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. If a person is struggling to top the overdependence of the narcotics, NA is the perfect solution for them. People who are trying to stop the dependence on different drugs are welcomed to the NA. It does not matter the type of drug you are addicted to as all people are welcomed to this group. This group realises that people can be addicted to more than a single drug. Any addict who is looking forward to recovering is welcome to join the group.
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 Will You Find In Na Meetings
Every member of the NA is addicted to some form of drug and so this minimises the fear that people usually have the first time they go there. 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.
People will be sharing their life stories and challenges that they encounter while recovering in the discussion meetings. The speaker sessions involve one person sharing their experience with the whole group. During the discussion meetings, members are not forced to participate or to talk more than they are ready to. It may be difficult for new people to open up since they are still trying to build the trust with other members of the group. 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.
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Religion Within Narcotics Anonymous
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. 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.
Some Terminology for Your First Meeting There are certain words that you're likely to encounter when you attend NA meetings and some of those you should know about include
- The term which is used as a reference to ourselves because we view addiction itself as the problem rather than the use of a specific substance.
- Basic Text
- Narcotics Anonymous is the book that holds the main ideas on the need for the existence of the group.
- Members who are holding one or more NA meetings scheduled regularly are identified as a group.
- Higher Power
- A force that transcends the recovering user that can help them to abstain.
- Information and pamphlets on NA.
- People who've recently been welcomed to NA.
- This is a short or long return to drug use after a certain period of abstinence.
- This involves telling stories of what you've gone through during addiction and afterwards.
- These are members who are able to guide others through the recovery steps based on their own experiences.
- Group Trusted Servants (Trusted Servants)
- These are the leaders and heads of NA.
Difference Between 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. Recovering addicts have exclusive use of closed meetings.
The members are free to choose the type of meeting they wish to be attending. 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
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 go here to find out more about the 12 steps.
Strength 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.
New members always search for sponsors after they have developed a trust with the group. This are people that are in the later stages of recovery and know more about the steps of effectively achieving that. Wisdom dictates it is best to have a sponsor who is themselves sponsored in order to have accountability on multi-levels.
Get In Touch With A Na Group Near You
Are you ready to find a Narcotics Anonymous group for help in overcoming your addiction? You will definitely get a group that fits your schedule and needs from the 61,000 gatherings taking place weekly all over the world. If you need to find an NA group, get in touch with us call 0800 772 3971.