Narcotics Anonymous (NA) has launched its first nationally funded bus advertising campaign as local buses will be carrying a message of support for addicts looking to find recovery from drug addiction during this season of goodwill.
Issues with drugs, including alcohol, are often more obvious during this festive period with more people seeking help to stop using drugs as they wish for a fresh start in the New Year.
This awareness campaign will run through December and January across 15 major cities in the UK including Liverpool, providing details of the NA helpline and website where addicts with a desire to stop using can find details of local support groups.
Local support groups hold regular meetings that are run by addicts that are in recovery to support each other and those new to a group. Addicts do not have to have stopped using substances to attend these meetings but can look to the support of fellow addicts in recovery to stop using.
There are currently over 56 in-person group meetings within 24 miles of Liverpool, close to 1,000 meetings nationwide, and over 400 online meetings using software such as Zoom.
There is never a need for an appointment or invitation to join a meeting, there are no waiting lists and no fees to pay to attend any of the meetings. You simply turn up or log into a support meeting.
A survey of NA members that was carried in 2022 showed that 91% said the quality of their life has improved, while 52% had not used drugs since their first meeting.
Of those members who had a criminal conviction prior to attending NA, over 93% stated that they had no further convictions since attending NA meetings.
Of course, you don’t have to wait for a bus to reach out for help, more information is available 24/7 at www.ukna.org or via their UK Helpline on 0300 999 1212 (open 10am to midnight, every day).