The Alcoholic Anonymous support group was formed in the UK years ago, and other groups have been established adopting the same model, Narcotics Anonymous is one of these. The achievements of the Alcoholics Anonymous led to the founding of the Narcotics Anonymous. If a person is struggling to top the overdependence of the narcotics, NA is the perfect solution for them. People who are trying to stop the dependence on different drugs are welcomed to the NA. Narcotics Anonymous groups make no distinction between types of addictive substances, including alcohol. They are aware that polysubstance dependence is common among people. Anyone seeking help with a drug problem is encouraged to join NA.
This movement is now available in 129 countries across the world since it started in 1953 in Los Angeles.
What Will You Find In Na Meetings
It's normal to be a bit afraid of going to a meeting, but just remember that everyone was once in your shoes. 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.
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. Certain members may be requested to share for most of the speaker meetings. 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. New persons are not made share, but if they choose to do so, they are welcome. Sharing their experiences is held one at a time and members are instructed only to share their story without commenting on others because conversations can be held during any breaks or after the meeting.
NA meetings are grounded on spirituality and are not dependent on any religion. Everyone is entitled to their own spiritual power. The seminars are always closed with prayers and also looking up to s spiritual power for guidance. Nevertheless, members are free to replace "God" with either "good orderly direction" or "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.
A guide of what you are going to hear during your first meetings 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.
Basic Text (NA Basic Text Or The Big Book)
This book contains our core ideas and is titled Narcotics Anonymous.
These are participants of the meetings of NA.
Any stronger and loving force that assists the member overcome and remain clean from addiction.
Information pamphlets are texts about various aspects of NA activity.
New members of NA; those who just joined a NA group.
This is when a recovering addict slightly gets back to the drug use ways.
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.
Group Trusted Servants (Trusted Servants)
Members who are employed for the NA.
Closed Vs Open Gatherings
Like Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, the ones held by Narcotics Anonymous can be "open" and "closed." Family members and friends are allowed to attend the "Open" meetings. Recovering addicts have exclusive use of closed meetings.
The members are free to choose the type of meeting they wish to be attending. This choice is best decided after you have experienced both forms of meetings.
12 Stages Of Recovery
The treatment and support provided by Narcotics Anonymous is based on the well-known 12 steps, established by AA. The terminology used by NA replaces any references to "alcohol' simply with 'Addiction" because NA does not distinguish between addictions. You can find here more detail about the 12 stages.
Power And Responsibility In Numbers
The NA community is one of its strengths. 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 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. 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.
Locating A Narcotics Anonymous Group
Are you ready to find a Narcotics Anonymous group for help in overcoming your addiction? 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. Come, we shall assist you to find an NA group near you call 0800 772 3971.