AA Meetings and NA Meetings in Boynton Beach, Florida
With recovery from substance abuse and dependency, there is no more powerful tool than a sympathetic ear. “Going it alone” is not recommended for any number of reasons when it comes to addiction and substance dependency. The most basic reason is that it can be isolating to feel like you are the only one going through this experience, especially if stopping substance abuse means avoiding certain social contacts or even certain family members.
Alcoholics Anonymous, AA for short, and Narcotics Anonymous, or NA, are organizations that provide those sympathetic ears through group therapy and peer support. They offer a place to discuss concerns about sobriety and recovery frankly, but they are also resources to find new coping strategies to avoid by using drugs and drinking. Especially for those new to sobriety, or those who know that sobriety, once attained, is constant work to maintain, peer support and group therapy are invaluable resources.
Some people attend their initial AA or NA meeting as part of a drug rehab program in Boynton Beach or surrounding areas, but you can find several standalone meeting locations as well.
AA Meetings In Boynton Beach, Florida
Part of the reason recovery from alcohol abuse and dependency can be such a process for so many people is that alcohol is legal, socially acceptable, and widely available. Furthermore, being intoxicated is socially acceptable in many contexts, or even demanded by social groups or in certain contexts. Alcohol is treated as a “social lubricant,” and that can be difficult for alcoholics to avoid.
AA was founded in 1935 to provide both a framework for recovering from alcoholism and to create a different social space for recovering alcoholics. AA is built on a program known as the twelve steps, which is designed to guide alcoholics through a process of self-awareness, responsibility, accountability, and ultimately healthier patterns of behavior that are good for both the alcoholic and those in their social orbit. Created with the belief that social services and therapy should not be limited to the rich, AA meetings are free, do not require taking any sort of class or reading any sort of literature to begin attending, and are held in a variety of public spaces. To successfully participate, AA asks that all prospective members enter with an open mind, a willingness to listen to others in the group, and the willingness to develop better self-awareness and use that self-awareness as a tool to improve.
Another aspect of AA is that each meeting is different, structured by the leader of the group and the membership of the group and their needs. Group leaders do not need to be trained in any form of psychiatry, although it is not uncommon for therapy-focused AA meetings to be led by a trained professional.
Finding AA Meeting Near Me
Paramount in any successful attendance to AA is ensuring that you are attending a group that fits your needs. There are a number of approaches to running a meeting, so anyone considering attending a meeting should write out what circumstances will make them most comfortable. Smokers, for example, should check that the meeting is smoking or non-smoking; while smokers cannot light up indoors, of course, some AA meetings frown on smoking cigarettes, viewing it as a form of addiction.
Once potential members know what they need, they can contact the leader of the group and discuss it, or they can “audition” a meeting, where they attend a session and determine if it will be useful in their journey. This is a common process and even encouraged, as part of self-awareness is knowing what you want and what you do not.
Here are some locations for AA meetings in the Boynton Beach area:
- New Life
- Church of our Savior
- 2011 N. Federal Hwy.
- Boynton Beach, FL 33435
- Boynton Beach Group
- First Methodist Church
- 101 N. Seacrest Blvd.
- Boynton Beach, FL 33435
You can find other AA meetings in the area using the Alcoholics Anonymous website.
NA Meetings In Boynton Beach, Florida
Over time, AA found itself with more people struggling with different forms of substance abuse. This was because much of what AA taught and used in its meetings was and is applicable to other forms of substance abuse. However, there was enough that was different about the forms of substance abuse that some felt that AA could not fully meet their needs. So, in 1953, NA was formed to address the rising concerns about drug addiction.
NA has some strong similarities to AA, even decades later. It still uses the twelve-step method and has the same ease of access and style that defines AA. It also encourages self-awareness, self-improvement, open-mindedness, respect, and honesty with members of the group.
Finding NA Meetings Near Me
Also similar to AA, there are as many NA meetings as there are group leaders and members of a particular group. As a result, the start of any search for a good peer support group or ongoing group therapy session will similarly need to start with the needs of the individual. Substance abuse counselors may be particularly helpful, especially for the newly sober, who need to develop a full awareness of their support and their needs, and may transition from group therapy in a long-term facility to a more outpatient facility as they rejoin the world.
Here are some NA meeting locations in Boynton Beach:
- Our Promise
- Church of Our Savior
- 2011 South Federal Hwy.
- Boynton Beach, FL 33435
- Out of the Closet & Into the Light
- Lambda North
- 18 S. J St.
- Lake Worth, FL 33460
Peer support and group therapy are fundamental to sobriety. There is no need to go it alone when there are others to help you. Call The Recovery Village today to discuss AA and NA meetings in the Boynton Beach area.