Narcotics Anonymous was created on the model of Alcoholics Anonymous, which is the oldest and most popular support group for addicts in the UK. After the successful implementation of the Alcoholic Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous was formed. 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. It does not matter the type of drug you are addicted to as all people are welcomed to this group. They are aware that polysubstance dependence is common among people. You will get the help you need if you are an addict to any drug.
From Los Angeles where in 1953, NA is present now in more than 129 countries of the world.
Inside An Na Meeting
It is natural to be intimidated by the thought of going for a meeting with this group, but it is essential to understand that members were once at the same stage as you are. It is a community where the members look to help each other overcome the different forms of addiction.
As an NA member, you are welcomed, accepted just as you with no judgemental attitudes and you'll be cared for.
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. 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. During the discussions, members speak one at a time and are asked to refrain from commenting on another person. Such conversations take place during breaks or after the meeting is ended.
All though the basis of the group is spiritual, the meetings aren't founded on any religious principle. The reference is usually to a higher power without any definition being provided about what the power is because it can be different for every attendee. There are references to God during the meetings and in some cases a prayer is made at the end of the meeting. It has, however, been noticed that some people replace" God "with "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 There are certain words that you're likely to encounter when you attend NA meetings and some of those you should know about include:
Using a certain drug isn't seen as the cause of the problem and the real problem is seen to be the addiction hence the use of the word addict.
This refers to the basic or core ideas contained in the Narcotics Anonymous book.
Members of an NA group attend regularly scheduled meetings.
A mighty loving force that helps a member stay clean, be committed and seek recovery.
Information pamphlets about NA.
The newly signed participants of NA.
This is when a recovering addict slightly gets back to the drug use ways.
This involves telling stories of what you've gone through during addiction and afterwards.
These are members who are able to guide others through the recovery steps based on their own experiences.
Group Trusted Servants (Trusted Servants)
Members who are employed for the NA.
What Are Closed And Open Meetings
Like Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, the ones held by Narcotics Anonymous can be "open" and "closed." Family members and friends are allowed to attend the "Open" meetings. The addict members are the only ones allowed to attend the "closed" meeting.
It is up for you to decide which type of group you would like to attend, depending on what option you'll feel more comfortable with. Before making a final decision which group to subscribe to, it is a good idea to attend a couple of different ones at first to see which one fits you best.
Na 12 Steps
The NA 12 Steps are based on the AA original 12 Steps. 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 read more about the 12 steps here.
Strength And Responsibility In Numbers
The group of members is what makes NA achieve its objectives. 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.
After the new member is settled and can find their way around the group, it is time to look for a sponsor. This are people that are in the later stages of recovery and know more about the steps of effectively achieving that. It is advisable to select a sponsor who also has a sponsor himself, which results in multiple-layered accountability.
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. You will have no difficulties in making a choice from the many options suitable for your needs and lifestyle from one of the 61,000 meetings, which are held every week throughout the world. We are ready to assist you join one of the groups and start your recovery journey call 0800 772 3971.