What can I expect at an NA/AA meeting?

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SaraC13
October 31st, 2014 1:48pm
A supportive environment with like minded people, who are all at different stages of their addiction. Some used before the meetings others haven't in 30 years. There may be a little praying since many meetings are connected to religion or held in church spaces.
Angelwings2
November 10th, 2014 12:41am
AA/NA can be very helpful for people struggling with addiction. Every meeting has a chairperson. They will ask if anyone is new. And they will offer a desire chip or a white key tag for anyone who wants to try to stay clean and sober for 24 hours. The chair person will introduce a topic and everyone will go around the room and share on the topic. Sometimes they read from a book. If you aren't comfortable sharing you can just say, "My name is _________. I have the desire not to drink or use today. I think I will just listen." Also if they know you are know they might pass around a newcomers packet to gather phone numbers for you. Inside it will have some basic information on the program. I hope this helps.
FoundMyself
December 22nd, 2014 5:27am
You can expect not to be alone in what you are dealing with. You can also expect to have the support of others who are going through the same thing you are going through. You don't have to talk but it is highly recommended that once you are comfortable that you really open up!
Spiderman93
November 18th, 2014 10:02pm
You can expect to get advice from peers on how to get and stay clean/ sober. You also get to work in a calming environment with others that will actually understand what you are going through.
CaringPuppy1
December 3rd, 2014 6:56pm
They are normally open and have people telling their story. You should not feel pressured to talk unless you would like to. Everything said there should stay confidential as well.
BreAnna5
December 29th, 2014 1:39am
You can expect support and others that are going through what you are going through. And you can see the progress because everyone there will be in different stages of recovering.
Russell3166
January 3rd, 2015 3:05pm
Expect love and support, people who understand and know where you have been and know how to get out of it. Also expect people to know when someone is full of bull and when they are not. And most people won't be afraid to tell you.
Knowmymind
October 17th, 2014 12:56pm
You can expect a great deal of support and helpful information about what you or someone you love is going through.
HerforU2580
October 23rd, 2014 1:31pm
NA/AA is a 12 step program that provides support for you and your family lets you learn how to cope with the alcoholic
Anonymous
December 21st, 2014 9:32pm
You can expect to have your thoughts and feelings honoured, to be in a safe non-judgemental environment and to receive support.
suprqtpie3
April 1st, 2015 1:40am
A group of different people coming together for support and understanding with alcohol or drug addiction.
bestTruth96
April 6th, 2015 6:18pm
NA/AA meetings are 12 step meetings that are open to the public. Your first meeting will be a little scary. There is no pressure to talk or share your story if you are not comfortable doing so. NA and AA are peer lead meaning a person also in recovery for x amount of time will lead the meetings. Someone will read the 12 steps and 12 traditions. They will great new comers and do introductions, "Hi my name is ___ and I am an addict." There maybe a topic or a speaker meeting. A topic is where a topic is shared and people give input but not feedback to others. A speaker meeting is where one person shares their story. At the end they will give out chips. The white chip is for one day of sobriety. They will offer it once more after all the other chips and leave on the ground if you are too shy to take your chip in front of everyone. There is no pressure to pick up a chip. Meetings are about one hour long.
generousTruth77
June 12th, 2017 5:22am
Conversations include a review of the 12 steps and 12 traditions, then participants are free to share the personal experience they're‚Äč going through.
Lucia83
April 9th, 2018 10:13am
I have a couple of good friends who are still following NA/AA, even after 6 years of sobriety. I must tell you, those are the most incredible people I know. The NA/AA program, if done well and followed longterm can give you the key answers to all your questions. It may give you new purpose to your life and help you reach your goals. Do not ever be ashamed to go to NA/AA meeting. Many people just stay with their problems without taking the step to solve them. Be proud about who you are. Alcoholism/addiction is a disease and has not much to do with you but with your genes. It's up to you to take control and reach out to people who know how to fight it. It may not be easy, but as my AA friend told me: soon you will see all clearer and be happy that you took this step. Take care!