Alcoholics Anonymous was the first successful addiction group in the UK after which others like the Narcotics Anonymous followed suit. NA (Narcotics Anonymous) came into existence after the great success of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). NA renders support to the people attempting to get rid of from addiction to drugs, rather than just to alcohol. A desire to overcome an addiction is the only requirement to become a member of NA. Groups of NA do not make a distinction between drugs of any kind, including alcohol. They are aware that polysubstance dependence is common among people. You will get the help you need if you are an addict to any drug.
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 Goes On In 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.
In some of the meetings, there may be a speaker while in others people will be having open discussions.
During discussion meetings, members share their personal stories of addiction and recovery as they relate to their lives. In case of a speaker meeting, one or several members are asked to speak to the most of the attendees. During the discussion meetings, members are not forced to participate or to talk more than they are ready to. 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. Members share one at a time; everyone is asked to share only their own experiences and never comment on the others' - time for conversations is during breaks or when the meeting is over.
NA meetings though spiritual are not based on a particular religion. Everyone is entitled to their own spiritual power. In some parts of the NA meetings, "God" is recognized and there is usually prayer at the end of the meetings. Nevertheless, members are free to replace "God" with either "good orderly direction" or "higher power". The recognition of a higher power is supposed to enable a form of moral ground and strength and not necessarily religion.
Some Terminology for Your First Meeting The NA "Intro to NA" material lists the following terms to help a newcomer follow the meeting:
There term refers to us the members for we recognize the use of a certain drug is not the problem but the addiction itself.
This refers to the basic or core ideas contained in the Narcotics Anonymous book.
Members who are holding one or more NA meetings scheduled regularly are identified as a group.
A force that transcends the recovering user that can help them to abstain.
These are pamphlets that provide information on NA.
People who've recently been welcomed to NA.
This is a short or long return to drug use after a certain period of abstinence.
This involves telling stories of what you've gone through during addiction and afterwards.
An experienced member who is willing to offer guidance and support through the 12 steps.
The members who hold service positions in NA.
The Differences Of Open And Closed Aa Meetings
"Open" and "Closed" are the different ways through which people assemble in NA which is similar to that of AA. 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. Closed meetings are for the members only.
You decide which kind of group you want to be involved with. Depending on your schedule, character and needs, you may want to try out several groups first before deciding on a particular one.
The Twelve Steps For Na
The 12 stages of recovery are thoroughly followed in NA. The terminology used by NA replaces any references to "alcohol' simply with 'Addiction" because NA does not distinguish between addictions. You can read more about the 12 steps here.
Being Accountable To The Group
NA helps to create a community around any recovering drug user. The NA family members are all recovering addicts who care and love one another providing a safe, comforting place of refuge for a new member to start 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. 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.
Narcotics Anonymous Groups For You
Do you need to find an NA group to join for help with your drug 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. We are ready to help you select an NA group today call 0800 772 3971.