It has been shown, through both scientific and anecdotal evidence, that peer support and group therapy often make the difference when a person is in addiction recovery. For many people seeking recovery, having access to both a source of practical advice for dealing with the problems of recovery and moral support for keeping on the path to sobriety is an enormous help.

Alcoholics Anonymous, also known as AA, and Narcotics Anonymous, usually called NA by its members, are peer support groups that have long served as cornerstones of recovery. Many addiction treatment plans in Middletown, Ohio include regular attendance at AA or NA meetings. So how do these meetings work, and what can a new member expect from them?

AA Meetings In Middletown, Ohio

Alcoholics Anonymous was established in 1935 to help those struggling with alcohol addiction. AA was designed around equality and respect; no one would need to pay to get in, expected to be educated to a certain degree, or judged for their personal problems. Instead of scolding and smashing barrels with axes, AA used the twelve step program, a framework that was designed to walk alcoholics through self-awareness to self-improvement and a better understanding of how their actions affect those they love and those in their community.

AA has been growing ever since, in large part because it provides a set of tools that can be used by leaders and group members in an enormous variety of ways. AA meetings can be run by religious leaders, trained counselors, or experienced members of the group, and there are almost as many kinds of meetings as there are groups of members. This makes self-awareness when seeking an AA meeting particularly important.

Finding AA Meeting Near Me

Before you attend an AA meeting, you should first consider what you most need out of that particular meeting. Meetings are designed around the needs of their members, which means some meetings, for example, frown on any form of addictive behavior, which includes smoking. Some will be more like group therapy, discussing not just alcohol abuse and dependency but its possible root causes in the lives of individual members of the group, while other groups may focus more on the present and reassembling lives.

Most meetings will have a website or other literature available, and you also may be able to sit down with the leader of a meeting and discuss your needs. You can also “audition” a meeting, to determine if it is right for you, provided you abide by the rules of respectful open-mindedness and self-awareness.

Some locations for AA meetings in the Middletown area include:

12 & 12
Soule Solutions Basement
1060 N. University Blvd.
Middletown, OH 45042

Living Sober/Beginner’s Meeting
Soule Solutions Basement
1060 N. University Blvd.
Middletown, OH 45042

Agape Christian Care Center
1095 N. Service Rd. W.
St. Clair Township, OH 45011

Other meeting locations can be found on the Alcoholics Anonymous website.

NA Meetings In Middletown, Ohio

Due to its success with helping alcoholics remain sober, AA quickly found itself with not just alcoholics, but people addicted to drugs, a problem that became more intense as narcotics, both legal and illegal, improved. As a result, NA was formed as a sister organization to better assist those suffering from substance abuse and dependency outside of alcohol.

NA is similar to AA in a number of ways. It uses the same twelve step framework, with adaptations, and is free to attend, requiring only an open mind and respect for everyone in the group. This frees NA up to have a variety of meetings, with a variety of goals and focuses.

Finding NA Meetings Near Me

When seeking an NA meeting, either on your own or part of a recovery program designed with a counselor, you should consider what will make you most comfortable in the group setting. Some meetings, for example, focus more on a specific narcotic, such as opiates, as they present a set of problems unique to that substance. Others will take a more general approach or will focus on something the majority of the membership needs. This means auditioning a meeting, reading its literature, and engaging with leadership is heavily encouraged.

Here are some NA meeting locations to get you started:

Recovery on the Hill
Vineyard Church
2470 Princeton Rd.
Hamilton, OH 45011

Clean and Serene
Traditions Clubhouse
1307 Woodlawn Ave.
Middletown, OH 45044

Hugz Not Drugz
Resurrection Lutheran Church
1270 N. Broadway St.
Lebanon, OH 45036

You can find additional meetings in the area on the Narcotics Anonymous website, where you can search by zip code.

No matter which meeting you attend, though, it is an important step towards recovery and sobriety. By working with others, and accepting their support, you can stay on the path to sobriety. Reach out to The Recovery Village today to find out more about support group meetings in the Middletown area.