Narcotics Anonymous was created on the model of Alcoholics Anonymous, which is the oldest and most popular support group for addicts in the UK. The success of alcoholics anonymous is what prompted the creation of Narcotics Anonymous. NA provides the support needed by people who are looking forward to recovering or making an attempt to recover from an addiction of drugs other than just alcohol. Wanting to give up drugs is the only qualification for joining Narcotics Anonymous. Groups of NA do not make a distinction between drugs of any kind, including alcohol. NA recognizes that people do get addicted to multiple drugs at once. Any addict is welcome if he or she wants to recover.
Although it is currently found in 129 countries, the original NA started in 1953 in Los Angeles.
Inside An Na Meeting
The first time doing anything is always unsettling, but be encouraged, everyone you'll meet at an NA meeting has been or is where you are right now. Any person who has anything to do Narcotics Anonymous was at one point or another a drug user themselves.
You can be absolutely sure that the support group will provide really welcoming, caring, and non-judgmental environment.
NA meetings are ordinarily discussions or have a speaker.
During discussion meetings, members are required to share their personal stories of addiction and recovery as it relates to their lives. In case of a speaker meeting, one or several members are asked to speak to the most of the attendees. While bearing in mind the time constraints, people will be free to share as much as they'd like during the discussion meetings. Though a new member is encouraged to participate in the to, they are not obliged to take part. Members share one at a time; everyone is asked to share only their own experiences and never comment on the others' - time for conversations is during breaks or when the meeting is over.
All though the basis of the group is spiritual, the meetings aren't founded on any religious principle. Each person is free to relate to the higher power whoever they conceive him to be. The seminars are always closed with prayers and also looking up to s spiritual power for guidance. There are those who would rather refer to "God" as a "higher power" or "good orderly direction." The reference to a higher power isn't focused on a particular religion but is supposed to provide strength and guidance on moral matters.
Words Used in the Meetings In the "Intro to NA", you will come across some of the terms listed below that are often used in the meetings:
NA Members use this term to call themselves, because they recognize that the problem is not use of a particular substance but addiction itself.
This refers to the basic or core ideas contained in the Narcotics Anonymous book.
NA Members who conduct one or more NA meetings on a scheduled basis.
Any stronger and loving force that assists the member overcome and remain clean from addiction.
IPs (Informational Pamphlets)
These are pamphlets that provide information on NA.
The newly signed participants of NA.
This is a short or long return to drug use after a certain period of abstinence.
Opening up on your condition to the other members.
An experienced NA member who provides guidance and support to those going through the 12 Steps.
Members who have service positions in NA.
The Differences Of Open And Closed Aa Meetings
"Open" and "Closed" are the different ways through which people assemble in NA which is similar to that of AA. Family members and friends are allowed to attend the "Open" meetings. The addict members are the only ones allowed to attend the "closed" meeting.
Deciding on the type of meeting you would like to attend will solely depend on your comfort level and is up to you. It's also a good idea to try a few of different meetings and groups until you find the one that fits your needs best, which you like and time of which meets your schedule.
12 Stages Of Recovery
The NA 12 Steps are based on the AA original 12 Steps. The fact that NA deals with different forms of drug dependence is the difference with the 1 stages used in Alcoholics Anonymous. You can find here more detail about the 12 stages.
Liability And Power In Numbers
One of the strongest points of NA is its fellowship. New addicts that have just joined NA are assured to get the help they need since the groups already have members that are already recovering.
A newcomer can begin looking for a sponsor once he or she as an attendee is familiar with the structure of NA and has established a relationship within the group. A sponsor has been a member of NA for a while and is familiar with the 12 Steps and will be able to support and mentor the new member. Wisdom dictates it is best to have a sponsor who is themselves sponsored in order to have accountability on multi-levels.
Acquiring A Narcotics Anonymous Group
If you're trying to get on the path to recovery and planning to stay there, it's a good idea to find an NA group. More than 61 thousand of NA meetings are held every week round the world, so there are lots of options that will meet your needs and fit in your schedule. Let us help you to find an NA group call 0800 772 3971 today.