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Is this true about NA?

Discussion in '12-Step Support Groups' started by DoxyMom, Jan 31, 2019.

  1. DoxyMom

    DoxyMom Community Champion

    I read somewhere that many people in NA don't like it when you're attending and you are doing MAT. They believe in total abstinence and to them, this is not that. In the article it said you can find some meetings where that is not the case or just don't tell them. For those that attend, what is your experience?
  2. Dominica

    Dominica Author, Writer, Recovery Advocate Community Listener

    @DoxyMom hey there. i'm not sure about this.... i think plenty of people go and just let others think what they want.... and others may keep it to themselves. i say if mat helps someone get off the harsher drugs, good. others may disagree... but it is really up to each person individually to decide.
  3. DoxyMom

    DoxyMom Community Champion

    Thank you for your response. The place I'm looking at does provide one on one and group therapy. They also are the place that would be giving me the meds to get off this stuff so I will see what happens, I can always keep it to myself if I go the NA route as well. I hope more people with NA experience will respond too.
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  4. Dominica

    Dominica Author, Writer, Recovery Advocate Community Listener

    i think it just varies from person to person. some people can get off the alternate med fairly easily.... others have a hellish experience trying to get off...and stay on it years and years. but, whatever will work for you and your beliefs and such.... would be good to process with an addiction specialist before deciding...

    how's your day going?
  5. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    @DoxyMom... NA as an organization doesn't have an official stance against MAT. Their only requirement for membership is "a desire to stop using." That said, individuals in NA will likely have opinions on MAT. Like @Dominica said, it varies from person to person. There's a good official NA document online called "Narcotics Anonymous and Persons Receiving Medication-Assisted Treatment." It discusses this topic thoroughly. Here's an excerpt:

    While maintaining an emphasis on the importance of total abstinence, still-using addicts are welcomed into our meetings with special encouragement to keep coming back.” (It Works, “Tradition Three”) Even though any addict is welcome to attend NA meetings, those attending NA while receiving medications to treat drug addiction may be met by welcoming, accommodating members or sometimes by members who express strong opinions about medically assisted treatment. Persons may want to remember that there are usually a host of NA meetings in a community, and we encourage them to attend several different meetings.

    Here's the link to that online document. Definitely check it out:

    Narcotics Anonymous and Persons Receiving Medication-Assisted Treatment

    Hope this helps.

    Happy Friday!
  6. DoxyMom

    DoxyMom Community Champion

    @deanokat, thanks so much for the info.
    @Dominica I'm ok, but still actively using to avoid getting sick. The hubby and I haven't really had a good talk which needs to happen. I still have to run my business but thankfully am able to work from home. This may sound like a cop out but I won't be able to get started till next week. I'm trying to figure out the best place to call. I also have to time my stopping with the timeline of withdrawal and make it happen while I'm not working. My business and my hubby have been the two reasons I've not started on my sobriety and I've cleared one hurdle, not to mention coming here. I've admitted I have a problem and need help. Now I just have to get it. I believe I can do this.
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  7. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    You're very welcome, @DoxyMom. You're taking steps in the right direction, and that's a wonderful thing. Even baby steps will eventually get you to where you want to be.

    We're here to help, support, encourage, and listen. No matter what.
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  8. Dominica

    Dominica Author, Writer, Recovery Advocate Community Listener

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  9. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    Ditto, kiddo!!! :)