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. 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. The only thing necessary to become a member of NA is a wish to vanquish the addiction. Anyone who is trying to give up addiction to any substance including alcohol can join NA. 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 Happens In 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 is a community where the members look to help each other overcome the different forms of addiction.
NA groups will always try to provide a welcoming environment in which no one will judge you.
The meetings conducted are usually just discussions or speaker meetings.
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. The members are allowed to talk to each other during breaks and after the meetings but during discussions, only the person sharing is allowed to speak and people can only share their experiences and don't comment on others'.
NA meetings are grounded on spirituality and are not dependent on any religion. 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. It has, however, been noticed that some people replace" God "with "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.
A guide of what you are going to hear during your first meetings In the "Intro to NA", you will come across some of the terms listed below that are often used in the meetings:
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.
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.
A mighty loving force that helps a member stay clean, be committed and seek recovery.
Information pamphlets about 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.
Offering personal experiences during the process of addiction and recovery.
This are the participants that guide others through the different recovery stages.
These are the leaders and heads of NA.
The Differences Of Open And Closed Aa Meetings
The Narcotics Anonymous Meetings can either be open or closed just like AA meetings. Any individual is allowed to attend open meetings, including those that are interested in the group and want to understand how it works or is looking forward to attending the meeting to support a loved one. Closed meetings are for the members only.
You decide which kind of group you want to be involved with. This choice is best decided after you have experienced both forms of meetings.
Na 12 Steps
The treatment and support provided by Narcotics Anonymous is based on the well-known 12 steps, established by AA. The terminology used by NA replaces any references to "alcohol' simply with 'Addiction" because NA does not distinguish between addictions. 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. 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.
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 a member who has gained a solid reputation in NA and is savvy enough in the 12 Steps to act as a mentor. You can have as many sponsors as you want which is beneficial to you.
Locating A Narcotics Anonymous Group
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