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 success of alcoholics anonymous is what prompted the creation of Narcotics Anonymous. NA renders support to the people attempting to get rid of from addiction to drugs, rather than just to alcohol. If you desire to quit drug abuse, you qualify to become an NA member. 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 is welcome if he or she wants to recover.
This movement is now available in 129 countries across the world since it started in 1953 in Los Angeles.
What Will You Find In Na Meetings
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. All NA members are all recovering addicts who seek to help others on their recovery journey.
No one will look down upon you because of your conditions because everyone is in that same position.
NA meetings are ordinarily discussions or have a speaker.
During discussion meetings, members are required to share their personal stories of addiction and recovery as it relates to their lives. Certain members may be requested to share for most of the speaker meetings. 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. No one will judge you since they are all required to only talk about their experiences and not that of others.
All though the basis of the group is spiritual, the meetings aren't founded on any religious principle. Since everyone has their own personal beliefs, the references to a higher power don't define what this higher power is. References to God are certainly made during parts of the NA meeting, and a prayer is also held before the closing of the meeting. Since it is not the same "God" they refer to, people are at liberty to recognise their own higher power. The reference to a higher power isn't focused on a particular religion but is supposed to provide strength and guidance on moral matters.
Words Used in the Meetings There are certain words that you're likely to encounter when you attend NA meetings and some of those you should know about include:
It is used to refer to the person who is dependent on any kind of drug.
Basic Text (NA Basic Text Or The Big Book)
This refers to the basic or core ideas contained in the Narcotics Anonymous book.
These are participants of the meetings of NA.
A mighty loving force that helps a member stay clean, be committed and seek recovery.
Information pamphlets about NA.
New members of NA; those who just joined a NA group.
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.
An experienced member who is willing to offer guidance and support through the 12 steps.
The members who hold service positions in NA.
Closed And Open Meetings
Like Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, the ones held by Narcotics Anonymous can be "open" and "closed." 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. Closed meetings are for the members only.
The members are free to choose the type of meeting they wish to be attending. This choice is best decided after you have experienced both forms of meetings.
The 12 Steps Of Na
Narcotics Anonymous also utilizes the 12 established steps of AA and bases their treatment on this procedure. 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 read more about the 12 steps here.
Power And Responsibility In Numbers
One of the strongest points of NA is its fellowship. New addicts that have just joined NA are assured to get the help they need since the groups already have members that are already recovering.
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 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. To ensure that accountability isn't just on a single level, it's usually a good idea to get a sponsor who also has a sponsor.
Narcotics Anonymous Groups For You
Are you ready to find a Narcotics Anonymous group for help in overcoming your addiction? More than 61 thousand of NA meetings are held every week round the world, so there are lots of options that will meet your needs and fit in your schedule. Let us help you to find an NA group call 0800 772 3971 today.