NA Blog – Home Group

The Following article is a reprint from the earliest edition of NA Today we currently have on digital file-April 2005. Enjoy!

Recently I moved to the city from a small country fellowship. I struggled with the impersonal nature of the big city fellowship and I am pretty shy at the best of times. My natural demeanor is retiring and isolated and because I didn’t know anyone, I just didn’t feel like going to meetings.

I went to one a week, then one a fortnight and then I hadn’t been to one for nearly three weeks. I had been meaning to go to the Thursday night meeting and I started thinking I might give it a miss. The thought popped into my head “if I don’t go tonight, it means I’m not going”. The thought rang loud like a warning bell. “My god I’m not going to meetings”. I hopped on the bus and went to the Thursday night meeting where there were a couple of people who recognised me from a few weeks earlier. They said their speaker hadn’t turned up and would I like to do it. I gave it a go and people seemed to enjoy my share. I was very nervous but those members were so welcoming to me that I kept wanting to come back.

They encouraged me to join the group and I did. I went back the next week and since then I have become an regular member of that group. It became my home group. Since then I have been back to my normal behaviour of about 4 meetings per week. I run well on that amount.

I am grateful to those members because they caught me just before I fell. And perhaps the home group is one of those things that is just good to have, to make sure you have at least one meeting a week where you feel welcome and responsible for turning up.

Michael G.

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  1. Therese Tice
    Therese Tice says:

    I’m looking for an NA or AA meeting I can call in on to participate. I really need that extra support. I’m newly clean 77 days today primarily off Methamphetamine. Could someone tell me how I could find a meeting thank you !!!

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    • natoday
      natoday says:

      Hi There, if you navigate to the top of this page you’ll find an icon labelled ‘meetings.’ This will allow you to search for meetings, many of which are online. Alternatively, you could try virtual-na.org which lists all online meetings available around the globe in your local time zone. Let us know if you need any more help.

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