Alcoholics Anonymous has been around for long and is the most well known support program for recovering addicts and Narcotics Anonymous was created based on its model. After the successful implementation of the Alcoholic Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous was formed. NA provides the support needed by people who are looking forward to recovering or making an attempt to recover from an addiction of drugs other than just alcohol. A desire to overcome an addiction is the only requirement to become a member of NA. NA admits as members anyone involved in any drug problem including alcohol. They are aware that polysubstance dependence is common among people. Any addict is welcome if he or she wants to recover.
NA had its official founding in Los Angeles in 1953 and presently spread to numerous locations in 129 countries.
Inside An Na Meeting
It is natural to be intimidated by the thought of going for a meeting with this group, but it is essential to understand that members were once at the same stage as you are. It can be said with a degree of certainty that Narcotics Anonymous members are all recovering addicts who are looking forward to helping others recover.
You can be absolutely sure that the support group will provide really welcoming, caring, and non-judgmental environment.
In some of the meetings, there may be a speaker while in others people will be having open discussions.
During discussion sessions, members talk about their personal experiences, challenges, and relationships during the recovery process. 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. New members are not required to share their experiences, although they are welcome to do so if they wish. The members are allowed to talk to each other during breaks and after the meetings but during discussions, only the person sharing is allowed to speak and people can only share their experiences and don't comment on others'.
NA meetings are underpinned by spirituality rather than based on any kind of religion. It refers to a higher power but no definition is given, because this notion can be understood differently by everyone. In some parts of the NA meetings, "God" is recognized and there is usually prayer at the end of the meetings. Since it is not the same "God" they refer to, people are at liberty to recognise their own 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.
Some Terminology for Your First Meeting There are certain words that you're likely to encounter when you attend NA meetings and some of those you should know about include:
The term which is used as a reference to ourselves because we view addiction itself as the problem rather than the use of a specific substance.
Narcotics Anonymous is the book that holds the main ideas on the need for the existence of the group.
NA Members who conduct one or more NA meetings on a scheduled basis.
This refers to any force, which is loving and is helping a member to stay clean and seek recovery.
Information pamphlets about NA.
The newly signed participants of NA.
When one goes back to taking the drug, they are fighting to quit regardless of length of time.
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.
Group Trusted Servants (Trusted Servants)
These are the leaders and heads of NA.
Difference Between Closed And Open Meetings
The differences between the meetings of Narcotics Anonymous & Alcoholics Anonymous are similar and can either be "open" or "closed." Open meetings are open for everyone, including those who want to support a loved one or is just interested in how the group works. 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. It's also a good idea to try a few of different meetings and groups until you find the one that fits your needs best, which you like and time of which meets your schedule.
12 Stages Of Recovery
The treatment and support provided by Narcotics Anonymous is based on the well-known 12 steps, established by AA. 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 find here more detail about the 12 stages.
Being Accountable To The Group
NA helps to create a community around any recovering drug user. The NA family members are all recovering addicts who care and love one another providing a safe, comforting place of refuge for a new member to start healing.
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 helps newcomers to the program by guiding them through the 12 steps as they themselves have already passed through them before. You can have as many sponsors as you want which is beneficial to you.
Locating A Narcotics Anonymous Group
Do you need to find an NA group to join for help with your drug addiction? You will have no difficulties in making a choice from the many options suitable for your needs and lifestyle from one of the 61,000 meetings, which are held every week throughout the world. We are ready to assist you join one of the groups and start your recovery journey call 0800 772 3971.