How Narcotics Anonymous Came To Be
Narcotics anonymous is the longest-running and most popular addiction support groups within the UK and is similar in the model which has been designed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Narcotics Anonymous was established after the successful responses received by 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. NA admits as members anyone involved in any drug problem including alcohol. Moreover, they admit that addiction to several substances is common indeed. 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
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 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.
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. The speaker sessions involve one person sharing their experience with the whole group. One is allowed to share what he or she feels to in the discussion sessions. 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.
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Narcotics Anonymous And Religious Beliefs
Spirituality is adhered to in NA although the groups are not affiliated to any religious groups. Everyone is entitled to their own spiritual power. In some parts of the NA meetings, "God" is recognized and there is usually prayer at the end of the meetings. It has, however, been noticed that some people replace" God "with "higher power" or "good orderly direction." The reference to a higher power isn't focused on a particular religion but is supposed to provide strength and guidance on moral matters.
First Meeting Terms You Need To Know Here is a brief vocabulary of terms routinely used in NA meetings, taken from the NA official "Intro to NA" booklet
- Addict (Addicted Person, Drug Addict)
- Using a certain drug isn't seen as the cause of the problem and the real problem is seen to be the addiction hence the use of the word addict.
- Basic Text (NA Basic Text Or The Big Book)
- The NA has a document that has all the ideas and objectives of the group.
- Group (Support Group, Recovery Group)
- Members of an NA group attend regularly scheduled meetings.
- Higher Power
- A mighty loving force that helps a member stay clean, be committed and seek recovery.
- Information and pamphlets on NA.
- Newly Registered NA members.
- A brief or long-lasting return to taking drugs due to a certain lapse in recovery.
- 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
- The members who hold service positions in NA.
Closed And Open Meetings
"Open" and "Closed" are the different ways through which people assemble in NA which is similar to that of AA. 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. The addict members are the only ones allowed to attend the "closed" meeting.
The members are free to choose the type of meeting they wish to be attending. Depending on your schedule, character and needs, you may want to try out several groups first before deciding on a particular one.
12 Stages Of Recovery
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 go here to find out more about the 12 steps.
Power And Responsibility In Numbers
The group of members is what makes NA achieve its objectives. The meeting will always provide an environment in which the recovering user will feel comfortable since the people they'll find there are on the same recovery path as them.
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 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 need to find an NA group to join for help with your drug 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. We are ready to help you select an NA group today call 0800 772 3971.