How Narcotics Anonymous Came About
Alcoholics Anonymous was the first successful addiction group in the UK after which others like the Narcotics Anonymous followed suit. The achievements of the Alcoholics Anonymous led to the founding of the Narcotics Anonymous. NA provides the support needed by people who are looking forward to recovering or making an attempt to recover from an addiction of drugs other than just alcohol. People who are trying to stop the dependence on different drugs are welcomed to the NA. 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. Any addict who is looking forward to recovering is welcome to join the group.
This movement is now available in 129 countries across the world since it started in 1953 in Los Angeles.
What To Anticipate From 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.
No one will look down upon you because of your conditions because everyone is in that same position.
A person may be called to talk to all the addicts or they can discuss among themselves.
During discussion meetings, members are required to share their personal stories of addiction and recovery as it relates to their lives. In speaker meetings, one or more member within the group is asked to share their experience for the majority of the meeting. Meetings are designed so members can share their experiences but they need to remain courteous. 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.
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Spirituality In Narcotics Anonymous
NA meetings are underpinned by spirituality rather than based on any kind of religion. It refers to a higher power but no definition is given, because this notion can be understood differently by everyone. References to God are certainly made during parts of the NA meeting, and a prayer is also held before the closing 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.
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
- 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.
- Basic Text
- Narcotics Anonymous is the book that holds the main ideas on the need for the existence of the group.
- These are the people who meet regularly for the planned meetings.
- Higher Power
- This refers to any force, which is loving and is helping a member to stay clean and seek recovery.
- Information pamphlets about NA.
- The newly signed participants of NA.
- A brief or long-lasting return to taking drugs due to a certain lapse in recovery.
- Offering other members one's personal experience related to one's addiction and recovery.
- An experienced NA member who provides guidance and support to those going through the 12 Steps.
- Trusted servants
- Members who have service positions in NA.
What Are Closed And Open Meetings
The differences between the meetings of Narcotics Anonymous & Alcoholics Anonymous are similar and can either be "open" or "closed." 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. The addict members are the only ones allowed to attend the "closed" meeting.
You can choose the sort of meeting you'd like to attend depending on what makes you more comfortable. 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.
Na 12 Steps
The NA 12 Steps are based on the AA original 12 Steps. 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 find here more detail about the 12 stages.
Power And Responsibility In Numbers
The group of members is what makes NA achieve its objectives. 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.
After the new member is settled and can find their way around the group, it is time to look for a sponsor. 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.
Get In Touch With A Na Group Near You
Are you willing to find a Narcotics Anonymous group to help you get rid of your dependence? There are many groups for you to choose from since in the whole world, there are at least 61,000 NA meetings each week. We are ready to help you select an NA group today call 0800 246 1509.