Alcoholics Anonymous was the first successful addiction group in the UK after which others like the Narcotics Anonymous followed suit. After the successful implementation of the Alcoholic Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous was formed. 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. Anyone who is trying to give up addiction to any substance including alcohol can join NA. NA recognizes that people do get addicted to multiple drugs at once. 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 Goes On In An Na Meeting
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. Any person who has anything to do Narcotics Anonymous was at one point or another a drug user themselves.
You can be absolutely sure that the support group will provide really welcoming, caring, and non-judgmental environment.
Usually, meetings are either speaker or discussion ones.
During discussion sessions, members talk about their personal experiences, challenges, and relationships during the recovery process. In case of a speaker meeting, one or several members are asked to speak to the most of the attendees. Meetings are designed so members can share their experiences but they need to remain courteous. New persons are not made share, but if they choose to do so, they are welcome. 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.
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. Nevertheless, members are free to replace "God" with either "good orderly direction" or "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.
A guide of what you are going to hear during your first meetings The NA "Intro to NA" material lists the following terms to help a newcomer follow the meeting:
Addict (Addicted Person, Drug Addict)
It is used to refer to the person who is dependent on any kind of drug.
Narcotics Anonymous is the book that holds the main ideas on the need for the existence of the group.
NA Members who conduct one or more NA meetings on a scheduled basis.
A spiritual being that offers guidance and help in the recovery process.
These are pamphlets that provide information on NA.
The newly signed participants of NA.
A brief or long-lasting return to taking drugs due to a certain lapse in recovery.
Telling others your personal story as regards the addiction and recovery.
This are the participants that guide others through the different recovery stages.
These are the leaders and heads of NA.
What Are Closed And Open Meetings
Just like in Alcoholic Anonymous, a Narcotics Anonymous meeting is either "open" or "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. Recovering addicts have exclusive use of closed meetings.
The members are free to choose the type of meeting they wish to be attending. It's also a good idea to try a few of different meetings and groups until you find the one that fits your needs best, which you like and time of which meets your schedule.
12 Stages Of Recovery
The 12 stages of recovery are thoroughly followed in NA. 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 get more information on the 12 Steps here.
Liability And Power In Numbers
NA helps to create a community around any recovering drug user. 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 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. In order to establish multiple levels of accountability advice is provided that sponsors that also have a sponsor should be chosen.
Acquiring A Narcotics Anonymous Group
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.