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Narcotics Anonymous has been around for a long time helping drug addicts stay clean no matter what their drug of choice is. Adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous in the late 40's NA has been helping men and women stay clean from drugs since the early 50's when the first NA meeting emerged.
Members of Narcotics Anonymous all have 2 things in common; this fellowship of men and women all realize that drugs have become a problem in their lives, and they have the desire to stop using.
They don't care what you've done in the past, how much you used or who your drug connections were. All they're interested in is to stop using, stay clean and to help others do the same thing. Narcotics Anonymous focuses on the 'disease of addiction', not any particular drug.
Thousands of men and women have successfully changed their lives around staying free from drug use because of what they've learned through Narcotics Anonymous and their members. NA offers hope, wisdom and strength to those in need and freedom from their active addiction.
There is really only one way to stay 'drug free' and that means you can't take that first drug. This is hard to do on your own. The Twelve Steps of Narcotics Anonymous offers their members a way to change, and coming to the meetings, working the program, listening, sharing and supporting each other makes a drug free life possible. It's been proven over and over again because thousands of people have done it and continue to do so.
If you're looking for a way to live life drug free come to a Narcotics Anonymous meeting, you're under no obligation, it doesn't cost anything and you can just sit and listen. Rest assured the members know what you're going through because they've all been there. They know what addiction does to your life and they know what it takes to stay clean. The most important thing is that they know what freedom from using drugs feels like now and they want to share that with anyone seeking recovery.
Narcotics Anonymous has a questionnaire you can review which will help you decide if you're an addict. A lot of addicted drug users realize they have a problem with drugs but don't think their addicted. It's important that you answer the questions honestly. These questions are for your own personal evaluation not for others to see. The Narcotics Anonymous Questionnaire was written by recovering addicts in NA so trust the fact that they know what addiction is and the behaviors associated with it.
Don't give up on yourself and don't give up on the meetings. At first most people are uncomfortable and may not get as much out of their first meeting because of that. Maybe you're still not sure if you're an addict. Do yourself a favor and give the meetings a chance before you completely make up your mind.
Remember addicts live to use and use to live, there is light at the end of this dark tunnel and members of NA will support you the whole way.Who Answers?
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If you had asked me 15 years ago if I was going to be a drug addict I would have laughed of course. I never saw it coming. I was prescribed medication after an auto accident to help me manage my pain. I didn't realize how fast I would go from getting help from pills to deal with my pain so I could live my life to living my life so I could take pills. My entire life grew to revolve around making sure I could take another pill. I found myself trying to find different pills to make me feel better because I was so used to the handfuls I was taking. Finally one day my husband told me he wanted me to get help or he would be leaving me because he couldn't handle seeing me addicted anymore. He said I was not a person anymore and he didn't like who I was. That helped me to see that I needed to stop and I knew I needed help to do it.
The rehab center helped me to find the underlying reason for my addiction to prescription drugs. They also worked with me so that I could avoid things that would cause me to repeat my addictive behaviors. I learned that simply knowing you are an addict and trying to avoid temptation is not always enough and you have to learn when to reach out for some help. They gave me those tools so that I can now live my life each day controlling where I want to take it.
When I was in high school I started using drugs recreationally. I thought that since all my friends where doing it I should do it to in order to fit in with my crowd. This lasted through high school and into the beginning of college. I was determined to do well in college and show my dad that I could be successful if I wanted to be. I found myself using more and more drugs to try and keep myself moving faster, studying more and staying awake. Before long I wasn't able to go through a single day without popping some sort of pill to get me motivated to do the work. One night I was studying for exams and I was having trouble staying focused. I knew I had to do well so I took a handful of pills that were new to me. I didn't even know what they really where but that didn't stop me. I took them anyway and ended up in the hospital.
It was in the hospital that I realized I needed help and my life could not keep going this way. I needed to stop taking pills every day just to get through the day. I wanted to start feeling and living life again but had no idea how to go about it since I had been using for so long. The rehab center helped me to get on track and stay there. They helped me to get to know myself and then provided me with the tools to keep in control of my life and away from drugs. I would be dead now if it wasn't for them.