Narcotics Anonymous Background
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. The achievements of the Alcoholics Anonymous led to the founding of the Narcotics Anonymous. NA renders support to the people attempting to get rid of from addiction to drugs, rather than just to alcohol. The only thing necessary to become a member of NA is a wish to vanquish the addiction. Groups of NA do not make a distinction between drugs of any kind, including alcohol. Moreover, they admit that addiction to several substances is common indeed. Any addict is welcome if he or she wants to recover.
NA had its official founding in Los Angeles in 1953 and presently spread to numerous locations in 129 countries.
Inside An Na Meeting
It is natural to be intimidated by the thought of going for a meeting with this group, but it is essential to understand that members were once at the same stage as you are. All NA members are actually recovering addicts who wish to help others surmount addictions.
As an NA member, you are welcomed, accepted just as you with no judgemental attitudes and you'll be cared for.
Usually, meetings are either speaker or discussion ones.
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. During the discussion meetings, members are not forced to participate or to talk more than they are ready to. Though a new member is encouraged to participate in the to, they are not obliged to take part. 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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Spirituality In Narcotics Anonymous
NA meetings are grounded on spirituality and are not dependent on any 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. In some parts of the NA meetings, "God" is recognized and there is usually prayer at the end of the meetings. Since it is not the same "God" they refer to, people are at liberty to recognise their own higher power. 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 Here Is A Quick Glossary Of Terms Used During NA Meetings As Listed In the NA Official "Intro To NA" Material
- Addict (Addicted Person, Drug Addict)
- 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.
- These are the people who meet regularly for the planned meetings.
- Higher Power
- This refers to any force, which is loving and is helping a member to stay clean and seek recovery.
- Information pamphlets are texts about various aspects of NA activity.
- The newly signed participants of NA.
- When one goes back to taking the drug, they are fighting to quit regardless of length of time.
- 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.
- Trusted Servants
- Members who are employed for the 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. The addict members are the only ones allowed to attend the "closed" meeting.
Deciding on the type of meeting you would like to attend will solely depend on your comfort level and is up to you. 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 Stages
The 12 stages of recovery are thoroughly followed in NA. 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.
Power And Responsibility In Numbers
One of the strongest points of NA is its fellowship. Since NA consists of people recovering from addiction who try to take care of their own selves, its meetings provide newcomers with a really welcome environment which greatly contributes to help and healing.
A person who's new to the group can find a sponsor once they've familiarized themselves with NA and has gotten to know more about the group members. 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
Do you want to get over that addiction by joining a Narcotics Anonymous Group? There are many groups for you to choose from since in the whole world, there are at least 61,000 NA meetings each week. Let us help you to find an NA group call 0800 246 1509 today.