Newfoundland's Narcotics Anonymous
Most experts agree that if someone who lives in Newfoundland is going to get over drug addiction, their best shot is to go through a series of steps. The first step is detoxification where the addict's body purges itself of the toxins. The second step is a residential drug rehabilitation program that usually lasts 28 days. The next phase is a three-month-long outpatient program where the drug addict receives additional counseling. Once the drug addict has graduated from the outpatient program they need to enroll in a support group. The best support system for recovering drug addicts is Narcotics Anonymous. The bad news is that Newfoundland doesn't have very many opportunities for the recovering drug addicts to make the Narcotics meetings. The only cities that have a formal Narcotics Anonymous chapter are South River, Labrador City, and Corner Brook. Although there aren't very many meetings, each city does have at least one weekly meeting.
While it is fantastic that Newfoundland does have some sort of Narcotics Anonymous program, it simply isn't sufficient. If a drug addict is going to continue to be drug-free, they need constant support and that simply isn't possible right now. It is in the drug addict’s best interest to see that the Narcotics Anonymous is available in every single Newfoundland city. This really shouldn't be too difficult. Drug addicts are constantly meeting one another. The chances are pretty good that they have met at least one other person during the course of their rehabilitation that was from their same hometown. The recovering addicts need to take it upon themselves to stay in touch throughout their rehabilitation. When they are completely done with the formal rehab program, they need to create their very own support unit. The purpose of the unit is to provide support whenever one of the addicts finds themselves tempted to turn to drugs. If one person is dealing with demons, it is the job of the other person to remind of all the reasons they shouldn't fall back into the same old patterns. While the support might not be as formal as the experts would like, it is still better than nothing. The system will work even better if occasionally the addicts are able to make it to one of the official Narcotics Anonymous meetings. The other thing the addicts need to keep in mind is that the more addicts they invite to join their little group, the more support everyone will be receiving. There is even a chance the recovering addicts might be able to convince a counselor to volunteer their time and help them move past their addiction and start productive and healthy lives. If a person is worried that they will not be able to create a support group for themselves when they have completed the formal rehabilitation program, the addict should talk to one of their counselors. There is a really good chance that the counselor will have a few good ideas. They might even know someone who would be willing to give the addict a lift to the nearest weekly NA meeting.