How Narcotics Anonymous Came To Be
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 success of alcoholics anonymous is what prompted the creation of Narcotics Anonymous. If a person is struggling to top the overdependence of the narcotics, NA is the perfect solution for them. Wanting to give up drugs is the only qualification for joining Narcotics Anonymous. NA admits as members anyone involved in any drug problem including alcohol. The use of more than one drug is also recognized in NA. 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
Everyone you'll find in narcotics anonymous meetings has been where you are even if you're feeling nervous about it. All NA members are actually recovering addicts who wish to help others surmount addictions.
As an NA member, you are welcomed, accepted just as you with no judgemental attitudes and you'll be cared for.
Usually, meetings are either speaker or discussion ones.
People will be sharing their life stories and challenges that they encounter while recovering in the discussion meetings. In speaker meetings, a member takes control of most of the meeting addressing areas or issues that concern everyone. Meetings are designed so members can share their experiences but they need to remain courteous. New members are not required to share their experiences, although they are welcome to do so if they wish. 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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Spirituality In 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. In some parts of the NA meetings, "God" is recognized and there is usually prayer at the end of the meetings. Some people though, will replace God with "Good orderly direction" or "higher power". What is meant by higher power is a set of guiding moral values and strength, which has nothing to do with any religion.
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
- NA Members use this term to call themselves, because they recognize that the problem is not use of a particular substance but addiction itself.
- Basic Text (NA Basic Text Or The Big Book)
- The book titled Narcotics Anonymous where the core ideas of NA are written and explained.
- NA Members who conduct one or more NA meetings on a scheduled basis.
- 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.
- People who've recently been welcomed to 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.
- A member who has the experience to help you go through the 12 Steps.
- Trusted servants
- Members who are employed for the NA.
Closed And Open Meetings
The Narcotics Anonymous Meetings can either be open or closed just like AA meetings. Any individual is allowed to attend open meetings, including those that are interested in the group and want to understand how it works or is looking forward to attending the meeting to support a 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. 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
The treatment and support provided by Narcotics Anonymous is based on the well-known 12 steps, established by AA. There is only one difference between these programs in NA terminology a broader term "addiction" is used instead of "alcoholism" because NA doesn't draw a distinction between addictions to different substances. You can read more about the 12 steps here.
Liability And Power In Numbers
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.
New members always search for sponsors after they have developed a trust with the group. A sponsor is an individual who is already established in NA and can also act as a mentor because he or she is well-versed with the 12 steps. It is advisable to select a sponsor who also has a sponsor himself, which results in multiple-layered accountability.
Narcotics Anonymous Groups For You
Are you ready to find a Narcotics Anonymous group for help in overcoming your addiction? More than 61 thousand of NA meetings are held every week round the world, so there are lots of options that will meet your needs and fit in your schedule. Let us help you to find an NA group call 0800 246 1509 today.