Narcotics Anonymous Background
Narcotics anonymous is the longest-running and most popular addiction support groups within the UK and is similar in the model which has been designed by Alcoholics Anonymous. After the successful implementation of the Alcoholic Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous was formed. If a person is struggling to top the overdependence of the narcotics, NA is the perfect solution for them. A desire to overcome an addiction is the only requirement to become a member of NA. 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.
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. It is a community where the members look to help each other overcome the different forms of addiction.
No one will look down upon you because of your conditions because everyone is in that same position.
NA meetings are ordinarily discussions or have a speaker.
During discussion meetings, members are required to share their personal stories of addiction and recovery as it relates to their lives. Certain members may be requested to share for most of the speaker meetings. During the discussion meetings, members are not forced to participate or to talk more than they are ready to. You can choose to share if it's your first time there but you will not be required to. 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'.
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Religion Within Narcotics Anonymous
NA meetings are underpinned by spirituality rather than based on any kind of religion. Each person is free to relate to the higher power whoever they conceive him to be. There are references to God during the meetings and in some cases a prayer is made at the end of the meeting. There are those who would rather refer to "God" as a "higher power" or "good orderly direction." The aspect of higher power is just to set as a guiding morality and strength and is not dependent on any religion.
Some Terminology for Your First Meeting In the "Intro to NA", you will come across some of the terms listed below that are often used in the meetings
- There term refers to us the members for we recognize the use of a certain drug is not the problem but the addiction itself.
- Basic Text
- This refers to the basic or core ideas contained in the Narcotics Anonymous book.
- These are participants of the meetings of NA.
- Higher Power
- Any stronger and loving force that assists the member overcome and remain clean from addiction.
- Information pamphlets about NA.
- Newly Registered NA members.
- This is when a recovering addict slightly gets back to the drug use ways.
- Offering other members one's personal experience related to one's addiction and recovery.
- These are members who are able to guide others through the recovery steps based on their own experiences.
- Trusted Servants
- Members who have service positions in NA.
What Are Closed And Open Meetings
Like Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, the ones held by Narcotics Anonymous can be "open" and "closed." Family members and friends are allowed to attend the "Open" meetings. A closed meeting is open only for recovering addicts.
The members are free to choose the type of meeting they wish to be attending. 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.
The 12 Steps Of Na
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 find here more detail about the 12 stages.
Strength And Responsibility In Numbers
The group of members is what makes NA achieve its objectives. 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. Wisdom dictates it is best to have a sponsor who is themselves sponsored in order to have accountability on multi-levels.
Acquiring A Narcotics Anonymous Group
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. We are ready to assist you join one of the groups and start your recovery journey call 0800 246 1509.