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 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. If you desire to quit drug abuse, you qualify to become an NA member. 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.
From Los Angeles where in 1953, NA is present now in more than 129 countries of the world.
What To Anticipate From 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. Any person who has anything to do Narcotics Anonymous was at one point or another a drug user themselves.
As an NA member, you are welcomed, accepted just as you with no judgemental attitudes and you'll be cared for.
In some of the meetings, there may be a speaker while in others people will be having open discussions.
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, one or more member within the group is asked to share their experience for the majority of the meeting. During the discussion meetings, members are not forced to participate or to talk more than they are ready to. Though a new member is encouraged to participate in the to, they are not obliged to take part. Sharing their experiences is held one at a time and members are instructed only to share their story without commenting on others because conversations can be held during any breaks or after the meeting.
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. 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 aspect of higher power is just to set as a guiding morality and strength and is not dependent on any religion.
Terminology For Your First Meeting There are certain words that you're likely to encounter when you attend NA meetings and some of those you should know about include:
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 who are holding one or more NA meetings scheduled regularly are identified as a group.
Any stronger and loving force that assists the member overcome and remain clean from addiction.
IPs (Informational Pamphlets)
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.
Offering other members one's personal experience related to one's addiction and recovery.
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.
Closed And Open Meetings
Like Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, the ones held by Narcotics Anonymous can be "open" and "closed." 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.
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. Recommendations are also made to ascertain several different groups and meetings until you are able to find one, which can suit your needs, schedule and personality.
The 12 Stages
The 12 stages of recovery are thoroughly followed in NA. 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 get more information on the 12 Steps here.
Power And Responsibility In Numbers
One of the strongest points of NA is its fellowship. The meeting will always provide an environment in which the recovering user will feel comfortable since the people they'll find there are on the same recovery path as them.
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 has been a member of NA for a while and is familiar with the 12 Steps and will be able to support and mentor the new member. In order to establish multiple levels of accountability advice is provided that sponsors that also have a sponsor should be chosen.
Narcotics Anonymous Groups For You
Do you want to get over that addiction by joining a Narcotics Anonymous Group? There are over 61,000 groups holding meetings weekly all over the world; there will be one that will be the perfect fit for you. We are ready to help you select an NA group today call 0800 772 3971.