How Narcotics Anonymous Came About
The Alcoholic Anonymous support group was formed in the UK years ago, and other groups have been established adopting the same model, Narcotics Anonymous is one of these. The achievements of the Alcoholics Anonymous led to the founding of the Narcotics Anonymous. While AA provides support for those addicted to alcohol, NA, on the other hand, focuses on those addicted to drugs. A desire to overcome an addiction is the only requirement to become a member of NA. Narcotics Anonymous groups make no distinction between types of addictive substances, including alcohol. This group realises that people can be addicted to more than a single drug. You will get the help you need if you are an addict to any drug.
Officially NA was founded in 1953 in Los Angeles, and has spread all over the world, currently having thousands of groups in 129 countries.
What Happens In 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.
No one will look down upon you because of your conditions because everyone is in that same position.
A person may be called to talk to all the addicts or they can discuss among themselves.
During discussion meetings, members are required to share their personal stories of addiction and recovery as it relates to their lives. In speaker meetings, one or more member within the group is asked to share their experience for the majority of the meeting. 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. 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.
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Spirituality In Narcotics Anonymous
NA meetings are grounded on spirituality and are not dependent on any 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. 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.
Words Used in the Meetings In the "Intro to NA", you will come across some of the terms listed below that are often used in the meetings
- There term refers to us the members for we recognize the use of a certain drug is not the problem but the addiction itself.
- Basic Text
- This book contains our core ideas and is titled Narcotics Anonymous.
- Members of an NA group attend regularly scheduled meetings.
- Higher Power
- A mighty loving force that helps a member stay clean, be committed and seek recovery.
- Information pamphlets are texts about various aspects of NA activity.
- Newly Registered NA members.
- When any lapse in the recovery results in a brief or an extended return to drug use.
- Telling others your personal story as regards the addiction and recovery.
- An experienced member who is willing to offer guidance and support through the 12 steps.
- Group Trusted Servants (Trusted Servants)
- Members who have service positions in 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. A closed meeting is open only for recovering addicts.
You can choose the sort of meeting you'd like to attend depending on what makes you more comfortable. 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.
12 Stages Of Recovery
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 get more information on the 12 Steps here.
Strength And Responsibility In Numbers
The NA community is one of its strengths. 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 newcomer can begin looking for a sponsor once he or she as an attendee is familiar with the structure of NA and has established a relationship within the group. A sponsor is a member who has gained a solid reputation in NA and is savvy enough in the 12 Steps to act as a mentor. It is advisable to select a sponsor who also has a sponsor himself, which results in multiple-layered accountability.
Locating A Narcotics Anonymous Group
Do you need to find an NA group to join for help with your drug addiction? 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 assist you join one of the groups and start your recovery journey call 0800 772 3971.