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. Narcotics Anonymous was established after the successful responses received by Alcoholics Anonymous. People who are recovering from drugs that aren't alcohol are the main target for these groups. If you desire to quit drug abuse, you qualify to become an NA member. Anyone who is trying to give up addiction to any substance including alcohol can join NA. Moreover, they admit that addiction to several substances is common indeed. 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.
What Will You Find In Na Meetings
It is natural to be intimidated by the thought of going for a meeting with this group, but it is essential to understand that members were once at the same stage as you are. All NA members are actually recovering addicts who wish to help others surmount addictions.
You can be absolutely sure that the support group will provide really welcoming, caring, and non-judgmental environment.
The meetings conducted are usually just discussions or speaker meetings.
During discussion meetings, members are required to share their personal stories of addiction and recovery as it relates to their lives. In speaker meetings, one or more member within the group is asked to share their experience for the majority of the meeting. 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. Members share one at a time; everyone is asked to share only their own experiences and never comment on the others' - time for conversations is during breaks or when the meeting is over.
NA meetings though spiritual are not based on a particular religion. Each person is free to relate to the higher power whoever they conceive him to be. In some parts of the NA meetings, "God" is recognized and there is usually prayer at the end of the meetings. Since it is not the same "God" they refer to, people are at liberty to recognise their own higher power. No religion is forced on the members but they just have to appreciate the fact that the higher power is the one guiding them to recovery from addiction.
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:
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 refers to the basic or core ideas contained in the Narcotics Anonymous book.
Members who are holding one or more NA meetings scheduled regularly are identified as a group.
A mighty loving force that helps a member stay clean, be committed and seek recovery.
Information pamphlets about NA.
New members of NA; those who just joined a NA group.
This is a short or long return to drug use after a certain period of abstinence.
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.
These are members of NA who are specifically tasked with certain duties.
Closed And Open Meetings
"Open" and "Closed" are the different ways through which people assemble in NA which is similar to that of AA. People who want to show support to a loved one or people who just want to find out about the group can attend the open meetings. Closed meetings are for the members only.
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
Although originally used in the AA, the 12 steps are also utilized by NA to guide its meetings. The fact that NA deals with different forms of drug dependence is the difference with the 1 stages used in Alcoholics Anonymous. You can read more about the 12 steps here.
There Is Strength In Numbers
One of the strongest points of NA is its fellowship. Since NA consists of people recovering from addiction who try to take care of their own selves, its meetings provide newcomers with a really welcome environment which greatly contributes to help and healing.
After the new member is settled and can find their way around the group, it is time to look for a sponsor. 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. In order to establish multiple levels of accountability advice is provided that sponsors that also have a sponsor should be chosen.
Narcotics Anonymous Groups For You
If you're trying to get on the path to recovery and planning to stay there, it's a good idea to find an NA group. 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 772 3971.