Support group available for students battling addictions

By Kevin Lyons

Recovering addicts and students with drug problems who want help can go to a new Narcotics Anonymous meeting on Wednesday afternoons at the University Resources for Women building.

The meetings will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., and support is needed.

According to an NA member, who did not want to be identified, and the NA booklet, “Narcotics Anonymous is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem.”

“NA deals with addiction as a self-diagnosed disease,” he said.

He said that no dues or fees are required and that the only requirement for NA membership is to have a desire to stop using drugs.

Sean, another NA member who asked to remain anonymous, said that she had a hard time finding an NA meeting on campus so they decided to start their own meeting.

It was also stressed that NA is not affiliated with any outside agency or religion and no one is discriminated against. NA uses a 12-step approach to drug addiction which is nearly identical to the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Members use the 12-step principles in conjunction with a “clean” or sober lifestyle. They discuss various problems and solutions that deal with addiction.

One member said there is a good number of AA meetings in the area, but very few in the DeKalb area.

He said there are meetings every night in Belvidere and directories for NA meetings are available at the Wednesday afternoon meeting. “We’d like to get more meetings going at the university,” he said.