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). People who are recovering from drugs that aren't alcohol are the main target for these groups. A desire to overcome an addiction is the only requirement to become a member of NA. It does not matter the type of drug you are addicted to as all people are welcomed to this group. 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 To Anticipate From 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. 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.
A person may be called to talk to all the addicts or they can discuss among themselves.
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. One is allowed to share what he or she feels to in the discussion sessions. New members are not required to share their experiences, although they are welcome to do so if they wish. No one will judge you since they are all required to only talk about their experiences and not that of others.
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. "God" is usually mentioned at NA meetings, and a prayer is said at the end of a meeting. It has, however, been noticed that some people replace" God "with "higher power" or "good orderly direction." What is meant by higher power is a set of guiding moral values and strength, which has nothing to do with any religion.
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:
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 (NA Basic Text Or The Big Book)
The book titled Narcotics Anonymous where the core ideas of NA are written and explained.
Members of an NA group attend regularly scheduled meetings.
A force that transcends the recovering user that can help them to abstain.
IPs (Informational Pamphlets)
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.
Opening up on your condition to the other members.
This are the participants that guide others through the different recovery stages.
Members who have service positions in NA.
Closed Vs Open Gatherings
Like Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, the ones held by Narcotics Anonymous can be "open" and "closed." 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. Recovering addicts have exclusive use of closed meetings.
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.
The 12 Stages
Narcotics Anonymous also utilizes the 12 established steps of AA and bases their treatment on this procedure. 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.
Power And Responsibility In Numbers
NA helps to create a community around any recovering drug user. NA is a congregation of recovering addicts who take care of their own meetings and provide a welcoming environment of help and healing for newcomers.
New members always search for sponsors after they have developed a trust with the group. A sponsor is an individual who is already established in NA and can also act as a mentor because he or she is well-versed with the 12 steps. 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.
Acquiring A Narcotics Anonymous Group
Are you willing to find a Narcotics Anonymous group to help you get rid of your dependence? 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. Let us help you to find an NA group call 0800 772 3971 today.