There is nothing more powerful when overcoming a challenge or putting a negative behavior in your past than to be able to speak with people who understand. Peer support and group therapy have been shown, both clinically and anecdotally, to be among the most powerful tools for overcoming substance abuse. As a result, the path to sobriety and recovery in Palmer Lake often includes finding such a meeting as an important step.
Alcoholics Anonymous, generally called AA, and Narcotics Anonymous, better known as NA, have helped millions of people across the world win the battle against addiction. Many people attend their first AA or NA meeting as part of a substance abuse treatment program in Palmer Lake, but for those new to these groups and how they function, understanding them can be intimidating. So, what are AA and NA, how do they function, and how do you find the ones that are right for you?
AA Meetings In Palmer Lake, Colorado
AA meetings in Palmer Lake are designed to provide a safe, judgment-free space where those battling with alcohol addiction can meet to share their stories, their struggles, and their successes. AA meetings are open to anyone who has had or who currently has an alcohol addiction. Meetings are completely free, and there are no requirements regarding educational level, economic status, political ideation, or age. Though the founding principles of AA, better known as the 12 Steps, have a spiritual component, you do not have to be religious to benefit from AA meetings.
Rather, the 12 steps act as a framework to help those struggling with alcoholism to make progress toward living their best, alcohol-free lives. By sharing your story and listening to others share theirs, you will find that you are not alone and that you can successfully achieve and maintain lasting sobriety.
Finding AA Meetings Near Me
When looking for an AA meeting, the first step is to consider what you most need out of an AA meeting. This can be done independently or in concert with a substance abuse counselor. For example, if you are working on other mental concerns as well as alcohol abuse, you may want to find a meeting that is run by a licensed counselor or psychiatric professional, who has the expertise to discuss those issues. If you would instead prefer to discuss those issues using individual one-on-one sessions, you can find a meeting that does not focus on that.
Most AA meetings will have leadership or a long-term member accessible to discuss how they operate their meetings and to candidly discuss your concerns. Confidentiality is part of the process and is carefully protected even if you do not go to a meeting. They will also have literature that will discuss the approach of the meeting and allow you to better understand if it is right for you.
Walk the Talk
2334 Vickers Dr.
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
St. Francis Medical Center
6001 E Woodmen Rd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80923
You can find other AA meeting locations near Palmer Lake on the Alcoholics Anonymous website.
NA Meetings In Palmer Lake, Colorado
NA was founded in 1953 as a sister organization to AA. The rise of illegal narcotics, prescription narcotics, and more powerful drugs outside alcohol had created a pressing need for meetings that used the framework and approach of AA, but that was capable of addressing the different concerns and needs of those seeking a path away from narcotics use.
NA also uses the twelve steps and takes the same flexible approach that emphasizes personal accountability, self-awareness, and self-improvement. However, because of the many different kinds of drugs, there are a larger number of meetings and focuses that you can find, making self-awareness particularly important.
Finding NA Meetings Near Me
When looking for an NA meeting near you in Palmer Lake, it is important to find a group with whom you can be comfortable. NA meetings work best when everyone present can open up and talk about their experiences in an honest manner and embrace an open-minded approach to support.
To find a meeting where you fit in comfortably, you may have to audition a few meetings first. This is perfectly natural and is even expected.
Fellowship Bible Church
5590 North Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918
Redeemer Lutheran Church
2221 North Wahsatch Avenue
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80907
You can find other meetings nearby on the Narcotics Anonymous website.
The Recovery Village believes in the power of peer support for addiction recovery. That is why 12-step programs like AA and NA are integral to all our treatment plans. Reach out to The Recovery Village today to find out more about peer support and other addiction treatment options in the Palmer Lake area.