Narcotics Anonymous Background
Narcotics Anonymous was created on the model of Alcoholics Anonymous, which is the oldest and most popular support group for addicts in the UK. The success of alcoholics anonymous is what prompted the creation of Narcotics Anonymous. If a person is struggling to top the overdependence of the narcotics, NA is the perfect solution for them. 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 Will You Find In Na Meetings
It's normal to be a bit afraid of going to a meeting, but just remember that everyone was once in your shoes. 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.
NA groups will always try to provide a welcoming environment in which no one will judge you.
In some of the meetings, there may be a speaker while in others people will be having open discussions.
During discussion sessions, members talk about their personal experiences, challenges, and relationships during the recovery process. Certain members may be requested to share for most of the speaker meetings. While bearing in mind the time constraints, people will be free to share as much as they'd like during the discussion meetings. 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. No one will judge you since they are all required to only talk about their experiences and not that of others.
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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. There are references to God during the meetings and in some cases a prayer is made at the end of the meeting. It has, however, been noticed that some people replace" God "with "higher power" or "good orderly direction." The recognition of a higher power is supposed to enable a form of moral ground and strength and not necessarily religion.
Some Terminology for Your First Meeting Here Is A Quick Glossary Of Terms Used During NA Meetings As Listed In the NA Official "Intro To NA" Material
- 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
- The book titled Narcotics Anonymous where the core ideas of NA are written and explained.
- 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 and pamphlets on NA.
- New members of NA; those who just joined a NA group.
- A brief or long-lasting return to taking drugs due to a certain lapse in recovery.
- Offering personal experiences during the process of addiction and recovery.
- An experienced member who is willing to offer guidance and support through the 12 steps.
- Trusted Servants
- Members who are employed for the NA.
Closed And Open Meetings
The Narcotics Anonymous Meetings can either be open or closed just like AA meetings. 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.
You decide which kind of group you want to be involved with. Before making a final decision which group to subscribe to, it is a good idea to attend a couple of different ones at first to see which one fits you best.
12 Stages Of Recovery
Narcotics Anonymous also utilizes the 12 established steps of AA and bases their treatment on this procedure. The terminology used by NA replaces any references to "alcohol' simply with 'Addiction" because NA does not distinguish between addictions. You can find here more detail about the 12 stages.
There Is Strength In Numbers
The NA community is one of its strengths. 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 person who's new to the group can find a sponsor once they've familiarized themselves with NA and has gotten to know more about the group members. A sponsor helps newcomers to the program by guiding them through the 12 steps as they themselves have already passed through them before. 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? 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. Come, we shall assist you to find an NA group near you call 0800 246 1509.