The Golden Triangle Area of Narcotics Anonymous (GTASCNA) currently services Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Cambridge, Listowel, and Hanover. Meetings have been taking place in this area since the early-mid 1980’s.
Today, the Golden Triangle Area has daily meetings in most parts of our area. These NA meetings are hosted by more than 20 different Groups. LIST OF MEETINGS
What is Narcotics Anonymous?
NA is a non-profit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. We are a global, community-based organization with a multi-lingual and multicultural membership.
The Narcotics Anonymous (NA) message is “that an addict, any addict, can stop using drugs, lose the desire to use and find a new way to live.”
The NA meeting is the primary vehicle for delivering the NA message of recovery. Another way that NA helps members in their recovery is through NA literature, which is now published in over 39 languages, with 16 other translations now in development. NA literature can be purchased from any group usually before or after its scheduled meeting time.
Our meetings are a process of identification, hope and sharing. The heart of NA beats when two addicts share their recovery. What we do becomes real for us when we share it. This happens on a larger scale in our regular meetings. A meeting happens when two or more addicts gather to help each other stay clean. At the beginning of the meeting, we read NA literature that is available to anyone. Some meetings have speakers, topic discussions or both. The atmosphere of recovery is protected by our Twelve Traditions. We are fully self-supporting through voluntary contributions from our members. Regardless of where the meeting takes place, we remain unaffiliated. Meetings provide a place to be with fellow addicts.
Q&A about attending NA meetings.
Additional information on attending meetings: An introduction to NA Meetings.
See the readings that are read at the beginning of most meetings.
What is a Home Group?
Every NA meeting is hosted by a Group. Although NA members are encouraged to attend as many meetings as needed for their own recovery, it is suggested that every addict join a Group, commonly referred to as a Home Group. Choosing and supporting a home group is an important part of recovery. A home group is a meeting where you are comfortable and one you will likely attend regularly.
Join a Home Group by asking the meeting chair person to be added to the list of members before or after it's meeting or during the break if they have one.
What is a Sponsor?
Sponsorship is a vital part of the Narcotics Anonymous (NA) program. An NA sponsor is a member of Narcotics Anonymous, living the program of recovery, who is willing to build a special, supportive, one-on-one relationship with another member. Most members think of a sponsor, first and foremost, as someone who can help them work the Twelve Steps of NA. A sponsor is not necessarily a friend, but may be someone in whom they confide. Members can share things with their sponsor that they might not be comfortable sharing in a meeting.
A little about the history of Narcotics Anonymous. The word “narcotics” was commonly used for all illegal substances at the time of our inception in 1953 when our first meetings started in Los Angeles, California. NA was adapted, with permission, from the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions of AA. NA is not a drug-specific program, but has universal appeal to all who have the disease of addiction. Our name, Narcotics Anonymous, is not meant to imply a focus on any particular drug; NA’s approach makes no distinction between drugs including alcohol. It is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs.
Since the publication of our Basic Text in 1983, Narcotics Anonymous has experienced explosive growth. Today, NA members hold more than 58,000 meetings weekly in 131 countries (as of May 2010). We offer recovery from the effects of addiction through a process of change by working a twelve-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings.
Our Local Area
The Golden Triangle Area of Narcotics Anonymous (GTASCNA) includes Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Cambridge, Listowel, and Hanover. Meetings have been taking place in this area since the early-mid 1980’s. Originally there were only 2 weekly meetings, one in Guelph, then a second in Waterloo.
About 20 years ago, our fellowship grew immensely when members started hosting NA meetings in Hospitals and Institutions in the area. Today, our Hospitals and Institutions (H&I) Sub-Committee hosts regular meetings at treatment centres, youth facilities, and correctional facilities in the region. The work of our NA volunteers helps to carry the message of recovery to addicts who might otherwise not be able to attend NA meetings. For many patients and clients, these meetings within hospitals and institutions are their first introduction to NA.
Our Public Relations (PR) Sub-Committee provides presentations free of charge to schools, churches, law enforcement, government agencies and professionals who interact with at-risk people in the community. Our PR volunteers can provide a simple 20-30 minute presentation to management, staff and/or students with material about NA (like you are reading now). Presentations may also include personal stories about what it was like, what happened and what it is like now--sharing their experience, strength and hope.
Benefits of Narcotics Anonymous to those in treatment or counseling:
NA can assist with transitions back into the community. Members can help welcome clients at NA meetings when they have completed a treatment program or have off-premises privileges during their program.
NA provides a peer based support network and a drug-free social community. Members maintain their support network through sponsorship, meeting attendance, and using a telephone network of recovering friends. This extends to the social community as members join together for movies, theatre, sports events, bowling, camping, dances, picnics, conventions, etc. Many of these events are planned by our Activities Sub-Committee.
NA provides drug-free role model reinforcement. Often clients or patients have had minimal exposure to drug-free living in their life before treatment or counseling. Members of NA provide that role model in their work and home environment.
Thank you for taking the time to read about Narcotics Anonymous. If you have any questions feel free to contact us.