Narcotics Anonymous Background
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). NA renders support to the people attempting to get rid of from addiction to drugs, rather than just to alcohol. Wanting to give up drugs is the only qualification for joining Narcotics Anonymous. Groups of NA do not make a distinction between drugs of any kind, including alcohol. The use of more than one drug is also recognized in NA. As long as they are willing to get on the path to recovery, all addicts are allowed to join NA.
NA had its official founding in Los Angeles in 1953 and presently spread to numerous locations in 129 countries.
What Goes On In 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. All NA members are actually recovering addicts who wish to help others surmount addictions.
No one will look down upon you because of your conditions because everyone is in that same position.
The meetings conducted are usually just discussions or speaker meetings.
During discussion meetings, members share their personal stories of addiction and recovery as they relate to their lives. In speaker meetings, a member takes control of most of the meeting addressing areas or issues that concern everyone. One is allowed to share what he or she feels to in the discussion sessions. It may be difficult for new people to open up since they are still trying to build the trust with other members of the group. During the discussions, members speak one at a time and are asked to refrain from commenting on another person. Such conversations take place during breaks or after the meeting is ended.
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Religion In Na
Spirituality is adhered to in NA although the groups are not affiliated to any religious groups. 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. 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 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 brief vocabulary of terms routinely used in NA meetings, taken from the NA official "Intro to NA" booklet
- There term refers to us the members for we recognize the use of a certain drug is not the problem but the addiction itself.
- Basic Text
- Narcotics Anonymous is the book that holds the main ideas on the need for the existence of the group.
- Members of an NA group attend regularly scheduled meetings.
- Higher Power
- A spiritual being that offers guidance and help in the recovery process.
- These are pamphlets that provide information on NA.
- New members of NA; those who just joined a NA group.
- A brief or long-lasting return to taking drugs due to a certain lapse in recovery.
- Telling others your personal story as regards the addiction and recovery.
- An experienced NA member who provides guidance and support to those going through the 12 Steps.
- Group Trusted Servants (Trusted Servants)
- 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." 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. The addict members are the only ones allowed to attend the "closed" meeting.
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
The NA 12 Steps are based on the AA original 12 Steps. 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 get more information on the 12 Steps here.
Being Accountable To The Group
The community is one of the most powerful aspects of NA. 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.
After the new member is settled and can find their way around the group, it is time to look for a sponsor. This are people that are in the later stages of recovery and know more about the steps of effectively achieving that. Wisdom dictates it is best to have a sponsor who is themselves sponsored in order to have accountability on multi-levels.
Acquiring 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. 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 246 1509.