Narcotics Anonymous Background
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 renders support to the people attempting to get rid of from addiction to drugs, rather than just to alcohol. 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. They are aware that polysubstance dependence is common among people. As long as they are willing to get on the path to recovery, all addicts are allowed to join NA.
Officially NA was founded in 1953 in Los Angeles, and has spread all over the world, currently having thousands of groups in 129 countries.
Inside 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 can be said with a degree of certainty that Narcotics Anonymous members are all recovering addicts who are looking forward to helping others recover.
NA groups will always try to provide a welcoming environment in which no one will judge you.
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. In speaker meetings, a member takes control of most of the meeting addressing areas or issues that concern everyone. Meetings are designed so members can share their experiences but they need to remain courteous. You can choose to share if it's your first time there but you will not be required to. 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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Spirituality In Narcotics Anonymous
NA meetings are grounded on spirituality and are not dependent on any religion. Each person is free to relate to the higher power whoever they conceive him to be. There are references to God during the meetings and in some cases a prayer is made at the end of the meeting. Since it is not the same "God" they refer to, people are at liberty to recognise their own higher power. 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.
Words Used in the Meetings There are certain words that you're likely to encounter when you attend NA meetings and some of those you should know about include
- It is used to refer to the person who is dependent on any kind of drug.
- Basic Text
- The book titled Narcotics Anonymous where the core ideas of NA are written and explained.
- These are the people who meet regularly for the planned meetings.
- Higher Power
- A force that transcends the recovering user that can help them to abstain.
- Information pamphlets are texts about various aspects of NA activity.
- New members of NA; those who just joined a NA group.
- When one goes back to taking the drug, they are fighting to quit regardless of length of time.
- Telling others your personal story as regards the addiction and recovery.
- These are members who are able to guide others through the recovery steps based on their own experiences.
- Trusted Servants
- Members who are employed for the NA.
Closed And Open Meetings
Like Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, the ones held by Narcotics Anonymous can be "open" and "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.
You can choose the sort of meeting you'd like to attend depending on what makes you more comfortable. 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.
The 12 Steps Of Na
Although originally used in the AA, the 12 steps are also utilized by NA to guide its meetings. The fact that NA deals with different forms of drug dependence is the difference with the 1 stages used in Alcoholics Anonymous. You can learn more about Twelve Steps here.
There Is Strength In Numbers
NA helps to create a community around any recovering drug user. Since NA consists of people recovering from addiction who try to take care of their own selves, its meetings provide newcomers with a really welcome environment which greatly contributes to help and healing.
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 is a member who has gained a solid reputation in NA and is savvy enough in the 12 Steps to act as a mentor. To ensure that accountability isn't just on a single level, it's usually a good idea to get a sponsor who also has a sponsor.
Finding A Na Group
Do you want to get over that addiction by joining a Narcotics Anonymous Group? 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. If you need to find an NA group, get in touch with us call 0800 246 1509.