Are you new to Narcotics Anonymous and have some questions? Well, we have some answers for you. Here are some questions common to those who are just beginning their recovery journey. If you have any other questions feel free to call or stop by our center today.
What Is Anonymous?
The idea behind being anonymous is meant to protect people from public judgment. It means there is a safe place for people to find recovery at their own pace on an equal journey. We don’t give out names or information to anyone.
Do You Have To Be Clean To Attend A Narcotics Anonymous Meeting?
You don’t have to be clean for your first meeting, you can come to check us out and see what we are all about. But after that, we suggest that you be clean, so you don’t interfere with our meeting or other recovery processes. No drugs or paraphernalia should ever be present at a meeting.
If you just can’t stop using drugs at the moment then keep coming to meetings anyways, don’t stop. We want to help you see what it could be like for you. We won’t turn you away if you aren’t clean.
How Many Meetings Do I Have To Go To?
There’s no mandatory number of meetings you need to go to. Go at your own pace and do what feels right. People often go to meetings when the urge to use drugs is strong. If you are looking for guidance, we suggest going to one meeting a day for the first 90 days that you are clean.
Why Do People Keep Going To Meetings Once They Are Cured?
There is no cure for addiction because recovery is a lifelong process. There will always be a weakness when it comes to drugs. Making sure you stay strong physically, mentally, and spiritually is key to being able to stay away from drugs. For many, this means continuing to go to meetings for the rest of their lives. It can also be helpful to help other addicts when you are trying to stay clean.
What Is A Sponsor?
A sponsor is a member of Narcotics Anonymous who has been clean for a few years or longer. They have experience working in the program and now want to help and give advice to others who may be struggling. They work with you in a one on one relationship and are there to be confided in.