Alcoholics Anonymous was the first successful addiction group in the UK after which others like the Narcotics Anonymous followed suit. NA (Narcotics Anonymous) came into existence after the great success of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). NA renders support to the people attempting to get rid of from addiction to drugs, rather than just to alcohol. The only thing necessary to become a member of NA is a wish to vanquish the addiction. NA admits as members anyone involved in any drug problem including alcohol. The use of more than one drug is also recognized in NA. Anyone seeking help with a drug problem is encouraged to join NA.
Officially NA was founded in 1953 in Los Angeles, and has spread all over the world, currently having thousands of groups in 129 countries.
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. All NA members are actually recovering addicts who wish to help others surmount addictions.
As an NA member, you are welcomed, accepted just as you with no judgemental attitudes and you'll be cared for.
The meetings conducted are usually just discussions or speaker meetings.
During discussion meetings, members share their personal stories of addiction and recovery as they relate to their lives. The speaker sessions involve one person sharing their experience with the whole group. Meetings are designed so members can share their experiences but they need to remain courteous. 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 though spiritual are not based on a particular religion. 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. References to God are certainly made during parts of the NA meeting, and a prayer is also held before the closing of the meeting. Since it is not the same "God" they refer to, people are at liberty to recognise their own higher power. The recognition of a higher power is supposed to enable a form of moral ground and strength and not necessarily religion.
First Meeting Terms You Need To Know There are certain words that you're likely to encounter when you attend NA meetings and some of those you should know about include:
It is used to refer to the person who is dependent on any kind of drug.
Basic Text (NA Basic Text Or The Big Book)
This book contains our core ideas and is titled Narcotics Anonymous.
Members of an NA group attend regularly scheduled meetings.
A spiritual being that offers guidance and help in the recovery process.
Information pamphlets are texts about various aspects of NA activity.
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.
An experienced member who is willing to offer guidance and support through the 12 steps.
The members who hold service positions in NA.
Closed And Open Meetings
The Narcotics Anonymous Meetings can either be open or closed just like AA meetings. Open meetings admit friends and loved ones of the member who want to understand how NA works to offer better support to their loved one. A closed meeting is open only for recovering addicts.
Deciding on the type of meeting you would like to attend will solely depend on your comfort level and is up to you. 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.
The Twelve Steps For Na
The NA 12 Steps are based on the AA original 12 Steps. There is only one difference between these programs: in NA terminology a broader term "addiction" is used instead of "alcoholism" because NA doesn't draw a distinction between addictions to different substances. You can find here more detail about the 12 stages.
Strength And Responsibility In Numbers
The NA community is one of its strengths. 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 person who's new to the group can find a sponsor once they've familiarized themselves with NA and has gotten to know more about the group members. 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.
Locating 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. 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. Let us help you to find an NA group call 0800 772 3971 today.