How Narcotics Anonymous Came To Be
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. 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. Groups of NA do not make a distinction between drugs of any kind, including alcohol. The use of more than one drug is also recognized in NA. As long as they are willing to get on the path to recovery, all addicts are allowed to join NA.
Although it is currently found in 129 countries, the original NA started in 1953 in Los Angeles.
What To Anticipate From 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. 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.
Usually, meetings are either speaker or discussion ones.
During discussion meetings, members are required to share their personal stories of addiction and recovery as it relates to their lives. In case of a speaker meeting, one or several members are asked to speak to the most of the attendees. While bearing in mind the time constraints, people will be free to share as much as they'd like during the discussion meetings. New persons are not made share, but if they choose to do so, they are welcome. Sharing their experiences is held one at a time and members are instructed only to share their story without commenting on others because conversations can be held during any breaks or after the meeting.
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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. 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. In some parts of the NA meetings, "God" is recognized and there is usually prayer at the end of the meetings. There are those who would rather refer to "God" as a "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.
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
- 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.
- Higher Power
- A spiritual being that offers guidance and help in the recovery process.
- These are pamphlets that provide information on NA.
- Newly Registered NA members.
- When one goes back to taking the drug, they are fighting to quit regardless of length of time.
- Offering other members one's personal experience related to one's addiction and recovery.
- A member who has the experience to help you go through the 12 Steps.
- Group Trusted Servants (Trusted Servants)
- These are members of NA who are specifically tasked with certain duties.
Closed And Open Meetings
"Open" and "Closed" are the different ways through which people assemble in NA which is similar to that of AA. Open meetings admit friends and loved ones of the member who want to understand how NA works to offer better support to their loved one. Only recovering drug users can attend the closed meetings.
You can choose the sort of meeting you'd like to attend depending on what makes you more comfortable. This choice is best decided after you have experienced both forms of meetings.
The 12 Steps Of Na
The treatment and support provided by Narcotics Anonymous is based on the well-known 12 steps, established by AA. 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.
There Is Strength In Numbers
The community is one of the most powerful aspects of NA. 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. In order to establish multiple levels of accountability advice is provided that sponsors that also have a sponsor should be chosen.
Finding A Na Group
Do you need to find an NA group to join for help with your drug addiction? There are over 61,000 groups holding meetings weekly all over the world; there will be one that will be the perfect fit for you. If you need to find an NA group, get in touch with us call 0800 772 3971.