Narcotics Anonymous Background
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. People who are trying to stop the dependence on different drugs are welcomed to the NA. Narcotics Anonymous groups make no distinction between types of addictive substances, including alcohol. Moreover, they admit that addiction to several substances is common indeed. Anyone seeking help with a drug problem is encouraged to join NA.
This movement is now available in 129 countries across the world since it started in 1953 in Los Angeles.
Inside An Na Meeting
It's normal to be a bit afraid of going to a meeting, but just remember that everyone was once in your shoes. 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.
A person may be called to talk to all the addicts or they can discuss among themselves.
People will be sharing their life stories and challenges that they encounter while recovering in the discussion meetings. In case of a speaker meeting, one or several members are asked to speak to the most of the attendees. Meetings are designed so members can share their experiences but they need to remain courteous. 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. 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.
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Narcotics Anonymous And Religious Beliefs
NA meetings though spiritual are not based on a particular religion. Everyone is entitled to their own spiritual power. "God" is usually mentioned at NA meetings, and a prayer is said at the end of a meeting. Some people though, will replace God with "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.
A guide of what you are going to hear during your first meetings The NA "Intro to NA" material lists the following terms to help a newcomer follow the meeting
- 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.
- Basic Text
- This book contains our core ideas and is titled Narcotics Anonymous.
- 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 about NA.
- 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.
- Opening up on your condition to the other members.
- An experienced NA member who provides guidance and support to those going through the 12 Steps.
- Trusted Servants
- Members who have service positions in NA.
Closed And Open Meetings
Just like in Alcoholic Anonymous, a Narcotics Anonymous meeting is either "open" or "closed." 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. 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.
Na 12 Steps
Narcotics Anonymous also utilizes the 12 established steps of AA and bases their treatment on this procedure. 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.
There Is Strength In Numbers
The NA community is one of its strengths. NA is a congregation of recovering addicts who take care of their own meetings and provide a welcoming environment of help and healing for newcomers.
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 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. It is advisable to select a sponsor who also has a sponsor himself, which results in multiple-layered accountability.
Finding A Na Group
Do you want to get over that addiction by joining a Narcotics Anonymous Group? 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 246 1509.