Central Ohio Area of Narcotics Anonymous

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Area Office Hours






Monday

4-6 PM

Tuesday

3-6 PM

Wednesday

5-6:45 PM

Thursday

3-6 PM

Friday

10AM - 1PM Will be closed 09/29

Saturday

10AM - 1PM

Sunday

CLOSED








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1313 East Broad Street,
Columbus, Ohio 43205
Phone: 614.252.1700

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Narcotics Anonymous is a nonprofit, international, community-based organization for recovering addicts, which is active in over 131 countries. Narcotics Anonymous (NA) members learn from one another how to live drug-free and recover from the effects of addiction in their lives.



If you have considered recommending Narcotics Anonymous to someone who has a drug problem, you may have a few questions about our organization. This pamphlet is designed to answer those questions.


Who are the members of NA?


Anyone who wants to stop using drugs may become a member of Narcotics Anonymous. Membership is not limited to addicts using any particular drug. Those who feel they may have a problem with drugs, legal or illegal, including alcohol, are welcome in NA. Recovery in NA focuses on the problem of addiction, not on any particular drug.


Anonymity


The basic premise of anonymity allows addicts to attend meetings without fear of legal or social repercussions. This is an important consideration for an addict thinking about going to a meeting for the first time. Anonymity also supports an atmosphere of equality in meetings. It helps insure that no individual’s personality or circumstance will be considered more important than the message of recovery shared in NA.


NA Meetings


NA’s primary approach to recovery is its belief in the therapeutic value of one addict helping another. Members take part in NA meetings by talking about their experiences and recovery from drug addiction. NA meetings are informally structured, held in space rented by the group, and are led by members who take turns opening and closing the meeting. NA meetings and other services are funded entirely by member contributions and the sale of recovery literature. Financial contributions from non-members are not accepted.


How does NA work


Addicts helping each other recover are the foundation of NA. Members meet regularly to talk about their experiences in recovery. More experienced members (known as sponsors) work individually with newer members.


The core of the NA program is the Twelve Steps. These “steps” are a set of guidelines outlining a practical approach to recovery. By following these guidelines and working closely with other members, addicts learn to stop using drugs and face the challenges of daily living.


Narcotics Anonymous is not a religious organization and does not mandate any particular belief system. It does teach basic spiritual principles such as honesty, open- mindedness, faith, willingness, and humility that may be applied in everyday life. The specific practical application of spiritual principles is determined by each individual. Recovery in NA is not a miracle cure that happens within a given period of time. It is a process, ongoing and personal. Members make an individual decision to join and recover at their own pace.


Rate of growth


Since no attendance records are kept, it is difficult to estimate what percentages of those who come to Narcotics Anonymous ultimately achieve long-term abstinence. The only sure indicator of our success is the rapid growth in the number of Narcotics Anonymous groups over the last several years and the rapid spread of Narcotics Anonymous outside North America.


In 1978, we had fewer than two-hundred registered groups in three countries; in 1982, eleven countries had 1,200 groups; in 1993, 60 countries had over 13,000 groups holding over 19,000 meetings; in 2002, 108 countries had over 20,000 groups holding over 30,000 meetings; in April 2008, 130 countries had over 50,000 weekly meetings; as of May 2010, it is estimated that there are over 58,000 weekly meetings in 131 countries.


NA survey results


The following demographic information was gathered from a survey completed by approximately 12,000 NA members. The survey was made available at the 2009 World Convention of NA in Barcelona, Spain, in our international journal, The NA Way Magazine, and on our website:


Addicts helping each other recover are the foundation of NA. Members meet regularly to talk about their experiences in recovery. More experienced members (known as sponsors) work individually with newer members.


Age


2% of the respondents were under 20


14% were between 21 and 30 years old


22% were between 31 and 40 years old


34% were between 41 and 50 years


24% were between 51 and 60 years


4% were over 60 years old


58% of the respondents were male


42% of the respondents were female


How survey responsdents found Narcotics Anonymous


Respondents could check more than one answer


49% introduced through treatment/counseling centers


47% introduced through another NA member


31% introduced through NA literature


29% introduced through a family member


Ethnic Diversity


The ethnic diversity of our membership seems to be representative of the geographic location. However 2009 survey was made available at WCNA in Barcelona, in our international journal, The NA Way Magazine, and on our website. When we conducted this survey in 2009 in Barcelona, Spain, 73% of respondents were Caucasian, 10% were African-American, 10% were Hispanic, and 7% were other. In 2002 in Atlanta, Georgia, 49% of respondents were Caucasian, 39% were African- American, 4% were Hispanic, and 8% were other.


NA in the community


Volunteer committees of NA members are formed to coordinate many services within the community. NA accepts no financial contributions from non-members, has no professional counselors and maintains no clinics or residential facilities. Below is a list of services that NA may offer.


Community Awareness Meetings may be conducted by NA members to inform the community of the existence of Narcotics Anonymous and its available services.


Health Fairs and Conferences are events conducted by professional organizations at which NA may have a display booth and/or presents information at a workshop.


Presentations are often provided to churches, parole officers, judges, counselors, nurses, doctors, and schools, among others, for information purposes.


Public Service Announcements can provide information about NA distributed to the public via the media (press, radio, television, billboards, bus signs, and posters).


Meeting Lists, which are locally produced schedules that contain times of and locations for meetings in the community are generally available.


Services to Hospitals & Institutionsare provided by local committees through meetings/presentations to introduce those people attending to some of the basics of the Narcotics Anonymous program. They carry the NA message of recovery to addicts who do not have full access to regular NA meetings. Meetings or presentations are provided to hospitals, jails, addiction treatment facilities, detox centers, and other institutions.


Literatures Services may provide local meeting information and general information about NA.


Phoneline Services include a variety of books, pamphlets and audiotapes, some in Braille or large-type editions. Narcotics Anonymous literature is published in English and several other languages.


How to contact Narcotics Anonymous


In many communities, Narcotics Anonymous is listed in the white pages of the telephone directory. Many phoneline numbers and meeting locations can be found on our website at www.na.org. Phonelines are staffed by recovering addicts, or by a service that can contact recovering members. Phone services are primarily designed to help addicts find meetings close by. Other information may be available through the phoneline, as well. A phoneline call is a good place to start if you have further questions about NA.


If there is no phoneline in your community, or if you have questions about Narcotics Anonymous, contact NA’s World Service Office at the address shown below. The World Service Office can provide information about meetings or other services, as well as a catalog listing all of NA’s recovery literature.


NA World Services, Inc.


P.O.Box 9999


Van Nuys, California 91409 USA


Tel. 818-773-9999 Fax: 818-700-0700


Website: www.na.org