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 achievements of the Alcoholics Anonymous led to the founding of the Narcotics Anonymous. NA renders support to the people attempting to get rid of from addiction to drugs, rather than just to alcohol. 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. Moreover, they admit that addiction to several substances is common indeed. You will get the help you need if you are an addict to any drug.
Although it is currently found in 129 countries, the original NA started in 1953 in Los Angeles.
What Goes On In An Na Meeting
It's normal to be a bit afraid of going to a meeting, but just remember that everyone was once in your shoes. All NA members are all recovering addicts who seek to help others on their recovery journey.
You can rest assured of receiving an environment from the group which will be caring, welcoming and non-judgmental.
The meetings conducted are usually just discussions or speaker meetings.
Opening up is one of the ways through which the members get to learn about each other in the group during the discussion sessions. In speaker meetings, a member takes control of most of the meeting addressing areas or issues that concern everyone. Meetings are designed so members can share their experiences but they need to remain courteous. It may be difficult for new people to open up since they are still trying to build the trust with other members of the group. 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. References to God are certainly made during parts of the NA meeting, and a prayer is also held before the closing of the meeting. There are those who would rather refer to "God" as a "higher power" or "good orderly direction." No religion is forced on the members but they just have to appreciate the fact that the higher power is the one guiding them to recovery from addiction.
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:
Addict (Addicted Person, Drug Addict)
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 NA has a document that has all the ideas and objectives of the group.
These are the people who meet regularly for the planned meetings.
A force that transcends the recovering user that can help them to abstain.
Information pamphlets are texts about various aspects of NA activity.
Newly Registered NA members.
When one goes back to taking the drug, they are fighting to quit regardless of length of time.
Telling others your personal story as regards the addiction and recovery.
A member who has the experience to help you go through the 12 Steps.
Members who are employed for the NA.
The Differences Of Open And Closed Aa Meetings
The Narcotics Anonymous Meetings can either be open or closed just like AA meetings. 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.
You decide which kind of group you want to be involved with. This choice is best decided after you have experienced both forms of meetings.
Na 12 Steps
The treatment and support provided by Narcotics Anonymous is based on the well-known 12 steps, established by AA. Since NA does not differentiate between addictions, the only difference in the 12 Steps of NA to those of AA is the replacement of "alcohol" with "addiction." You can get more information on the 12 Steps here.
Strength And Responsibility In Numbers
NA helps to create a community around any recovering drug user. 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.
New members always search for sponsors after they have developed a trust with the group. A sponsor helps newcomers to the program by guiding them through the 12 steps as they themselves have already passed through them before. You can have as many sponsors as you want which is beneficial to you.
Get In Touch With A Na Group Near You
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.