"Just imagine a place where lives destroyed come to life, personality and shattered reunite broken families are reconciled. A place where those who suffer the terrible tragedy of drug addiction is accepted free of charge, lovingly and immediately. Without preliminary talks, promises or excessive pronouncements. A place where those who want to stop using drugs - but does not know how - can find help from anyone who has had his own problem and want to take care of him or her for pure spirit of solidarity, respect for the individual, his freedom and the his anonymity. A dream? A trick? A few perfect? No, that place and those people are a reality for all those who want to get off drugs, a reality that is called Narcotics Anonymous and that from 1980 is also present in Italy. "
(From "The drug of solidarity")
What is Narcotics Anonymous?
Narcotics Anonymous is an international not-for-profit organization for recovering addicts who live inserted in the social reality, present in more than one hundred countries around the world. Party in 1947, the NA movement is one of the oldest and most extensive of its kind, with around 58000 weekly meetings in 131 countries. The members of Narcotics Anonymous (NA) learn from one another how to live drug-free and how to recover in their lives from the effects of addiction. If you thought to indicate Narcotics Anonymous to someone who has problems with drugs, or are planning to attend a meeting, you might ask yourself some questions about our association.
Who are members of NA?
Anyone who wishes to stop using drugs can become a member of Narcotics Anonymous. There are restrictions on social, religious, economic, racial, ethnic, national, gender or social class to be a part of NA. Membership in Narcotics Anonymous is completely voluntary; They do not keep records of registration or partici-pation or for members, or to anyone else. The members live in society and participate in the meetings according to their time availability. There are no dues or fees to pay to attend meetings. Membership is not limited to employees who use a particular drug. All those who think they can have a problem with drugs, legal or illegal - including alcohol - are welcome in NA, because the recovery in Narcotics Anonymous focuses on the problem of addiction, and not of a drug in particular.
The fundamental condition of anonymity allows employees to attend meetings without fear of legal or social repercussions. This is an important consideration for an employee who first thought of going to a meeting. Anonymity also allows an atmosphere of equality in meetings. Finally, it helps to ensure that neither the personality of an individual or special circumstances are considered the most important message of recovery shared in NA.
In Narcotics Anonymous approach to recovery it is convinced of the therapeutic value of an employee who helps another. Members participate in the meetings of Narcotics Anonymous speaking of their own experiences and their own recovery from addiction. The meetings of Narcotics Anonymous. are not rigidly structured, they are held in a place rented by the group and are carried out in turn by a member that opens and closes the meeting. The meetings of Narcotics Anonymous and other services are funded entirely by voluntary contributions from members and from the sale of recovery literature; are not accepted contributions from people who are not members of Narcotics Anonymous Most Narcotics Anonymous meetings are held regularly throughout the week at the same time and the same place, usually in a public facility. There are two basic types of meetings: those open to the public and those closed, reserved for an employee who believes or thinks he has a problem with drugs. In turn are divided into meetings participation, questions and answers, theme, with speakers or a combination of these modes. The purpose of a meeting is always the same: to provide a suitable environment and trustworthy for personal recovery.
How does NA?
Employees who help each other in the recovery form the foundation of Narcotics Anonymous. Members meet regularly to share their experiences of recovery. Members with more experience (called sponsors) work with newcomers individually. The Twelve Steps are the core of the Narcotics Anonymous program. These "steps" are a set of guidelines that indicate a practical approach to recovery. By following these guidelines and working closely with other members, employees learn to stop using drugs and to face the trials of everyday life. Narcotics Anonymous is not a religious organization and does not endorse any particular creed. It suggests instead of spiritual principles such as honesty, open-mindedness, faith, goodwill and humility, principles that can be applied in everyday life. The practical application of these principles is left to the freedom of the individual. The recovery in Narcotics Anonymous is not a miracle cure that acts within a given period of time, but is a continuous process and individual. Members took personally the decision to join and recover at their own pace.
How it is NA
To stay focused on its primary objective, Narcotics Anonymous has established a tradition of non-endorsement. This means that, as an organization, does not comment on matters pertaining to its specific sphere of activity. Narcotics Anonymous does not express opinions, either for or against, on issues civil, social, medical, legal or religious, nor take position on issues collateral to addiction. NA does not oppose even the use of drugs, stating only that if an employee has a desire to stop, Narcotics Anonymous is ready to help. The 'Association is totally self-financed and does not accept financial contributions dall''esterno. By the same token, it is generally understood that the service committees are coordinated by members, for members. NA does not endorse or oppose the philosophies or methods of other organizations, believing that his only expertise consists in providing a structure which allows each addict to share his recovery with others.
How to contact Narcotics Anonymous
In many cities the addresses of Narcotics Anonymous can be found in the telephone directory. And 'available a phone line run by the employees or by a service that can contact recovering members. Phone services are used primarily to help employees seeking the nearest meeting. Through the phone service you can get more information; a phone can be a good way to start, if you have questions about NA. On this site is also a form of contact, through which you can ask for more information.