Narcotics Anonymous was created on the model of Alcoholics Anonymous, which is the oldest and most popular support group for addicts in the UK. NA (Narcotics Anonymous) came into existence after the great success of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). While AA provides support for those addicted to alcohol, NA, on the other hand, focuses on those addicted to drugs. 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. This group realises that people can be addicted to more than a single drug. Anyone seeking help with a drug problem is encouraged to join NA.
Although it is currently found in 129 countries, the original NA started in 1953 in Los Angeles.
Inside 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. It can be said with a degree of certainty that Narcotics Anonymous members are all recovering addicts who are looking forward to helping others recover.
NA groups will always try to provide a welcoming environment in which no one will judge you.
Usually, meetings are either speaker or discussion ones.
During discussion sessions, members talk about their personal experiences, challenges, and relationships during the recovery process. The speaker sessions involve one person sharing their experience with the whole group. One is allowed to share what he or she feels to in the discussion sessions. You can choose to share if it's your first time there but you will not be required to. 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.
NA meetings though spiritual are not based on a particular religion. Everyone is entitled to their own spiritual power. The seminars are always closed with prayers and also looking up to s spiritual power for guidance. Since it is not the same "God" they refer to, people are at liberty to recognise their own higher power. What is meant by higher power is a set of guiding moral values and strength, which has nothing to do with any religion.
First Meeting Terms You Need To Know The NA "Intro to NA" material lists the following terms to help a newcomer follow the meeting:
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.
This book contains our core ideas and is titled Narcotics Anonymous.
Members of an NA group attend regularly scheduled meetings.
This refers to any force, which is loving and is helping a member to stay clean and seek recovery.
Information pamphlets are texts about various aspects of NA activity.
New NA members.
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.
These are members who are able to guide others through the recovery steps based on their own experiences.
Members who have service positions in NA.
Difference Between Closed And Open 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. Recovering addicts have exclusive use of closed meetings.
You can choose the sort of meeting you'd like to attend depending on what makes you more comfortable. Depending on your schedule, character and needs, you may want to try out several groups first before deciding on a particular one.
The 12 Stages
Although originally used in the AA, the 12 steps are also utilized by NA to guide its meetings. 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 learn more about Twelve Steps here.
Strength And Responsibility In Numbers
One of the strongest points of NA is its fellowship. Since NA consists of people recovering from addiction who try to take care of their own selves, its meetings provide newcomers with a really welcome environment which greatly contributes to help and healing.
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. A sponsor is an individual who is already established in NA and can also act as a mentor because he or she is well-versed with the 12 steps. Wisdom dictates it is best to have a sponsor who is themselves sponsored in order to have accountability on multi-levels.
Finding A Na Group
Do you want to get over that addiction by joining a Narcotics Anonymous Group? You will definitely get a group that fits your schedule and needs from the 61,000 gatherings taking place weekly all over the world. We are ready to help you select an NA group today call 0800 772 3971.