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Ever been to Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous?

April 28, 2015 Addiction, Naturopathic Medicine, Recovery coaching by Aaron Van Gaver

Has your drinking, or drug use become an issue? Are you looking support or a support network to help you quit and get sober?   

Alcoholics anonymous (AA) and Narcotics anonymous (NA) are international fellowships for men and women who have had a drinking or drug problem.  They are both non-professional, self-supporting foundations almost everywhere in the world.  There is no age requirement and membership is free and open to anyone who wants to do something about their addiction problem.  Both AA/NA members share their experience with anyone seeking help with their drinking/drug problem; they give person-to-person service or “sponsorship” to every person coming to AA/NA.

The primary purpose of AA/NA is to carry its message of recovery to those seeking help.  The treatment tries to help the person maintain sobriety. It serves as a source for personal experience and to be an ongoing support system for those that are recovering from alcohol or drug addiction.  

“It is a 12 step program based on a group of principles and is spiritual in nature.  It is practiced as a new way of life, and to expel the obsession to drink/take drugs and allows the person to become happily and usefully whole.”  Both AA and NA are based on a 12 step program which includes regular attendance at group meetings.  The group atmosphere provides help from peers and offers ongoing support for addicts who wish to maintain an alcohol/drug free lifestyle.

Alcoholics Anonymous (www.aa.org) and Narcotics Anonymous (www.na.org) websites both provide excellent resources and information in regards to dealing with addiction and it also includes resources to help find a group/meeting location near you.