Quote from GA_RN2006
? Also getting ready to start NA meetings next week, does anybody have any feedback on this? I'm just really nervous about it all. I'm so happy I found this forum it really helps to know I'm not alone in my recovery.
How to go to a NA meeting:
1. Find a meeting.
2. Show up to it.
Seriously, that's it.
You are under no obligation to do anything when you attend the meeting. You want to share? Great! You'd rather hang back and be quiet at this time? That's fine too! Want to talk to others? OK. Want to not talk to anyone? OK. Not ready to work the steps or get a sponsor yet? No problem on either count! As long as you follow steps 1 and 2, you will be welcome at meetings no matter what else you do--or don't do--at them.
The first meeting can be as scary as hell, but remember that you're not alone in feeling that way at the first meeting.
Of course, be sure to find a group that you are comfortable with. If you go to one meeting and find that for whatever reason things don't click for you there, find another meeting. If you feel more comfortable in a women-only meeting, go to it--don't force yourself to go to a mixed meeting. Likewise, if you feel more comfortable sharing in closed meetings, don't force yourself to share at open meetings. If you feel the crowd is too old/too young/too eclectic/too many strong personalities/too whatever for your liking, then go to another meeting. No one will take it personally.
Same thing with the sponsor: shop around. Find someone that you feel comfortable with, because this is the same person that you may be calling at 2am when you are in crisis and are tempted to use. I do recommend that you stick with someone of the same sex as you for a sponsor, to avoid any possible romantic entanglements or other issues.
And just keep going back. As they say, it works if you work it.