So what are support groups all about? Put simply, support!
When people enter into recovery, particularly for the first time, everything can seem incredibly new. We may be doing things that we have never done before. Or doing the same old things, but they feel different without the drugs. We face new challenges. Confront new fears. Having a support group means we have others around us who have been through, or a going through, the same things.
Why all this support?
Support groups, as you may have heard in a number of the videos, are vitally important for many people in recovery. The particular emphasis on on-going support is for people when they leave treatment – regardless of what sort of treatment they do. Yet support groups are also extremely beneficial before going into treatment.
There are a range of different support groups available in New Zealand. These may include church support groups, recovery networks such as peer support, or continuing/after care groups at treatment centres – to name just a few. One of the biggest support groups for people recovering from drug addiction is Narcotics Anonymous or NA.
Narcotics Anonymous is a society of men and woman who regularly meet to help each other get, and stay, off drugs. They are a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to help people get clean. There is no membership fee and they are not connected to any other agency or group of any kind. The members of NA – you’re a member when you say you are – don’t care about your background, what drugs you used, who you’re connected to or what you have, they only want to help you to find recovery from drug addiction. There is only one requirement for membership: the desire to stop using drugs.
NA is run by it’s own members and have meetings worldwide. Narcotics Anonymous involves working a 12-step programme of recovery, which for thousands of men and woman around the world has proven to be effective for living a happy, productive drug free life.