How Narcotics Anonymous Came To Be
Alcoholics Anonymous was the first successful addiction group in the UK after which others like the Narcotics Anonymous followed suit. The achievements of the Alcoholics Anonymous led to the founding of the Narcotics Anonymous. People who are recovering from drugs that aren't alcohol are the main target for these groups. A desire to overcome an addiction is the only requirement to become a member of NA. NA admits as members anyone involved in any drug problem including alcohol. NA recognizes that people do get addicted to multiple drugs at once. Any addict who is looking forward to recovering is welcome to join the group.
Officially NA was founded in 1953 in Los Angeles, and has spread all over the world, currently having thousands of groups in 129 countries.
What Happens In An Na Meeting
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. It is a community where the members look to help each other overcome the different forms of addiction.
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.
Opening up is one of the ways through which the members get to learn about each other in the group during the discussion sessions. The speaker sessions involve one person sharing their experience with the whole group. Meetings are designed so members can share their experiences but they need to remain courteous. New members are not required to share their experiences, although they are welcome to do so if they wish. The members are allowed to talk to each other during breaks and after the meetings but during discussions, only the person sharing is allowed to speak and people can only share their experiences and don't comment on others'.
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Religion In Na
NA meetings are grounded on spirituality and are not dependent on any religion. Since everyone has their own personal beliefs, the references to a higher power don't define what this higher power is. There are references to God during the meetings and in some cases a prayer is made at the end of the meeting. There are those who would rather refer to "God" as a "higher power" or "good orderly direction." The aspect of higher power is just to set as a guiding morality and strength and is not dependent on any 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
- Addict (Addicted Person, Drug Addict)
- It is used to refer to the person who is dependent on any kind of drug.
- Basic Text (NA Basic Text Or The Big Book)
- 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
- A mighty loving force that helps a member stay clean, be committed and seek recovery.
- IPs (Informational Pamphlets)
- Information pamphlets are texts about various aspects of NA activity.
- The newly signed participants of NA.
- This is a short or long return to drug use after a certain period of abstinence.
- Offering other members one's personal experience related to one's addiction and recovery.
- An experienced NA member who provides guidance and support to those going through the 12 Steps.
- Trusted Servants
- These are the leaders and heads of NA.
Closed And Open Meetings
The Narcotics Anonymous Meetings can either be open or closed just like AA meetings. 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. Only recovering drug users can attend the closed meetings.
You can choose the sort of meeting you'd like to attend depending on what makes you more comfortable. 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.
12 Stages Of Recovery
Narcotics Anonymous also utilizes the 12 established steps of AA and bases their treatment on this procedure. The terminology used by NA replaces any references to "alcohol' simply with 'Addiction" because NA does not distinguish between addictions. You can go here to find out more about the 12 steps.
There Is Strength In Numbers
The NA community is one of its strengths. 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.
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. This are people that are in the later stages of recovery and know more about the steps of effectively achieving that. It is advisable to select a sponsor who also has a sponsor himself, which results in multiple-layered accountability.
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. 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. If you need to find an NA group, get in touch with us call 0800 772 3971.