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. 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. 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. NA recognizes that people do get addicted to multiple drugs at once. Any addict who is looking forward to recovering is welcome to join the group.
From Los Angeles where in 1953, NA is present now in more than 129 countries of the world.
What Will You Find In Na Meetings
Everyone you'll find in narcotics anonymous meetings has been where you are even if you're feeling nervous about it. 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.
No one will look down upon you because of your conditions because everyone is in that same position.
Usually, meetings are either speaker or discussion ones.
During discussion meetings, members share their personal stories of addiction and recovery as they relate to their lives. In case of a speaker meeting, one or several members are asked to speak to the most of the attendees. 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. 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'.
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Spirituality In Narcotics Anonymous
Spirituality is adhered to in NA although the groups are not affiliated to any religious groups. Since everyone has their own personal beliefs, the references to a higher power don't define what this higher power is. 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". No religion is forced on the members but they just have to appreciate the fact that the higher power is the one guiding them to recovery from addiction.
Terminology For Your First Meeting The NA "Intro to NA" material lists the following terms to help a newcomer follow the meeting
- 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
- The book titled Narcotics Anonymous where the core ideas of NA are written and explained.
- These are participants of the meetings of NA.
- Higher Power
- A force that transcends the recovering user that can help them to abstain.
- Information pamphlets are texts about various aspects of NA activity.
- New NA members.
- This is when a recovering addict slightly gets back to the drug use ways.
- Offering other members one's personal experience related to one's addiction and recovery.
- This are the participants that guide others through the different recovery stages.
- Group Trusted Servants (Trusted Servants)
- Members who have service positions in NA.
The Differences Of Open And Closed AA Meetings
"Open" and "Closed" are the different ways through which people assemble in NA which is similar to that of AA. People who want to show support to a loved one or people who just want to find out about the group can attend the open meetings. The addict members are the only ones allowed to attend the "closed" meeting.
You decide which kind of group you want to be involved 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 Steps Of Na
The NA 12 Steps are based on the AA original 12 Steps. 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 learn more about Twelve Steps here.
Power And Responsibility In Numbers
The group of members is what makes NA achieve its objectives. 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 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.
Get In Touch With A Na Group Near You
Do you want to get over that addiction by joining a Narcotics Anonymous 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. If you need to find an NA group, get in touch with us call 0800 246 1509.