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Find Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Meetings in San Jose, CA

What is Narcotics Anonymous (NA)?

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a 12-step program that was launched in 1953 to help people struggling with drug addiction find a new way to live drug-free. NA was developed as a result of the success that Alcoholics Anonymous was having in helping alcoholics to get and stay sober, as a way to specifically help drug addicts. Today, the drug of choice of program members isn’t a focus, both alcoholics and drug addicts are welcome at NA and AA. The NA program happens at scheduled meetings.

How Do the 12 Steps of Narcotics Anonymous Work?

The 12 steps are designed to take someone from a state of addiction and hopelessness to a state of empowered recovery. This transformation happens through honesty, surrender, righting wrongs, being of service to others, and engaging in spiritual practice.

The steps help people with addiction make honest assessments of their condition and come to terms with the fact that they are powerless over drugs and/or alcohol and that because of their addiction, their lives have become unmanageable. NA members are able to get out of denial and start being honest with themselves and others. Moving on through the steps, members develop a relationship with a higher power that they define for themselves. They are taught that their higher power is the one who can relieve the insanity they have been living, and that surrendering to that power is essential. Those are the first three steps. 

The next three steps are all about self-awareness, confession, and recognizing shortcomings. Working with a sponsor, someone who has longer recovery and has experience going through the 12 steps, is critical for these steps. 

Next, members have to deal with the wreckage of their pasts. They have to face their wrongdoings and do their best to make them right. The goal of these steps is to deal with the past to alleviate the guilt and shame that most addicts feel. The last three steps are considered maintenance steps. They involve consistently evaluating daily behavior and fixing the parts members got wrong. Through prayer and meditation, they strengthen their relationship with their higher power, and they work to help other addicts find the peace they have. 

Ultimately, members who work all the way through the 12 steps of NA find a new way to live – without drugs or alcohol. 

Finding an NA Meeting in San Jose

Worldwide, there are more than 61,000 Narcotics Anonymous meetings held each week. They are held in big cities, small towns, and everything in between, including the San Jose area of California. In San Jose, there are many NA meetings to choose from, at all times of the day and evening, in various locations. Anyone who is looking for a meeting in San Jose, will have options of where and when to go to find the help they need to live a happy, drug-free life of recovery.

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