Grove Neighbourhood Centre

Narcotics Anonymous

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Meetings Fridays: 7:30–9pm (19:30-21:00)

Narcotics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We meet regularly to help and support each other to stay abstinent from all mind altering chemicals. Addiction can be viewed by society in a very stereotypical way; the person sitting begging, the person on a park bench drinking or the person in an alley way using drug paraphernalia. However, addiction is a disease that can happen to anyone. It affects people of all ages, race, sexual identity and religion. Addiction does not discriminate. There are various reasons why addicts use drugs. Some of us enjoyed them, while some of us used to suppress our feelings. Some of us became addicted to prescribed medication or some of us used, initially, due to peer pressure and then could not stop. Addiction is a progressive disease and if left untreated can lead to jails, institutions or death. Our lives had become unmanageable due to our drug use. Narcotics Anonymous use the 12 steps of recovery to help us overcome our disease. Whilst we use these as an integral part of our daily lives, meetings remain paramount. One addict helping another is without parallel, this fellowship gives us hope. We learn to experience feelings, and rather than act on them, we share them with other addicts and we learn to work through our problems. In Narcotics Anonymous we learn that we are able to experiience our lives without the need to drink alcohol or use drugs. Our meetings are our lifeline, they help us stay clean and sober, connect to others and most importantly help someone who is new or struggling.