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Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is the most well-known and widely available self-help group for drug addicts in treatment and recovery. Unlike Alcoholics Anonymous, which is limited to alcohol problems, Narcotics Anonymous is open to substance abuse problems of all kinds.

NA uses fellowship and a set of guided principles—the 12 steps—to help members achieve and maintain sobriety. The twelve recovery steps include admitting powerlessness over the addiction and surrendering to a “higher power,” which you can interpret according to your own beliefs.

A key part of a 12-step program is choosing a sponsor. A sponsor is a former addict who has time and experience remaining sober and can provide support when you’re dealing with the urge to use.

NA members attend group meetings facilitated by other members—all recovering drug addicts. Meetings take place on a regular basis, at various times, and in many different locations around the world. Members are free to attend any of the many meetings held each week.

The 12 steps

The twelve-step process involves:
•admitting that you are powerless to control your addiction or compulsion
•recognizing a higher power “as you understand it” that can give strength
•reviewing the mistakes you’ve made in the past, with the help of your sponsor
•making amends for past mistakes and wrongs
•learning how to live a new life, free from old unhealthy habits and ways of behaving
•helping fellow drug addicts Other self-help support groups for drug addiction

There are alternatives to Narcotics Anonymous for those who have other interests or special needs. These groups have different philosophies about drug addiction treatment and recovery, yet offer the same benefits of group support.

12-step groups for co-occurring substance abuse and mental health problems

Co-occurring disorders, also referred to as…...

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