Narcotics Anonymous Group Begins in Tumbler Ridge

Lynsey Kitching
 
Everybody needs support for all different reasons and for all different purposes. For this reason, there was an individual who spoke with other members and felt there was a need for a Narcotics Anonymous (NA) group here in town.
 
The group began meetings last Wednesday, and will take place every Wednesday from now on. The first meeting ran from eight to nine p.m., but members found it was not enough time, so from now on the meetings will be from eight to 9:30 p.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
 
There are no dues or fees to join. The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop using. No one will be turned away.
 
There are two different kinds of NA meetings, open and closed. All meetings here in town are open meeting, which means that even if you’re someone who is concerned about someone else and don’t have an addiction yourself, you are welcome to come and get information.
 
NA differs from AA because it covers addiction to all substances, including alcohol, but similarly to AA it is a12 step program based around having the support of your peers.
 
For people who have never participated in a support group, members of the group would like them to know that as a newcomer, you would be the most important person and would be welcomed, and learn how it works within the first five minutes.
 
Tumbler Ridge being a small town could cause some people to hesitate joining because they don’t want other people to talk about them or to know about their addiction; however members ensure that a big part of NA is that it’s completely anonymous. Whatever happens in the meeting stays in the meeting.
 
Narcotics Anonymous is a global, community-based organization with a multi-lingual and multicultural membership. The initiative was founded in 1953, and membership growth was minimal during the initial 20 years as an organization.
 
Today however, NA members hold more than 58,000 meetings weekly in 131 countries. The organization has no affiliation with any organizations outside of NA including governments, religions, law enforcement groups, or medical and psychiatric associations.
 
For more information about NA visit www.na.org, check for posters around town, or simply stop by the meeting on Wednesday.