Trip to Narcotics Anonymous meeting, NA.

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Attending the narcotics anonymous meeting was definitely an experience I will never forget. When my mom and I first pulled up I couldn't have been more nervous, all the people smoking outside, but as I made my way in I began to feel a bit more comfortable. I did see Ani, the girl who spoke to our class. I overheard others talking about Bo who showed up later on in the night. As I went inside the church, the basement had been arranged with a circle of chairs, with children tables on the side. As members began to file in, the younger crowd sat at the smaller childrens tables while many of the others sat in the circle, I sat in the circle.

The meeting started with people taking turns reading from the Narcotics Anonymous Basic Text and a sheet of paper. This is how they always start a meeting, and also how they did start in school.

"Narcotics Anonymous is a nonprofit 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." After that, they directed the attention to a table with the NA book and other books and pamphlets which could be purchased or are for free.

After the text was read, people celebrated special occasions. New members were welcomed greatly, as we had one at the time, and also a mother and son who came in later. All received literature and phone numbers of other members for help with addictions. Next, people who were celebrating certain times away from drugs, 30 days, 60 days.... introduced themselves. 2 were celebrating their 30th day and one was celebrating his 9th month. Almost everyone looked familiar, it made...