Narcotics Anonymous was created on the model of Alcoholics Anonymous, which is the oldest and most popular support group for addicts in the UK. NA (Narcotics Anonymous) came into existence after the great success of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). While AA provides support for those addicted to alcohol, NA, on the other hand, focuses on those addicted to drugs. 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. 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.
NA had its official founding in Los Angeles in 1953 and presently spread to numerous locations in 129 countries.
What Happens 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 actually recovering addicts who wish to help others surmount addictions.
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.
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. 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. 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.
NA meetings are grounded on spirituality and are not dependent on any religion. Since everyone has their own personal beliefs, the references to a higher power don't define what this higher power is. 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." The aspect of higher power is just to set as a guiding morality and strength and is not dependent on any religion.
A guide of what you are going to hear during your first meetings Here is a brief vocabulary of terms routinely used in NA meetings, taken from the NA official "Intro to NA" booklet:
NA Members use this term to call themselves, because they recognize that the problem is not use of a particular substance but addiction itself.
The NA has a document that has all the ideas and objectives of the group.
These are the people who meet regularly for the planned meetings.
A mighty loving force that helps a member stay clean, be committed and seek recovery.
IPs (Informational Pamphlets)
Information pamphlets about NA.
Newly Registered NA members.
This is when a recovering addict slightly gets back to the drug use ways.
Offering personal experiences during the process of addiction and recovery.
This are the participants that guide others through the different recovery stages.
Group Trusted Servants (Trusted Servants)
Members who are employed for the NA.
Difference Between Closed And Open Meetings
"Open" and "Closed" are the different ways through which people assemble in NA which is similar to that of AA. 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. 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.
Na 12 Steps
The NA 12 Steps are based on the AA original 12 Steps. The terminology used by NA replaces any references to "alcohol' simply with 'Addiction" because NA does not distinguish between addictions. You can learn more about Twelve Steps here.
Liability And Power In Numbers
NA helps to create a community around any recovering drug user. NA is a congregation of recovering addicts who take care of their own meetings and provide a welcoming environment of help and healing for newcomers.
After the new member is settled and can find their way around the group, it is time to look for a sponsor. A sponsor is an individual who is already established in NA and can also act as a mentor because he or she is well-versed with the 12 steps. You can have as many sponsors as you want which is beneficial to you.
Locating A Narcotics Anonymous Group
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