How Narcotics Anonymous Came About
Narcotics anonymous is the longest-running and most popular addiction support groups within the UK and is similar in the model which has been designed by Alcoholics Anonymous. After the successful implementation of the Alcoholic Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous was formed. If a person is struggling to top the overdependence of the narcotics, NA is the perfect solution for them. 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. They are aware that polysubstance dependence is common among people. Any addict is welcome if he or she wants to recover.
This movement is now available in 129 countries across the world since it started in 1953 in Los Angeles.
Inside An Na Meeting
Every member of the NA is addicted to some form of drug and so this minimises the fear that people usually have the first time they go there. Any person who has anything to do Narcotics Anonymous was at one point or another a drug user themselves.
No one will look down upon you because of your conditions because everyone is in that same position.
Usually, meetings are either speaker or discussion ones.
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. In discussion meetings, members share as much or as little as they wish but should mind the timing because consideration for other people is important. New members are not required to share their experiences, although they are welcome to do so if they wish. 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.
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Religion Within Narcotics Anonymous
NA meetings are underpinned by spirituality rather than based on any kind of religion. The reference is usually to a higher power without any definition being provided about what the power is because it can be different for every attendee. "God" is usually mentioned at NA meetings, and a prayer is said at the end of a meeting. There are those who would rather refer to "God" as a "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.
Terminology For Your First Meeting In the "Intro to NA", you will come across some of the terms listed below that are often used in the meetings
- It is used to refer to the person who is dependent on any kind of drug.
- Basic Text
- This refers to the basic or core ideas contained in the Narcotics Anonymous book.
- Members of an NA group attend regularly scheduled meetings.
- Higher Power
- This refers to any force, which is loving and is helping a member to stay clean and seek recovery.
- IPs (Informational Pamphlets)
- These are pamphlets that provide information on NA.
- Newly Registered NA members.
- This is when a recovering addict slightly gets back to the drug use ways.
- Opening up on your condition to the other members.
- An experienced member who is willing to offer guidance and support through the 12 steps.
- Group Trusted Servants (Trusted Servants)
- Members who are employed for the NA.
What Are Closed And Open Meetings
The differences between the meetings of Narcotics Anonymous & Alcoholics Anonymous are similar and can either be "open" or "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.
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. It's also a good idea to try a few of different meetings and groups until you find the one that fits your needs best, which you like and time of which meets your schedule.
The 12 Steps Of Na
The 12 stages of recovery are thoroughly followed in NA. Since NA does not differentiate between addictions, the only difference in the 12 Steps of NA to those of AA is the replacement of "alcohol" with "addiction." You can go here to find out more about the 12 steps.
Strength And Responsibility In Numbers
The community is one of the most powerful aspects of NA. The meeting will always provide an environment in which the recovering user will feel comfortable since the people they'll find there are on the same recovery path as them.
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 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.
Finding A Na Group
Do you need to find an NA group to join for help with your drug addiction? More than 61 thousand of NA meetings are held every week round the world, so there are lots of options that will meet your needs and fit in your schedule. We are ready to help you select an NA group today call 0800 246 1509.