Support Groups for Alcoholics: Is It Appropriate to Attend an AA/NA Group When…?

Question by : Is it appropriate to attend an AA/NA group when…?
a person has never been addicted?

I am a counselor and i work with addicted youth. They go meetings every night – and my coworker wanted me to go to an AA meeting. I personally didnt want to go into the meeting, and when i was sitting in the meeting i felt incredibily uncomfortable…like “i was not allowed to be in there because i am not an alcoholic” (that was my thinking). The chair guy called on me, and I had NO IDEA of what to say! like everyone was expecting me to say “Im J and Im an alcoholic” but im not…never have.

Same thing with NA. I have never been addicted to drugs/alcohol. So…is it appropriate for me to attend these meetings – and if i am, and i do decide to sit in…how do i respond to people who call upon me to speak?

Best answer:

Answer by JJ
Yeah you can still go. You can just tell them that you’re going there to support your friend. Those groups are supportive so they’re not going to have a problem with someone going there to support someone else.

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