Narcotics Anonymous (NA) was started because of the success of the 12-step program, Alcoholics Anonymous. NA offers support to individuals who are trying to stop using drugs or maintain sobriety. The program was started in 1953 and now has a presence in about 130 countries worldwide. Like AA, there are no dues or fees to attend NA. The program works as a fellowship in which recovering addicts help other addicted individuals learn to live a drug-free life.
Narcotics Anonymous focuses on a complete abstinence from drugs and alcohol, the type of substance is not important. Anyone struggling with addiction is welcome to attend.
In Orange County, Narcotics Anonymous serves Buena Park, Irvine, La Habra, Costa Mesa, Brea, Newport Beach, Fullerton, Tustin, Los Alamitos, Huntington Beach, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Yorba Linda, Santa Ana, Placentia, Orange, Anaheim, Westminster, Stanton, and Garden Grove. There are many meetings every week in different locations and with different formats, such as discussion meetings and speaker meetings.
Most people who decide to go to 12-step meetings like NA or AA have some apprehension before going the first time. It’s important to remember that everyone had to go to their first meeting at one point, and that members of NA or AA are all recovering addicts who are there to get help and to help others who want to stop using substances. NA groups provide a welcoming, caring, and nonjudgmental environment for fellow addicts.
The meetings in NA are typically either discussion meetings or speaker meetings. In discussion meetings, there is often a topic that’s brought up by a member who needs help in a certain area or by the chairperson of the meeting. Members share if they have something that they want to contribute, but no one is required to share. In speaker meetings, a member of NA usually shares their story of addiction – what it was like, what happened, and what it’s like now – for the majority of the meeting time.
In NA meetings, everyone is welcome to share their experience, strength, and hope with the group, sharing as much or as little as they are comfortable with. The sharing is done one at a time, and crosstalk (talking directly to another member) isn’t allowed. Rather, if someone wants to talk to another member, they can do so before or after the meeting. Meetings are usually an hour long and they begin and end on time.
There are more than 61,000 NA meetings held every week around the globe. They are found in big cities and small towns and everything in between – including many in Orange County. Anyone who is looking for an NA meeting to attend shouldn’t have any trouble finding one. There, they will find the support, camaraderie, and hope that they need to live a fulfilling life clean and sober.
True Life Recovery is a drug alcohol rehab center in Orange County, California and we have created a very clinical but also comfortable treatment program for those new to sobriety to get started successfully on the path to long-term sobriety.
At True Life Recovery in Orange County, you will detox from drugs or alcohol safely with our caring staff of medical professionals and counselors there to help you every step of the way.
At True Life Recovery, our relapse prevention program in Orange County will help you develop crucial skills while changing the areas of your life that will promote lifelong recovery.
True Life Recovery in Orange County offer case management to ensure that you have the support you need through your entire journey from treatment, recovery, and prevention.
Answer: Addiction is a complicated, irrational and multi-faceted disease. Addiction is a chronic disease of the brain that is persisting, recurring and difficult to stop.
Addiction is not a moral failing or a lack of will power. Nobody chooses to be an addict.
Experimenting with drugs and alcohol may lead to addiction in certain people. People basically use drugs or alcohol to relax, escape or reward themselves. A potential addiction occurs and is more likely in people who have an addictive personality caused by biology, environment or socially or are predisposed through heredity. These people don’t just feel good after using they feel so good they chase the feeling and the substance.
Answer: If you cannot control or stop using alcohol or drugs and your use is affecting your life adversely regarding health, self-esteem, family, employment, friends even law enforcement it’s probably time to consider a recovery program for yourself.
The first step after deciding to take control of your life back is to detox. Detoxing from an addiction is the first step in changing your life.
A “cold turkey” approach is not recommended because of the physical problems that may arise. In our experience people who try going cold turkey usually disappoint themselves and relapse. Detox should never be attempted at home or without medical supervision at a licensed detox treatment facility.
At True Life Recovery, we medically manage your detox stay and provide you with as pain-free and safe experience as possible. We manage the physical effects of withdrawal, give you a safe comfortable supportive environment with proper food and emotional support.
Answer: When an individual determines to live life clean and sober the first step is detox.
The next phase is adjusting to abstinence. Lasting recovery means behavioral changes that support your journey. Talking it out in a private or public support system will assist in recovery.
Active involvement in support groups such as AA or NA are recommended.
There are many drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers also available to assist individuals to learn new coping skills and focus on their recovery. As well, your religious organization may be of great support.
Addiction is a chronic disease, therefore the goal is a long-term successful management of the disease.
Answer: Detoxification from drugs or alcohol varies depending on the type, the level of abuse, and the individual client’s health.
In general, detox will take 3 to 10 days.
When you speak with one of our True Life Recovery in Orange County representatives they will begin to assess your dependency and will give you a good idea of what timeline to expect to stay.
Answer: Our Orange County program costs include 24-hour supervision and monitoring, room and board in a private or shared room, intake evaluation, counseling and therapy sessions as well as nutritious food freshly prepared daily.
Answer: For anyone worried that the wrong person will find out that you are going through a detox program – don’t be. Deciding to become clean and sober is a very personal issue and we highly respect individual rights. We do not give out personal information, have and maintain a very strict confidentiality policy.