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#CommunityService: Narcotics Anonymous

New Heights Consortium conducted a needs assessment survey among people in our local communities to determine what services are missing in our area. One needed service that residents felt was missing was support for those in recovery. Elizabeth Wells, Director of New Heights, reached out to Josh M.(last name withheld at his request) to ask if he would be willing to volunteer to help out with this need. From there, Narcotics Anonymous was formed. On December 6, 2021, Narcotics Anonymous began providing support for those struggling with addiction.

“Our group is open to any and all persons in recovery,” Josh says. “It gives us a safe place in which we can openly talk and work on our recovery. The good and the bad can be brought to the meeting table without fear.”

He hopes to help encourage people to “recover, live on life’s terms, and carry that message to the addict who still suffers.”

Josh says he is encouraged by the support from the community. “The outpouring of support for the community has been amazing,” he says. “A member of the local AA group helped us get our meeting format together and gave us some pointers, and people are spreading the word about the group.” The group has grown to 3 meetings a week thanks to the support.

“I feel like it has taken a life of its own, and the good that will come from it is just beginning,” says Josh.

His involvement with NA has had personal benefits as well. “For me, this group has given me an added sense of purpose,” Josh says. “I want every single person that society has forgotten to feel like they have a place they can come, feel welcome, and begin to recover.”

Meetings are held at the Williamson Health and Wellness Center Behavioral Medicine Clinic in Williamson on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm and Fridays at Serenity Point in Williamson at 6:30pm. To learn more, visit the New Heights Facebook page.

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