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. After the successful implementation of the Alcoholic Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous was formed. 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. 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. Any addict who is looking forward to recovering is welcome to join the group.
Although it is currently found in 129 countries, the original NA started in 1953 in Los Angeles.
What Will You Find In Na Meetings
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. All NA members are all recovering addicts who seek to help others on their recovery journey.
As an NA member, you are welcomed, accepted just as you with no judgemental attitudes and you'll be cared for.
A person may be called to talk to all the addicts or they can discuss among themselves.
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. In discussion meetings, members share as much or as little as they wish but should mind the timing because consideration for other people is important. 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.
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Religion And Narcotics Anonymous
All though the basis of the group is spiritual, the meetings aren't founded on any religious principle. The reference is usually to a higher power without any definition being provided about what the power is because it can be different for every attendee. "God" is usually mentioned at NA meetings, and a prayer is said at the end of a meeting. There are those who would rather refer to "God" as a "higher power" or "good orderly direction." What is meant by higher power is a set of guiding moral values and strength, which has nothing to do with any religion.
Some Terminology for Your First Meeting The NA "Intro to NA" material lists the following terms to help a newcomer follow the meeting
- The term which is used as a reference to ourselves because we view addiction itself as the problem rather than the use of a specific substance.
- Basic Text
- This refers to the basic or core ideas contained in the Narcotics Anonymous book.
- NA Members who conduct one or more NA meetings on a scheduled basis.
- Higher Power
- A spiritual being that offers guidance and help in the recovery process.
- Information pamphlets about NA.
- Newcomers (new members)
- People who've recently been welcomed to NA.
- When any lapse in the recovery results in a brief or an extended return to drug use.
- Offering personal experiences during the process of addiction and recovery.
- An experienced member who is willing to offer guidance and support through the 12 steps.
- Trusted servants
- These are the leaders and heads of NA.
Closed Vs Open Gatherings
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.
Deciding on the type of meeting you would like to attend will solely depend on your comfort level and is up to you. 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 Stages
The NA 12 Steps are based on the AA original 12 Steps. Narcotics Anonymous doesn't focus on any particular drug and the terms used are the same as those used in AA except for the references to alcohol. You can get more information on the 12 Steps here.
Strength And Responsibility In Numbers
The group of members is what makes NA achieve its objectives. 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.
After the new member is settled and can find their way around the group, it is time to look for a sponsor. 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.
Finding A Na Group
Do you want to get over that addiction by joining a Narcotics Anonymous Group? There are over 61,000 groups holding meetings weekly all over the world; there will be one that will be the perfect fit for you. Let us help you to find an NA group call 0800 246 1509 today.