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. The achievements of the Alcoholics Anonymous led to the founding of the Narcotics Anonymous. 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. The only thing necessary to become a member of NA is a wish to vanquish the addiction. Groups of NA do not make a distinction between drugs of any kind, including alcohol. This group realises that people can be addicted to more than a single drug. You will get the help you need if you are an addict to any drug.
Although it is currently found in 129 countries, the original NA started in 1953 in Los Angeles.
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. 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.
No one will look down upon you because of your conditions because everyone is in that same position.
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. The speaker sessions involve one person sharing their experience with the whole group. During the discussion meetings, members are not forced to participate or to talk more than they are ready to. 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 though spiritual are not based on a particular religion. Everyone is entitled to their own spiritual power. References to God are certainly made during parts of the NA meeting, and a prayer is also held before the closing of the meeting. Since it is not the same "God" they refer to, people are at liberty to recognise their own higher power. 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 brief vocabulary of terms routinely used in NA meetings, taken from the NA official "Intro to NA" booklet:
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)
These are the people who meet regularly for the planned meetings.
Any stronger and loving force that assists the member overcome and remain clean from addiction.
Information and pamphlets on NA.
Newcomers (new members)
New NA members.
This is a short or long return to drug use after a certain period of abstinence.
Offering personal experiences during the process of addiction and recovery.
This are the participants that guide others through the different recovery stages.
The members who hold service positions in NA.
Closed And Open Meetings
The Narcotics Anonymous Meetings can either be open or closed just like AA meetings. 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. Recovering addicts have exclusive use of closed meetings.
You can choose the sort of meeting you'd like to attend depending on what makes you more comfortable. This choice is best decided after you have experienced both forms of meetings.
12 Stages Of Recovery
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 group of members is what makes NA achieve its objectives. New addicts that have just joined NA are assured to get the help they need since the groups already have members that are already recovering.
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. It is advisable to select a sponsor who also has a sponsor himself, which results in multiple-layered accountability.
Finding A Na Group
Are you ready to find a Narcotics Anonymous group for help in overcoming your 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 help you select an NA group today call 0800 772 3971.