Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous

The Make Up of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous | Narcotics Anonymous Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are made up of individuals from all walks of life. There are a couple of reasons for this; one is because addiction has no preferences and two is because some people are forced to go to these support group meetings.

Addiction Has No Favorites

Addiction can happen to anyone, it doesn’t matter whether they are a janitor or a doctor, or what their race is, or their culture, this is the reason why you will find all different types of people at these meetings. Some have no choice in the matter, they may have to go because they were court mandated, made to go by their employer, or it just may be part of their treatment plan.

Whether you go to Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous because you want to or not, you will get something out of these meetings. Everyone has a different story to tell and at some point, a person’s story will relate to someone in that meeting.

The people that are involved in Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are there to help keep themselves clean as well as helping out the newcomers that attend these meetings. Their involvement may also consist of being a member of a homegroup and/or to offer sponsorship to someone that is looking for a mentor.

Why AA or NA?

When you get right down to it, people go to these meetings because they want to stop drinking and/or using drugs. These people have come to a conclusion that they need help and Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous is a place where they can find it.

There have been many people who have attended these meetings that were in denial, thought that they didn’t have a problem or were made to go and found out that they do have a problem and decided that they need help. Some have left that were still in denial only to end up coming back in the future when they realized that they do have a problem and need help.

There are those that will not attend these meetings because they are under the impression that Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are religious programs. They have what they call the 12 steps and these steps help a person to grow spiritually. They do say the Serenity prayer at the beginning of the meeting and the Lord’s prayer at the end of the meeting, but no person is obligated to participate in saying these prayers.

About the Twelve Steps of AA and NA

The 12 steps are there to help people recover from the damage that addiction has done to their life inside and out. They will help an individual make their life more manageable and teach a person how to cope with everyday problems that may arise in one’s life.

When a person learns how to deal with their thought process, their emotions and make behavioral modifications, their chances of relapsing will decrease dramatically. It’s the path to recovery and the 12 steps work only if you are willing to work them. It has been proven time and time again that by working these steps, people have been able to live a much happier life and free from addiction.

Helping Someone Get to a Meeting

You yourself may not have a problem with alcohol and/or drugs, but you may know someone that does. If this is the case, you may want to invite them to attend an open meeting with you. You don’t have to mention to them that you think that they have a problem because they may feel offended and get resentful. You can think of another reason why you would like them to go with you.

On the other hand, you may have to help them see that they have a problem. Speak softly and discuss with them why you think that they have a problem. You can use video or a recorder to show a person how alcohol and/or drug abuse affects them when they use.

Whatever approach you may consider using, do not make the person feel that they are being attacked, this could make matters worse and trigger them into using. It’s the nature of the addiction.

Try to empathize with a person that is recovering from addiction, they may not make it the first time around and they are going to need all the support that they can get. They have a lot to deal with in the first year of recovery.

Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are just that, they are anonymous. You don’t have to disclose anything about yourself at these meetings. No one will force you to do anything. For the beginner, you may want to find meetings that have a large attendance, you will feel more relaxed as opposed to a meeting where there are only about ten to fifteen people.

For a list of meetings in your area, you can check out these two sites: Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings or Narcotics Anonymous Meetings