- Written by Marcel Gemme C.C.D.C
How Narcotics Anonymous Works in British Columbia, NA Meetings BC
One of the great things about being a drug addict and living in British Columbia is that there are lots of opportunities to get the treatment that you need to overcome your addiction. Not only do you have lots of different residential and outpatient programs to choose from, there are also lots of Narcotics Anonymous meetings that all of the recovering addicts can attend.
When drug addicts started to notice how well the Alcoholics Anonymous program was working, they promptly wanted to have a similar program. The first Narcotics Anonymous meetings were held in the 1940's. Since those first meetings the program has helped millions of drug addicts all over the world.
One of the reasons that many people feel that the Narcotics Anonymous program is so successful is because it is a spiritual program. The program is set up in such a way to help addicts establish a relationship with a higher power. Although the program frequently uses the name God, they are not associated with a particular denomination and every drug addict, no matter what their religion, is more than welcome to attend the meetings.
The reason that Narcotics Anonymous feels that spirituality is such an important part of the recovery process is because if the addict truly believes in a higher power, they will realize that they are never alone. No matter how bad life gets, there is going to be someone or something that they can lean on for support.
When a person goes through theof recovery which the Narcotics Anonymous program is based on, they will find three different places where spirituality is emphasized. In order to help overcome a dependency on drugs the individual needs to commit themselves to being more open minded, be willing to better themselves, and to be honest When a person is honest the program wants them to be honest about themselves as well as to others.
Another thing that the Narcotics Anonymous program relies heavily on is support. The organization seems to feel that if a person feels like they are all alone in the world they are more likely to start using drugs again than if they are able to turn to someone. This is the reason that the drug addicts are provided with sponsors. The sponsor is always someone who has been drug free for quite some time. They are also someone who has to be willing to put up with interruptions at all times of the day and night. The purpose of the sponsor is to provide support whenever it is needed. Sometimes this support is nothing more than offering a casual hug or willing ear. At other times the support might take the form of an intervention is they suspect the person they are sponsoring has relapses.
All of the drug addicts in British Columbia are invited to attend as many meetings of Narcotics Anonymous as they want. There is no charge and the addict does not have to worry about being judged. The British Columbia Narcotics Anonymous meetings provide a safe environment provide a safe environment for the addicts to discuss the demons that they are fighting.
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