Tri-Cities-NA is a group of Narcotics Anonymous Meetings in the Tri-Cities area of Tennessee. Tri-Cities-NA is currently serving the following Bristol TN, Kingsport TN, Elizabethton TN, and Gate City VA. Narcotics Anonymous is a 12 step program of recovery from the disease of addiction, the obsessive, compulsive behavior, not the disease of a specific drug. The basic premise of the NA 12 Step program is that people can help one another achieve and maintain abstinence from the substances or behaviors to which they are addicted. They can do this by attending recovery meetings in which they share their experiences with one another and support each other in the ongoing effort of maintaining abstinence. Our message of recovery is that an addict, any addict, can stop using drugs, lose the desire to use, and find a new way to live. That no addict need ever die from active addiction. "We have never seen a person relapse who lives the Narcotics Anonymous program" Baic Text Chapter 7 Recovery And Relapse.
Narcotics Anonymous recovery program meetings can be either "open" or "closed." In open NA recovery program meetings, anyone may attend, including those who are interested in the group and how it works or who want to attend to support a loved one. Closed NA recovery program meetings are only for recovering addicts.
It's natural to be a little intimidated before going to a meeting, but just remember that everyone was once where you are. In fact, NA members are all recovering addicts who want to help others in their recovery program. Meetings are usually either discussion or speaker meetings. In discussion meetings, members share their personal stories of addiction and recovery as they relate to their lives. In speaker meetings, one or more members is asked to share for the majority of the meeting. In discussion meetings, members may share as much or as little as they feel comfortable with, keeping in mind and being courteous of time constraints. New attendees aren't required to share, though they are usually welcome to if they so choose.
The NA recovery program is not based in any religion, but are rather grounded in spirituality. This refers to a higher power without defining what that is, as it can be different for everyone. Parts of the NA recovery program meeting usually include references to "God" and a prayer at the closing of the meeting. However, some people replace "God" with "higher power" or "good orderly direction." The higher power aspect is meant to be a set of guiding morality and strength and is not based on any religion.