The Alcoholic Anonymous support group was formed in the UK years ago, and other groups have been established adopting the same model, Narcotics Anonymous is one of these. NA (Narcotics Anonymous) came into existence after the great success of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). People who are recovering from drugs that aren't alcohol are the main target for these groups. Wanting to give up drugs is the only qualification for joining Narcotics Anonymous. NA admits as members anyone involved in any drug problem including alcohol. NA recognizes that people do get addicted to multiple drugs at once. Any addict who is looking forward to recovering is welcome to join the group.
NA had its official founding in Los Angeles in 1953 and presently spread to numerous locations in 129 countries.
What Happens In An Na Meeting
Every member of the NA is addicted to some form of drug and so this minimises the fear that people usually have the first time they go there. All NA members are actually recovering addicts who wish to help others surmount addictions.
No one will look down upon you because of your conditions because everyone is in that same position.
The meetings conducted are usually just discussions or speaker meetings.
During discussion meetings, members are required to share their personal stories of addiction and recovery as it relates to their lives. In speaker meetings, a member takes control of most of the meeting addressing areas or issues that concern everyone. 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. The members are allowed to talk to each other during breaks and after the meetings but during discussions, only the person sharing is allowed to speak and people can only share their experiences and don't comment on others'.
NA meetings are underpinned by spirituality rather than based on any kind of religion. It refers to a higher power but no definition is given, because this notion can be understood differently by everyone. "God" is usually mentioned at NA meetings, and a prayer is said at the end of a meeting. It has, however, been noticed that some people replace" God "with "higher power" or "good orderly direction." The recognition of a higher power is supposed to enable a form of moral ground and strength and not necessarily religion.
Some Terminology for Your First Meeting Here Is A Quick Glossary Of Terms Used During NA Meetings As Listed In the NA Official "Intro To NA" Material:
There term refers to us the members for we recognize the use of a certain drug is not the problem but the addiction itself.
The book titled Narcotics Anonymous where the core ideas of NA are written and explained.
These are the people who meet regularly for the planned meetings.
A spiritual being that offers guidance and help in the recovery process.
Information pamphlets about NA.
Newcomers (new members)
New NA members.
When any lapse in the recovery results in a brief or an extended return to drug use.
This involves telling stories of what you've gone through during addiction and afterwards.
A member who has the experience to help you go through the 12 Steps.
Group Trusted Servants (Trusted Servants)
These are members of NA who are specifically tasked with certain duties.
Difference Between Closed And Open Meetings
Just like in Alcoholic Anonymous, a Narcotics Anonymous meeting is either "open" or "closed." People who want to show support to a loved one or people who just want to find out about the group can attend the open meetings. Recovering addicts have exclusive use of closed meetings.
Deciding on the type of meeting you would like to attend will solely depend on your comfort level and is up to you. Depending on your schedule, character and needs, you may want to try out several groups first before deciding on a particular one.
The Twelve Steps For Na
Narcotics Anonymous also utilizes the 12 established steps of AA and bases their treatment on this procedure. Narcotics Anonymous doesn't focus on any particular drug and the terms used are the same as those used in AA except for the references to alcohol. You can go here to find out more about the 12 steps.
Liability And Power In Numbers
The NA community is one of its strengths. NA is a congregation of recovering addicts who take care of their own meetings and provide a welcoming environment of help and healing for newcomers.
As soon as a new attendee gets familiar with NA and gets across to the group, the time is ripe to start selecting a sponsor. This are people that are in the later stages of recovery and know more about the steps of effectively achieving that. Wisdom dictates it is best to have a sponsor who is themselves sponsored in order to have accountability on multi-levels.
Narcotics Anonymous Groups For You
Do you need to find an NA group to join for help with your drug addiction? There are many groups for you to choose from since in the whole world, there are at least 61,000 NA meetings each week. If you need to find an NA group, get in touch with us call 0800 772 3971.