How Narcotics Anonymous Came To Be
Alcoholics Anonymous has been around for long and is the most well known support program for recovering addicts and Narcotics Anonymous was created based on its model. NA (Narcotics Anonymous) came into existence after the great success of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). NA provides the support needed by people who are looking forward to recovering or making an attempt to recover from an addiction of drugs other than just alcohol. A desire to overcome an addiction is the only requirement to become a member of NA. Narcotics Anonymous groups make no distinction between types of addictive substances, including alcohol. Moreover, they admit that addiction to several substances is common indeed. Any addict who is looking forward to recovering is welcome to join the group.
From Los Angeles where in 1953, NA is present now in more than 129 countries of the world.
What To Anticipate From 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. It can be said with a degree of certainty that Narcotics Anonymous members are all recovering addicts who are looking forward to helping others recover.
You can rest assured of receiving an environment from the group which will be caring, welcoming and non-judgmental.
A person may be called to talk to all the addicts or they can discuss among themselves.
People will be sharing their life stories and challenges that they encounter while recovering in the discussion meetings. In speaker meetings, one or more member within the group is asked to share their experience for the majority of the meeting. While bearing in mind the time constraints, people will be free to share as much as they'd like during the discussion meetings. Though a new member is encouraged to participate in the to, they are not obliged to take part. 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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Spirituality In Narcotics Anonymous
NA meetings though spiritual are not based on a particular religion. It refers to a higher power but no definition is given, because this notion can be understood differently by everyone. 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.
Words Used in the Meetings In the "Intro to NA", you will come across some of the terms listed below that are often used in the meetings
- 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)
- The NA has a document that has all the ideas and objectives of the group.
- Group (Support Group, Recovery 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.
- Information pamphlets about NA.
- Newcomers (new members)
- The newly signed participants of NA.
- When one goes back to taking the drug, they are fighting to quit regardless of length of time.
- Offering other members one's personal experience related to one's addiction and recovery.
- This are the participants that guide others through the different recovery stages.
- Trusted Servants
- The members who hold service positions in NA.
Closed And Open Meetings
Like Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, the ones held by Narcotics Anonymous can be "open" and "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. Closed meetings are for the members only.
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.
Na 12 Steps
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.
Being Accountable To The Group
NA helps to create a community around any recovering drug user. 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.
A newcomer can begin looking for a sponsor once he or she as an attendee is familiar with the structure of NA and has established a relationship within the group. 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. In order to establish multiple levels of accountability advice is provided that sponsors that also have a sponsor should be chosen.
Narcotics Anonymous Groups For You
Are you ready to find a Narcotics Anonymous group for help in overcoming your addiction? You will have no difficulties in making a choice from the many options suitable for your needs and lifestyle from one of the 61,000 meetings, which are held every week throughout the world. Let us help you to find an NA group call 0800 246 1509 today.