Narcotics Anonymous was created on the model of Alcoholics Anonymous, which is the oldest and most popular support group for addicts in the UK. NA (Narcotics Anonymous) came into existence after the great success of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). While AA provides support for those addicted to alcohol, NA, on the other hand, focuses on those addicted to drugs. The only thing necessary to become a member of NA is a wish to vanquish the addiction. Narcotics Anonymous groups make no distinction between types of addictive substances, including alcohol. Moreover, they admit that addiction to several substances is common indeed. 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
It's normal to be a bit afraid of going to a meeting, but just remember that everyone was once in your shoes. All NA members are actually recovering addicts who wish to help others surmount addictions.
You can rest assured of receiving an environment from the group which will be caring, welcoming and non-judgmental.
A person may be called to talk to all the addicts or they can discuss among themselves.
Opening up is one of the ways through which the members get to learn about each other in the group during the discussion sessions. In speaker meetings, one or more member within the group is asked to share their experience for the majority of the meeting. During the discussion meetings, members are not forced to participate or to talk more than they are ready to. New persons are not made share, but if they choose to do so, they are welcome. 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.
NA meetings are grounded on spirituality and are not dependent on any religion. Each person is free to relate to the higher power whoever they conceive him to be. References to God are certainly made during parts of the NA meeting, and a prayer is also held before the closing of the meeting. There are those who would rather refer to "God" as a "higher power" or "good orderly direction." The aspect of higher power is just to set as a guiding morality and strength and is not dependent on any religion.
Some 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 (NA Basic Text Or The Big Book)
This book contains our core ideas and is titled Narcotics Anonymous.
These are participants of the meetings of NA.
A force that transcends the recovering user that can help them to abstain.
These are pamphlets that provide information on NA.
Newly Registered NA members.
This is a short or long return to drug use after a certain period of abstinence.
Opening up on your condition to the other members.
This are the participants that guide others through the different recovery stages.
The members who hold service positions in NA.
The Differences Of Open And Closed Aa Meetings
The Narcotics Anonymous Meetings can either be open or closed just like AA meetings. People who want to show support to a loved one or people who just want to find out about the group can attend the open meetings. A closed meeting is open only for recovering addicts.
It is up for you to decide which type of group you would like to attend, depending on what option you'll feel more comfortable with. 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
Although originally used in the AA, the 12 steps are also utilized by NA to guide its meetings. The fact that NA deals with different forms of drug dependence is the difference with the 1 stages used in Alcoholics Anonymous. You can read more about the 12 steps here.
Liability And Power In Numbers
The community is one of the most powerful aspects of NA. 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.
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. Wisdom dictates it is best to have a sponsor who is themselves sponsored in order to have accountability on multi-levels.
Finding A Na Group
Do you want to get over that addiction by joining a Narcotics Anonymous Group? 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. Come, we shall assist you to find an NA group near you call 0800 772 3971.