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How to Find The Best NA or AA Meetings in Denver, CO

Meeting Of Support GroupIf you have a problem with alcohol or drugs and you’re seeking a solution, our hats are off to you. Addiction to any toxic substance can create insanity in your life and lead to unmanageability (not to mention cause a fatal overdose). It takes great strength and courage to face your problem head on and take action. We’re glad you’re here looking for information about AA meetings in Denver. If you want to learn about Denver NA meetings, we can help with that too. 

If you don’t think you need rehab – or you’re just not ready to make that kind of commitment – we completely understand. Going to a 12-Step program is an awesome way to kickstart your recovery journey. If you find that you cannot stay away from alcohol or drugs after attending meetings, you can always revisit the idea of going for addiction treatment later.

In this article, we will talk extensively about Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous in Denver. However, we want you to know that you have the option of attending several other 12-Step programs in the area. These include:

Going to a 12-Step program in Denver is all about finding a place where you feel comfortable so that you can find freedom in your life and connect with other recovering people. The decision of where you choose to go is completely up to you. AA and NA are the most popular programs. Let’s talk about these two.  

Alcoholics Anonymous in Denver Vs. Narcotics Anonymous – What’s the Difference?

AA and NA have a lot in common, but there are some notable differences that are worth mentioning. Many people seeking recovery get confused about which fellowship would be best for them. We hope we can help you decide.  

Keep in mind that both of these programs center around the 12 Steps. You work these steps with a sponsor. You find a sponsor at the meetings you attend. You will learn more about how this works when you actually start going to meetings. It is recommended that you attend a meeting a day every day for 90 days. This allows you to get to know people and establishes a routine that helps you stay sober.

The major difference between AA and NA is the first step:

Alcoholics Anonymous Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol, that are lives had become unmanageable.

Narcotics Anonymous Step 1: We admitted that we were powerless over our addiction, that our lives had become unmanageable.

The rest of the 12 Steps are exactly the same. Here they are:

Step 2: Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Step 3: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

Step 4: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

Step 5: Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

Step 6: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

Step 7: Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

Step 8: Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

Step 9: Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

Step 10: Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

Step 11: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

Step 12: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

By the way, AA and NA encourage people to believe in their own higher power. If you do not believe in God, that is okay! Please don’t be scared off by the word “God” if you are not a believer. These are spiritual NOT religious programs. Many people who attend AA or NA in Denver do not believe in God. They make their higher power the group, nature, or something else outside of themselves.

If you are religious, that is okay! You can believe in Jesus, Buddha, or Krishna or any other deity when you attend a 12-Step program in Denver. You will not be persuaded to change your beliefs.

There is a very good reason why the 12 Steps are so highly recommended as a way to recover from addiction. It’s because they really work. However, not all AA or NA meeting groups in Denver have a really strong focus in this area. They may mention the 12 Steps, but they tend to gloss over them rather than rely on them for recovery instruction.

If you come across meetings that don’t have a strong focus on the 12 Steps, it’s best for you to keep searching. Working these steps will allow you to reflect on the decisions you’ve made. It will also give you the courage to seek out positive changes for your own life.

Another Difference Between Denver AA and NA

Another important difference between these two programs is the literature studied. AA refers to the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. This was written in 1939 by founders Bill Wilson, Dr. Bob Silkworth, and more than 100 contributing members of early AA.

Narcotics Anonymous studies The Basic Text of Narcotics Anonymous. It as written by NA founder Jimmy Kinnon and hundreds of other recovering addicts. The first edition was published in 1983.

If you don’t know whether you should go to NA or AA meetings in Denver, it might be a good idea for you to check out these books (the links we have provided give you the complete text). Read over the material. See which one speaks to you. Do you relate more to one than the other? If so, that might tell you which program would be more beneficial to you. These books are referred to repeatedly in meetings and they are the basis of each program.

Learn more about Alcoholics Anonymous.

Learn more about Narcotics Anonymous.

Also, we want you to know that recovering alcoholics refer to themselves as being “sober” and enjoying “sobriety.” Recovering addicts say that they are “clean” and in “recovery.” This is another important difference.

Are You An Alcoholic or An Addict?

If you attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Denver, you will mostly be surrounded by people who have overcome alcoholism. While some of the members of this fellowship also had a problem with drug addiction, alcohol was their number one problem. Members of AA admit powerlessness over alcohol. The program has been around since 1935. A lot of members have more than 30 years of sobriety.

NA meetings in Denver are for people who have had a problem with alcohol AND drugs. They do not admit powerlessness over one particular substance. They admit powerlessness over the disease of addiction. In this fellowship, people address their addiction to mind-altering substances, but they also work on their addictions to sex, food, gambling, and other manifestations of the disease. NA was founded in 1953. While many members do have long-term recovery, it is not as common as it is in AA.

Remember, you can always check out both programs and see which one feels right for you. Don’t overwhelm yourself with worrying about whether you should go to Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. Just go somewhere! Get help! Find support! You don’t have to do this alone – and, truth be told, you can’t. (If you could stop drinking or abusing drugs, you would have been able to snap out of it by now! You need the support of other recovering people).

Not sure if you are an alcoholic? This article might help clear things up.

Think you might be addicted to drugs? Take this quiz!

Finding The Right 12-Step Meetings in Denver, CO

Whether you’re in need of NA or AA in Denver, not all 12-Step meetings are the same. You’re going to find that each meeting you try has its own culture. For example, some meetings attract older members. Some are for newcomers like you. Others are mostly men or mostly women. You may feel more comfortable in some meetings than others.  

If you choose a Denver NA or AA meeting and it doesn’t seem to be working for you, don’t be afraid to keep looking for one that will. Eventually, you’ll find one with people you can relate to and who encourage and empower you to continue on in your recovery. There are meetings all day every day all over the city.

To make it easy for you to find AA meetings or NA meetings in Denver, we have provided some of the best meeting info for both programs.

What To Expect From AA Meetings In Denver

AA and NA meetings are structured very much the same way. At the beginning of every meeting, members read from certain pieces of literature. The same readings are read at every meeting.

The chairperson will ask if anyone is attending their very first meeting ever. If you would like to share that it is your first meeting, you will be given some helpful literature and a list of members’ phone numbers to call to help you stay sober. This is not done to embarrass you or put you on the spot, but to help you get to know people in the group.

Meetings usually last from an hour to 90 minutes. Each person is given the opportunity to share for about five minutes if they want to. You DO NOT have to share at an AA or NA meeting in Denver if you do not want to.

The purpose of any 12-Step meeting is for recovering people to share their experience, strength, and hope with one another to help each other stay sober one more day. You will be given suggestions from people who share what has worked for them. You will not be told what to do. You will not be singled out. You will feel welcomed.

While it can be scary to attending your first 12-Step meeting, just remember that everyone who enjoys recovery attended their first meeting at some point in the past. They understand how it feels to be nervous and confused about the program. They are there to help you.

Finding the Best AA Meetings in Denver, CO

Denver AA is organized by the Denver Area Central Committee of Alcoholics Anonymous. You will learn more about the way this fellowship is organized once you start attending. There are no leaders, only trusted servants and they do not govern.

Denver Alcoholics Anonymous is a very active fellowship. There are meetings happening all day every day in the Mile High area, as well as surrounding areas. To find the best meetings, you will have to go and check them out for yourself. It is a process of trial and error. 

It is recommended that you get a “home group.” This is a group that you will attend regularly to forge new, positive relationships with other people in the program. They will get to know you and you will get to know them. This will help you stay accountable to your sobriety. Many people pick a home group that is located near their home for the sake of convenience.

Want to go to an AA meeting in Denver? Here is a complete schedule.  

You can also perform a search to find a meeting near you.

The Best NA Meetings in Denver

NA has a very intricate organizational structure. It is a nonprofit organization that offers meetings worldwide in a number of different languages. You will learn more about the innerworkings of this program once you start attending. What you should know is that the entire program is run by people who volunteer their time. There are no leaders or followers in NA. Every voice is given equal importance.   

To keep things simple, for now all you need to know is that Narcotics Anonymous Colorado is the area to which the Mile High Service Committee belongs. You can go to either of these sites to get additional information or find a meeting near you.

There are Narcotics Anonymous meetings in Denver every day. We have a list below of some of our favorite meetings. We are also including a key to tell you what the abbreviations mean. All meetings are non-smoking.

C Closed Meeting for Addicts Only
O Open Meeting (Anyone Welcome)
D Discussion
H&I Hospitals & Institutions
SP Speaker Meeting
TR Tradition Study
ST Step Study
SWG Step Working Guide
BK Book Study
BEG Beginners Meeting
WA Wheelchair Accessible
TS Text Study
CS 12 Concepts Study
LS Literature Study
CC Child Care
MHI Mental Health Issues


9:30am A Wake Up Call — O,D,SP 3rd Sun. 60-90min – 121 Acoma St, Denver (treatment facility – 3rd Sun. speaker meeting, snacks avail.)
10:30am Living Clean, The Journey Continues — O,LS – 2465 S Downing St, Denver
11:00am Living Proof — O,D – 1193 S. Bannock St, Denver (clubhouse)
1:00pm 5 Dawgz — O,D – 7500 W 57th Ave Arvada, CO, 80002 (In the Rising Church, enter through back door)
5:00pm NA Matinee — O,D – 3000 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood (church)
5:30pm Together We Can — O,D – 437 Oak Street, Steamboat Springs, CO (upstairs)
6:15pm Keeping It Clean — O,D,WA  – 1693 N. Quentin St, Aurora
7:30pm Smells Like Clean Spirit — O,D,LS – 191 E Orchard Rd (Enter South/East Corner), Littleton (treatment center)
8:00pm Ain’t Dead Yet! — O,D,WA  – 8085 E Hampden Ave, Denver
9:30pm Blues Breakers — O,D – 1510 Glen Ayr Dr, Unit 12, Lakewood (8800 West)


10:00am No Matter What — O,Writing and Meditation, 75 min – 1510 Glen Ayr Dr, Unit 12, Lakewood (8800 West)
noon This Ain’t Therapy — O,D,LS,WA – 1660 N Sherman St, Denver
noon Bring Your Own Lunch — O,D,WA – 5400 S Yosemite, Englewood (church)
noon No Matter What — O,D – 1510 Glen Ayr Dr, Unit 12, Lakewood (8800 West)
5:30pm No Matter What — O,D – 1510 Glen Ayr Dr, Unit 12, Lakewood (8800 West)
6:00pm Take The Highway — 2290 S Clayton St, Denver (church, basement entrance on Illif Ave)
6:30pm Primary Purpose [Boulder Area] — O,D,WA – 4097 Main St, Westminster (basement)
6:30pm Aurora Southside Survivors — O,D,WA – 4210 S Chambers Road, Aurora (church, park & enter on west side)
6:30pm Here & Now — O,D – Agape Outpost Church, 15404 CO HWY 9, Breckenridge
7:00pm Free Today — O,D,WA – 1750 Egbert St, Brighton (ambulance bldg)
7:30pm Golden Group — C,D,WA – 1320 Arapahoe St, Golden (90 min-church SW crnr)
8:00pm Surrender To Win — O,D,TS,LS – 3315 N. Gilpin St, Denver (treatment facility)
9:30pm Blues Breakers — O,D – 1510 Glen Ayr Dr, Unit 12, Lakewood (8800 West)


noon This Ain’t Therapy — O,D,LS,WA – 1660 N Sherman St, Denver
5:30pm No Matter What — O,D – 1510 Glen Ayr Dr, Unit 12, Lakewood (8800 West)
5:30pm Together We Can — O,D – 437 Oak Street, Steamboat Springs, CO (upstairs)
5:45pm Don’t Know Diddley — O,D – 1100 Fillmore St, Denver
6:30pm Humble Lights — O,D,WA,CC,Candlelight – 3000 S. Wadsworth, Lakewood (75 min, Child Care)
7:00pm Peace Out West — O,D,WA,Women – 2100 N Wadsworth, Lakewood
7:30pm Free At Last — O,D – 3585 W 76th Ave, Westminster (church, 76th & Lowell)
8:00pm 9th and Emerson— O,D,LS,WA – 915 E 9th Ave (@ Emerson), Denver (church W entr)
9:30pm Blues Breakers — O,D – 1510 Glen Ayr Dr, Unit 12, Lakewood (8800 West)


10:30am Together We Can — Beg,LS – 437 Oak Street, Steamboat Springs, CO (upstairs)
noon No Matter What — O,D – 1510 Glen Ayr Dr, Unit 12, Lakewood (8800 West)
5:30pm No Matter What — O,D – 1510 Glen Ayr Dr, Unit 12, Lakewood (8800 West)
6:30pm Here & Now — O,D – Father Dyer Church, 310 Wellington, Breckenridge
6:45pm Writing To Freedom (90 mins.) — O,D,writing.- 3500 S. Logan St., Englewood
7:00pm Just Can’t Miss It — O,D,WA – 6750 Carr, Arvada (room# on bulletin board)
7:30pm No Matter What — O,D,TS,ST – 1510 Glen Ayr Dr, Unit 12, Lakewood
8:00pm Ain’t Dead Yet! — O,D,WA  – 8085 E Hampden Ave, Denver
8:00pm Surrender To Win — O,D – 3315 N. Gilpin St, Denver (treatment facility)
8:00pm 9th and Emerson — O,D,ST,WA – 915 E 9th Ave (@ Emerson), Denver (church, use W. entr)
9:30pm Blues Breakers — O,D – 1510 Glen Ayr Dr, Unit 12, Lakewood (8800 West)


noon This Ain’t Therapy — O,D,LS,WA – 1660 N Sherman St, Denver
noon No Matter What — O,D – 1510 Glen Ayr Dr, Unit 12, Lakewood (8800 West)
5:30pm No Matter What — O,D – 1510 Glen Ayr Dr, Unit 12, Lakewood (8800 West)
6:30pm Less Talk, More Action — C,D – 126 W 2nd Ave (writing then discussion)
7:00pm Free Today — O,D,WA – 1750 Egbert St, Brighton (ambulance bldg)
7:00pm Fiends N’ Friends — O,D – 6870 W. 52nd Ave Suite 103 Arvada, CO @ Raleigh House of Hope (ring door if locked)
7:30pm Southern Serenity — LS,O,D,WA,75min – 11805 S Pine Dr, Parker (SW corner of church, room #144)
7:30pm Natural High — O,D,WA – 8817 S Broadway, Highlands Ranch (church, room 128)
7:30pm Young At Heart — O,D,WA,75 mins,Youth – 1630 E 14th Ave (church, enter east courtyard door)
7:30pm Clean in Evergreen — O,D – 29823 Troutdale Scenic Drive, Evergreen (Ascent church – now meets in building behind the church)  mtg flyer
8:00pm Rindase para Ganar – O,D,Español • 3315 Gilpin (use side entr)  


noon Never Alone at Noon — O,D – 10451 Huron St, Northglenn (Room 203-Enter Side door by parking lot)
5:30pm Together We Can — O,D – 437 Oak Street, Steamboat Springs, CO (upstairs)
5:45pm Unconscious Meeting — O,D – 1100 Fillmore St, Denver
6:15pm T.G.I.F. — O,D,WA – 1280 Vine St, Denver CO 80206 (upstairs)
6:30pm You Me and HP — O,D,LS – 5707 S. Simms St., Littleton (church)
7:30pm Clean and Crazy in Castle Rock — O,D,WA – 3737 New Hope Way, Castle Rock (church, Meadows Pkwy and Prairie Hawk Dr)
8:00pm NAFL — O,D,Candlelight – 3500 S Logan Street, Englewood (use East entr)
9:30pm Blues Breakers — O,D,SP 1st and 3rd Friday (90 min) – 1510 Glen Ayr Dr, Unit 12, Lakewood (8800 West)
7:00am Earlybirds — O,D – 1510 Glen Ayr Dr, Unit 12, Lakewood (8800 West)
noon No Matter What — O,D – 1510 Glen Ayr Dr, Unit 12, Lakewood (8800 West)
12:30pm Room to Breathe — O, Meditation, 90 min – 126 W 2nd Avenue (Church, corner of Acoma)
5:00pm NA Matinee — O,D – 3000 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood (church)
6:30pm No Matter What — O,D,WA,SP & potluck 2nd Sat 6pm – 1510 Glen Ayr Dr, Unit 12, Lakewood (8800 West)
7:30pm Saturday Night Live — O,D,WA, Candlelight, 90min – 3500 S Logan, Englewood (use side entr)
8:00pm Ain’t Dead Yet! — O,D,WA,SP 3rd Sat  – 8085 E Hampden Ave, Denver
9:30pm Blues Breakers — O,D – 1510 Glen Ayr Dr, Unit 12, Lakewood (8800 West)
10:30pm Still Awake, Still Dreaming — O,SP,D,WA,90 min -1630 E 14th Ave (church,enter Gilpin St. courtyard)

Today is a Good Day To Go to Your First 12-Step Meeting in Denver

We recognize that you might be afraid to check out your first AA or NA meeting in Denver. But, living a life addicted to alcohol or drugs like cocaine, heroin, meth, prescription painkillers, or marijuana should be much more terrifying to you.

Addiction never gets better on its own. It only gets worse. Give yourself a break. Go to a Denver AA or NA meeting and listen to what other recovering people have to say. You will find that you are not alone and that there is a solution to the problem of alcoholism or drug addiction. You can find a new way to live, reclaim your life, and stop the insanity of your substance abuse!

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