to get to know other NA members and more about our programme.

The journey of recovery begins with abstinence from all drugs, including alcohol. Sometimes people come to NA meetings while still using drugs, detoxing from drugs, or on drug replacement therapy and are welcomed as they have the need to stop using substances and find a new life in recovery.

Newcomers are usually welcomed with a handshake or a hug and a welcome key tag.
In most places, it is customary for members to gather in a circle to end the meeting with a short prayer or NA reading. Our

Narcotics Anonymous is a non- religious­ programme of recovery, its primary purpose is in providing a recovery environment in meetings, where anyone wanting to stop using drugs can share their experiences.

For more information, visit www.na.org.za or call our helpline to find the closest meeting to you on 083 900 6962.

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