Alcoholics Anonymous was the first successful addiction group in the UK after which others like the Narcotics Anonymous followed suit. 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. 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. Anyone seeking help with a drug problem is encouraged to join NA.
NA had its official founding in Los Angeles in 1953 and presently spread to numerous locations in 129 countries.
What Happens 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. It is a community where the members look to help each other overcome the different forms of addiction.
No one will look down upon you because of your conditions because everyone is in that same position.
NA meetings are ordinarily discussions or have a speaker.
During discussion sessions, members talk about their personal experiences, challenges, and relationships during the recovery process. The speaker sessions involve one person sharing their experience with the whole group. 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. Sharing their experiences is held one at a time and members are instructed only to share their story without commenting on others because conversations can be held during any breaks or after the meeting.
All though the basis of the group is spiritual, the meetings aren't founded on any religious principle. 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. Some people though, will replace God with "Good orderly direction" or "higher power". The recognition of a higher power is supposed to enable a form of moral ground and strength and not necessarily religion.
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:
It is used to refer to the person who is dependent on any kind of drug.
This book contains our core ideas and is titled Narcotics Anonymous.
NA Members who conduct one or more NA meetings on a scheduled basis.
Any stronger and loving force that assists the member overcome and remain clean from addiction.
Information and pamphlets on NA.
The newly signed participants of NA.
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.
A member who has the experience to help you go through the 12 Steps.
Members who are employed for the NA.
Closed And Open Meetings
Just like in Alcoholic Anonymous, a Narcotics Anonymous meeting is either "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. 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.
The 12 Steps Of Na
Although originally used in the AA, the 12 steps are also utilized by NA to guide its meetings. Narcotics Anonymous doesn't focus on any particular drug and the terms used are the same as those used in AA except for the references to alcohol. You can find here more detail about the 12 stages.
Being Accountable To The Group
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 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 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. You can have as many sponsors as you want which is beneficial to you.
Locating A Narcotics Anonymous Group
If you're trying to get on the path to recovery and planning to stay there, it's a good idea to find an NA group. You will definitely get a group that fits your schedule and needs from the 61,000 gatherings taking place weekly all over the world. We are ready to assist you join one of the groups and start your recovery journey call 0800 772 3971.