The Alcoholic Anonymous support group was formed in the UK years ago, and other groups have been established adopting the same model, Narcotics Anonymous is one of these. The success of alcoholics anonymous is what prompted the creation of Narcotics Anonymous. While AA provides support for those addicted to alcohol, NA, on the other hand, focuses on those addicted to drugs. Wanting to give up drugs is the only qualification for joining Narcotics Anonymous. Narcotics Anonymous groups make no distinction between types of addictive substances, 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.
Officially NA was founded in 1953 in Los Angeles, and has spread all over the world, currently having thousands of groups in 129 countries.
What Will You Find In Na Meetings
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 all recovering addicts who seek to help others on their recovery journey.
You can be absolutely sure that the support group will provide really welcoming, caring, and non-judgmental environment.
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. The speaker sessions involve one person sharing their experience with the whole group. 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. 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 though spiritual are not based on a particular religion. It refers to a higher power but no definition is given, because this notion can be understood differently by everyone. "God" is usually mentioned at NA meetings, and a prayer is said at the end of a meeting. Nevertheless, members are free to replace "God" with either "good orderly direction" or "higher power". The recognition of a higher power is supposed to enable a form of moral ground and strength and not necessarily religion.
Words Used in the Meetings 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.
This book contains our core ideas and is titled Narcotics Anonymous.
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.
IPs (Informational Pamphlets)
Information and pamphlets on NA.
Newly Registered NA members.
When one goes back to taking the drug, they are fighting to quit regardless of length of time.
This involves telling stories of what you've gone through during addiction and afterwards.
This are the participants that guide others through the different recovery stages.
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." 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.
It is up for you to decide which type of group you would like to attend, depending on what option you'll feel more comfortable with. Depending on your schedule, character and needs, you may want to try out several groups first before deciding on a particular one.
The Twelve Steps For Na
Although originally used in the AA, the 12 steps are also utilized by NA to guide its meetings. 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 go here to find out more about the 12 steps.
Being Accountable To The Group
The NA community is one of its strengths. 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.
New members always search for sponsors after they have developed a trust with the group. This are people that are in the later stages of recovery and know more about the steps of effectively achieving that. In order to establish multiple levels of accountability advice is provided that sponsors that also have a sponsor should be chosen.
Get In Touch With A Na Group Near You
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