November 18, 2019 AUTHOR – Phoenix Sun
Narcotics Anonymous is a free, non-profit fellowship of people for whom drugs have become a major problem.
The NA’s programme is open to addicts of all ages, nationalities, cultures, creed, gender identity, and religions.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using.
Members meet regularly at NA meetings, where they introduce themselves as addicts and try not to focus on specific drugs, but rather on the message of recovery and how to stay clean.
The meetings all have the same primary purpose: to carry the message of recovery to any addict, who may need it.
There are no initiation fees, no pledges to sign and no promises to make to anyone.
Meetings vary in length, format and focus areas, and may sometimes be aimed at specific interest groups.
The gatherings can be either closed (only members permitted) or open (family and friends are welcome to attend and listen only).
NA meetings are often held in accessible, public facilities such as church halls, libraries, and community centres.
Narcotics Anonymous is not affiliated to these entities. All meetings are run by trusted servants (recovering addicts), who volunteer their time for service. The organisation does not accept outside donations, is not affiliated to any political, law enforcement, religious, or social agencies, and is not accountable to any outside entities.
Residents are to note that Narcotics Anonymous does not conduct interventions or drug tests, report on attendance, clean time or behaviour, and does not employ professionals to provide therapy, counselling, or residential facilities to addicts, the parents, family or friends of addicts.
“If you believe you may have a drug problem, we recommend you go to a meeting near you. There is no cost to attend and no booking required. If you need help finding a meeting or more information, give our NA helpline a call on 083-900-6962 or send us a WhatsApp message on 079-592-2294 . Alternatively, you may visit our website for our regional email helplines at www.na.org.za/helpline,” said NA members.
On Tuesdays, meetings take place from 7pm to 8pm at Foresthaven Secondary, 202 Caneside Drive, Foresthaven Phoenix.
On Thursdays, the meetings are held at the King of Kings Church, 111 Acara Street, Stonebridge, from 7pm to 8pm. Saturday meetings are from 3pm to 4pm at the El Shadai Church, 99 Longbury Drive.
This article originally appeared in the Phoenix Sun on 11/18/2019. https://phoenixsun.co.za/79752/narcotics-anonymous-beacon-hope-support/