How Narcotics Anonymous Came About
Narcotics Anonymous was created on the model of Alcoholics Anonymous, which is the oldest and most popular support group for addicts in the UK. Narcotics Anonymous was established after the successful responses received by Alcoholics Anonymous. People who are recovering from drugs that aren't alcohol are the main target for these groups. People who are trying to stop the dependence on different drugs are welcomed to the NA. Groups of NA do not make a distinction between drugs of any kind, including alcohol. This group realises that people can be addicted to more than a single drug. As long as they are willing to get on the path to recovery, all addicts are allowed to join NA.
Although it is currently found in 129 countries, the original NA started in 1953 in Los Angeles.
What To Anticipate From An Na Meeting
Everyone you'll find in narcotics anonymous meetings has been where you are even if you're feeling nervous about it. All NA members are all recovering addicts who seek to help others on their recovery journey.
NA groups will always try to provide a welcoming environment in which no one will judge you.
The meetings conducted are usually just discussions or speaker meetings.
Opening up is one of the ways through which the members get to learn about each other in the group during the discussion sessions. Certain members may be requested to share for most of the speaker meetings. While bearing in mind the time constraints, people will be free to share as much as they'd like during the discussion meetings. New persons are not made share, but if they choose to do so, they are welcome. 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
All though the basis of the group is spiritual, the meetings aren't founded on any religious principle. It refers to a higher power but no definition is given, because this notion can be understood differently by everyone. The seminars are always closed with prayers and also looking up to s spiritual power for guidance. It has, however, been noticed that some people replace" God "with "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.
Some 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
- Using a certain drug isn't seen as the cause of the problem and the real problem is seen to be the addiction hence the use of the word addict.
- Basic Text
- The NA has a document that has all the ideas and objectives of the group.
- NA Members who conduct one or more NA meetings on a scheduled basis.
- Higher Power
- Any stronger and loving force that assists the member overcome and remain clean from addiction.
- IPs (Informational Pamphlets)
- Information pamphlets are texts about various aspects of NA activity.
- Newcomers (new members)
- People who've recently been welcomed to NA.
- A brief or long-lasting return to taking drugs due to a certain lapse in recovery.
- Opening up on your condition to the other members.
- This are the participants that guide others through the different recovery stages.
- Trusted servants
- Members who have service positions in NA.
Closed And Open Meetings
The differences between the meetings of Narcotics Anonymous & Alcoholics Anonymous are similar and can either be "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.
The members are free to choose the type of meeting they wish to be attending. 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.
12 Stages Of Recovery
Although originally used in the AA, the 12 steps are also utilized by NA to guide its meetings. There is only one difference between these programs in NA terminology a broader term "addiction" is used instead of "alcoholism" because NA doesn't draw a distinction between addictions to different substances. You can find here more detail about the 12 stages.
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. In order to establish multiple levels of accountability advice is provided that sponsors that also have a sponsor should be chosen.
Finding A Na Group
Are you willing to find a Narcotics Anonymous group to help you get rid of your dependence? There are many groups for you to choose from since in the whole world, there are at least 61,000 NA meetings each week. We are ready to assist you join one of the groups and start your recovery journey call 0800 772 3971.