Narcotics Anonymous was created on the model of Alcoholics Anonymous, which is the oldest and most popular support group for addicts in the UK. After the successful implementation of the Alcoholic Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous was formed. While AA provides support for those addicted to alcohol, NA, on the other hand, focuses on those addicted to drugs. The only thing necessary to become a member of NA is a wish to vanquish the addiction. NA admits as members anyone involved in any drug problem including alcohol. This group realises that people can be addicted to more than a single drug. You will get the help you need if you are an addict to any drug.
From Los Angeles where in 1953, NA is present now in more than 129 countries of the world.
The first time doing anything is always unsettling, but be encouraged, everyone you'll meet at an NA meeting has been or is where you are right now. Any person who has anything to do Narcotics Anonymous was at one point or another a drug user themselves.
As an NA member, you are welcomed, accepted just as you with no judgemental attitudes and you'll be cared for.
NA meetings are ordinarily discussions or have a speaker.
During discussion meetings, members are required to share their personal stories of addiction and recovery as it relates to their lives. The speaker sessions involve one person sharing their experience with the whole group. 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. 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.
NA meetings though spiritual are not based on a particular religion. Everyone is entitled to their own spiritual power. There are references to God during the meetings and in some cases a prayer is made at the end of the meeting. Some people though, will replace God with "Good orderly direction" or "higher power". The reference to a higher power isn't focused on a particular religion but is supposed to provide strength and guidance on moral matters.
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:
Just like in Alcoholic Anonymous, a Narcotics Anonymous meeting is either "open" or "closed." Open meetings are open for everyone, including those who want to support a loved one or is just interested in how the group works. Recovering addicts have exclusive use of closed meetings.
Deciding on the type of meeting you would like to attend will solely depend on your comfort level and is up to you. Before making a final decision which group to subscribe to, it is a good idea to attend a couple of different ones at first to see which one fits you best.
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.
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.
As soon as a new attendee gets familiar with NA and gets across to the group, the time is ripe to start selecting a sponsor. 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. You can have as many sponsors as you want which is beneficial to you.
Are you ready to find a Narcotics Anonymous group for help in overcoming your addiction? There are many groups for you to choose from since in the whole world, there are at least 61,000 NA meetings each week. If you need to find an NA group, get in touch with us call 0800 246 1509.