Alcoholics Anonymous was the first successful addiction group in the UK after which others like the Narcotics Anonymous followed suit. Narcotics Anonymous was established after the successful responses received by Alcoholics Anonymous. People who are recovering from drugs that aren't alcohol are the main target for these groups. The only thing necessary to become a member of NA is a wish to vanquish the addiction. 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. As long as they are willing to get on the path to recovery, all addicts are allowed to join NA.
From Los Angeles where in 1953, NA is present now in more than 129 countries of the world.
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. 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.
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. In discussion meetings, members share as much or as little as they wish but should mind the timing because consideration for other people is important. Though a new member is encouraged to participate in the to, they are not obliged to take part. Members share one at a time; everyone is asked to share only their own experiences and never comment on the others' - time for conversations is during breaks or when the meeting is over.
NA meetings are underpinned by spirituality rather than based on any kind of religion. Everyone is entitled to their own spiritual power. "God" is usually mentioned at NA meetings, and a prayer is said at the end of a meeting. It has, however, been noticed that some people replace" God "with "higher power" or "good orderly direction." 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.
Some 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:
Addict (Addicted Person, Drug Addict)
NA Members use this term to call themselves, because they recognize that the problem is not use of a particular substance but addiction itself.
Narcotics Anonymous is the book that holds the main ideas on the need for the existence of the group.
Members of an NA group attend regularly scheduled meetings.
This refers to any force, which is loving and is helping a member to stay clean and seek recovery.
Information pamphlets about NA.
New NA members.
When one goes back to taking the drug, they are fighting to quit regardless of length of time.
This involves telling stories of what you've gone through during addiction and afterwards.
This are the participants that guide others through the different recovery stages.
The members who hold service positions in NA.
The Differences Of Open And Closed Aa Meetings
Like Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, the ones held by Narcotics Anonymous can be "open" and "closed." Open meetings are open for everyone, including those who want to support a loved one or is just interested in how the group works. The addict members are the only ones allowed to attend the "closed" meeting.
Deciding on the type of meeting you would like to attend will solely depend on your comfort level and is up to you. This choice is best decided after you have experienced both forms of meetings.
12 Stages Of Recovery
The NA 12 Steps are based on the AA original 12 Steps. 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 learn more about Twelve Steps here.
Power And Responsibility In Numbers
The NA community is one of its strengths. The NA family members are all recovering addicts who care and love one another providing a safe, comforting place of refuge for a new member to start healing.
After the new member is settled and can find their way around the group, it is time to look for a sponsor. A sponsor is an individual who is already established in NA and can also act as a mentor because he or she is well-versed with the 12 steps. You can have as many sponsors as you want which is beneficial to you.
Finding A Na Group
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. We are ready to help you select an NA group today call 0800 772 3971.