The Brief Story Of Narcotics Anonymous
Alcoholics Anonymous was the first successful addiction group in the UK after which others like the Narcotics Anonymous followed suit. The achievements of the Alcoholics Anonymous led to the founding of the Narcotics Anonymous. People who are recovering from drugs that aren't alcohol are the main target for these groups. A desire to overcome an addiction is the only requirement to become a member of NA. Anyone who is trying to give up addiction to any substance including alcohol can join NA. They are aware that polysubstance dependence is common among people. 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 To Anticipate From An Na Meeting
Everyone you'll find in narcotics anonymous meetings has been where you are even if you're feeling nervous about it. Any person who has anything to do Narcotics Anonymous was at one point or another a drug user themselves.
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 share their personal stories of addiction and recovery as they relate to their lives. The speaker sessions involve one person sharing their experience with the whole group. 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. Though a new member is encouraged to participate in the to, they are not obliged to take part. 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. 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. Nevertheless, members are free to replace "God" with either "good orderly direction" or "higher power". The aspect of higher power is just to set as a guiding morality and strength and is not dependent on any religion.
Terminology For Your First Meeting The NA "Intro to NA" material lists the following terms to help a newcomer follow the meeting
- It is used to refer to the person who is dependent on any kind of drug.
- Basic Text (NA Basic Text Or The Big Book)
- This refers to the basic or core ideas contained in the Narcotics Anonymous book.
- Members who are holding one or more NA meetings scheduled regularly are identified as a group.
- Higher Power
- 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.
- When any lapse in the recovery results in a brief or an extended return to drug use.
- Offering other members one's personal experience related to one's addiction and recovery.
- These are members who are able to guide others through the recovery steps based on their own experiences.
- Trusted Servants
- These are members of NA who are specifically tasked with certain duties.
Closed Vs Open Gatherings
The differences between the meetings of Narcotics Anonymous & Alcoholics Anonymous are similar and can either be "open" or "closed." Family members and friends are allowed to attend the "Open" meetings. Closed meetings are for the members only.
The members are free to choose the type of meeting they wish to be attending. Before making a final decision which group to subscribe to, it is a good idea to attend a couple of different ones at first to see which one fits you best.
The 12 Stages
Narcotics Anonymous also utilizes the 12 established steps of AA and bases their treatment on this procedure. 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.
Being Accountable To The Group
The community is one of the most powerful aspects of NA. 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 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. In order to establish multiple levels of accountability advice is provided that sponsors that also have a sponsor should be chosen.
Locating A Narcotics Anonymous Group
Do you need to find an NA group to join for help with your drug addiction? 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 help you select an NA group today call 0800 246 1509.