Members of Narcotics Anonymous (NA) would like to let the community of Phoenix know that individuals facing problems with drug addiction need not suffer alone.
Narcotics Anonymous offers free support to anyone with a drug problem. Anyone who feels they want to stop using drugs may join NA, regardless of which drug was used. There are no fees, dues or charges to joining NA or attending meetings.
The organisation claims their value lies in the value of addicts working together with other addicts, members sharing their successes and challenges in overcoming active addiction and living drug free and productive lives.
Narcotics Anonymous started in the 1980’s in South Africa and a handful of meetings were running. Today, NA has 303 meetings running every week across South Africa. These are support meetings for persons who feel they have a drug problem and want to stop using drugs. In NA, there is a programme that guides recovery.
If you’re an addict or think you might have a drug problem, NA suggests a meeting every day for at least 90 days to get to know NA members and the programme. In each meeting, new members are welcomed with a handshake and a hug. They are then provided with pamphlets and a welcome key tag.
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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.
Regardless of what you may be taking when you first come to NA, you are welcome. In most places, it is customary for members to gather in a circle to end the meeting with a short prayer or NA reading. Though you may hear prayers in meetings, it is a spiritual, not religious programme.
Narcotics Anonymous itself is a non-religious programme of recovery. Each member through the 12 steps are introduced to some spiritual principles and apply these principles to everyday life. Narcotics Anonymous is not affiliated with other organisations, including other 12 step programmes, treatment centres, or correctional facilities.
NA does not employ professional counsellors or therapists nor does it provide residential facilities or clinics. Additionally, the fellowship does not offer vocational, legal, financial, psychiatric, or medical services.
Meetings are often held in churches, treatment centres, or other facilities, because these places tend to be affordable, available, or convenient. NA is not a part of or connected to any other group, organisation, or institution.
Narcotics Anonymous is entirely self-supporting and does not accept financial contributions from non-members. All donations are entirely voluntary and given by members that are able to contribute.
Based on the same principle, groups and service committees are administered by NA members, for members. NA’s primary purpose is in providing a recovery environment in their meetings, whereby recovering drug addicts can share their recovery experiences with one another.
Should you require more information, visit the website on www.na.org.za or call the helpline on 083-900-6962 to find the closest meeting to you.