How Narcotics Anonymous Came To Be
Alcoholics Anonymous was the first successful addiction group in the UK after which others like the Narcotics Anonymous followed suit. Narcotics Anonymous was established after the successful responses received by Alcoholics Anonymous. People who are recovering from drugs that aren't alcohol are the main target for these groups. The only thing necessary to become a member of NA is a wish to vanquish the addiction. Narcotics Anonymous groups make no distinction between types of addictive substances, 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.
From Los Angeles where in 1953, NA is present now in more than 129 countries of the world.
Inside An Na Meeting
Every member of the NA is addicted to some form of drug and so this minimises the fear that people usually have the first time they go there. 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.
During discussion meetings, members are required to share their personal stories of addiction and recovery as it relates to their lives. In speaker meetings, one or more member within the group is asked to share their experience for the majority of the meeting. While bearing in mind the time constraints, people will be free to share as much as they'd like during the discussion meetings. You can choose to share if it's your first time there but you will not be required to. No one will judge you since they are all required to only talk about their experiences and not that of others.
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Narcotics Anonymous And Religious Beliefs
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. There are references to God during the meetings and in some cases a prayer is made at the end of the meeting. There are those who would rather refer to "God" as a "higher power" or "good orderly direction." 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 Here Is A Quick Glossary Of Terms Used During NA Meetings As Listed In the NA Official "Intro To NA" Material
- 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
- This book contains our core ideas and is titled Narcotics Anonymous.
- Group (Support Group, Recovery Group)
- Members who are holding one or more NA meetings scheduled regularly are identified as a group.
- Higher Power
- This refers to any force, which is loving and is helping a member to stay clean and seek recovery.
- Information pamphlets about NA.
- 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.
- These are members who are able to guide others through the recovery steps based on their own experiences.
- Group Trusted Servants (Trusted Servants)
- Members who have service positions in NA.
Closed And Open Meetings
The differences between the meetings of Narcotics Anonymous & Alcoholics Anonymous are similar and can either be "open" or "closed." 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. A closed meeting is open only for recovering addicts.
Deciding on the type of meeting you would like to attend will solely depend on your comfort level and is up to you. This choice is best decided after you have experienced both forms of meetings.
12 Stages Of Recovery
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 go here to find out more about the 12 steps.
Strength And Responsibility 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.
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 helps newcomers to the program by guiding them through the 12 steps as they themselves have already passed through them before. 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
Are you willing to find a Narcotics Anonymous group to help you get rid of your dependence? 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 assist you join one of the groups and start your recovery journey call 0800 772 3971.