FAQ’s to Finding a Meeting

Navigating the space to find the right meeting for you specific preferences can be confusing! Here are a set of FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Question’s) commonly asked when finding meeting’s:

Q: What is an Open Meeting? 

An open meeting is OPEN to anyone who wants to attend! These meetings provide a space for individuals who feel comfortable with diverse groups who have different relationships with substances and/or addictive behaviors.

Q: What is a Closed Meeting?

Closed meetings are only for individuals who are struggling with a specific substance-use addiction or those who think they might have an addiction problem. Closed meetings provide an atmosphere in which individuals can feel more certain that those attending will be able to identify with them. Newcomers may feel more comfortable at a closed meeting for the same reason.

Q: What does AA, NA, & MA mean?

AA stands for Alcohol Anonymous which is a structured group created to support individuals dealing with substance use/abuse from Alcohol.

NA stands for Narcotics Anonymous which is a structured group created to support individuals dealing with substance use/abuse from any other substance but alcohol.

MA stands for Marijuana Anonymous (MA) which is a structured group created to support individuals dealing with substance use/abuse specifically from Marijuana.

Q: What does Addictive Behaviors mean?

Addictive behaviors are the compulsion to continually engage in an activity or behavior despite the negative impact on the person’s ability to remain mentally and/or physically healthy and functional in the home and community. These behaviors and activities can encompass gambling, shopping, sex, food, and exercise.