Narcotics Anonymous was created on the model of Alcoholics Anonymous, which is the oldest and most popular support group for addicts in the UK. Narcotics Anonymous was established after the successful responses received by Alcoholics 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. Wanting to give up drugs is the only qualification for joining Narcotics Anonymous. Narcotics Anonymous groups make no distinction between types of addictive substances, including alcohol. NA recognizes that people do get addicted to multiple drugs at once. Anyone seeking help with a drug problem is encouraged to join NA.
This movement is now available in 129 countries across the world since it started in 1953 in Los Angeles.
What Happens In 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 can be said with a degree of certainty that Narcotics Anonymous members are all recovering addicts who are looking forward to helping others recover.
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. While bearing in mind the time constraints, people will be free to share as much as they'd like during the discussion meetings. Though a new member is encouraged to participate in the to, they are not obliged to take part. 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.
NA meetings are underpinned by spirituality rather than based on any kind of religion. Each person is free to relate to the higher power whoever they conceive him to be. There are references to God during the meetings and in some cases a prayer is made at the end of the meeting. Some people though, will replace God with "Good orderly direction" or "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.
Terminology For Your First Meeting In the "Intro to NA", you will come across some of the terms listed below that are often used in the meetings:
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.
Basic Text (NA Basic Text Or The Big Book)
This book contains our core ideas and is titled Narcotics Anonymous.
These are the people who meet regularly for the planned meetings.
This refers to any force, which is loving and is helping a member to stay clean 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.
Opening up on your condition to the other members.
A member who has the experience to help you go through the 12 Steps.
These are the leaders and heads of NA.
The Differences Of Open And Closed Aa Meetings
The Narcotics Anonymous Meetings can either be open or closed just like AA meetings. Family members and friends are allowed to attend the "Open" meetings. 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. Depending on your schedule, character and needs, you may want to try out several groups first before deciding on a particular one.
The Twelve Steps For Na
Although originally used in the AA, the 12 steps are also utilized by NA to guide its meetings. 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.
Liability And Power 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. 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.
Acquiring A Narcotics Anonymous Group
Do you want to get over that addiction by joining a Narcotics Anonymous Group? There are many groups for you to choose from since in the whole world, there are at least 61,000 NA meetings each week. If you need to find an NA group, get in touch with us call 0800 772 3971.