Narcotics Anonymous Meeting Research Paper

Abstract
This paper is focused on discussing my personal experience while attending a local Narcotics Anonymous meeting. I knew going into this meeting that I had to go with an open mind, an open heart, and a complete respect for those around me. I understood that all meetings are unique in their own way and that their formats may not be similar to that of a neighboring location. From my research it seems it follows the same precursors as what you would exercise if you were looking for a good marriage counselor, you keep looking until you find the right one that works for you. I found it quite interesting and very welcoming that they allow anyone to attend these meetings, and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous. This feeling…

The meeting had a very structured format that I admired and believed to be quite beneficial and non-threatening to those who surrounded me in the room. The administrator, or chairperson as they reference it, began the session with an open discussion that was very fluid and informationally based. He began with a statement that resonated with me, “We often say here at NA that no one comes through these doors of by mistake”. It was an interesting and quite effective way to start off the meeting. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference” (“The Serenity Prayer,” 1950). The chairperson only recited the first four lines of the prayer, but it seems that is all that is needed. He then welcomed everyone and made note that is was important for first time attendees to understand that God will be referenced at all the meetings. He went into further detail about what they meant by God. He described a “Power” greater than ourselves that ultimately makes the impossible seem possible. I thought this to be brilliant. This approach would alleviate from intimidating those who may not believe in our one true God, and yet keep them focused on a “Higher…