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What Is Narcotics Anonymous

How Narcotics Anonymous Came About


Narcotics Anonymous was created on the model of Alcoholics Anonymous, which is the oldest and most popular support group for addicts in the UK. The success of alcoholics anonymous is what prompted the creation of Narcotics Anonymous. People who are recovering from drugs that aren't alcohol are the main target for these groups. The only thing necessary to become a member of NA is a wish to vanquish the addiction. Narcotics Anonymous groups make no distinction between types of addictive substances, including alcohol. They are aware that polysubstance dependence is common among people. Any addict who is looking forward to recovering is welcome to join the group.


NA had its official founding in Los Angeles in 1953 and presently spread to numerous locations in 129 countries.


What Happens In An Na Meeting

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. It is a community where the members look to help each other overcome the different forms of addiction.

You can rest assured of receiving an environment from the group which will be caring, welcoming and non-judgmental.

Usually, meetings are either speaker or discussion ones.


During discussion meetings, members share their personal stories of addiction and recovery as they relate to their lives. Certain members may be requested to share for most of the speaker meetings. One is allowed to share what he or she feels to in the discussion sessions. 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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Religion In Na

NA meetings though spiritual are not based on a particular religion. The reference is usually to a higher power without any definition being provided about what the power is because it can be different for every attendee. "God" is usually mentioned at NA meetings, and a prayer is said at the end of a meeting. It has, however, been noticed that some people replace" God "with "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 There are certain words that you're likely to encounter when you attend NA meetings and some of those you should know about include:

  • Addict
  • 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
  • Narcotics Anonymous is the book that holds the main ideas on the need for the existence of the group.
  • Group
  • These are participants of the meetings of NA.
  • Higher Power
  • This refers to any force, which is loving and is helping a member to stay clean and seek recovery.
  • IPs
  • Information pamphlets about NA.
  • Newcomers
  • Newly Registered NA members.
  • Relapse
  • A brief or long-lasting return to taking drugs due to a certain lapse in recovery.
  • Sharing
  • Opening up on your condition to the other members.
  • Sponsor
  • 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.

Closed And Open Meetings

Just like in Alcoholic Anonymous, a Narcotics Anonymous meeting is either "open" or "closed." Open meetings are open for everyone, including those who want to support a loved one or is just interested in how the group works. A closed meeting is open only for recovering addicts.

You decide which kind of group you want to be involved with. This choice is best decided after you have experienced both forms of meetings.


The 12 Stages

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 learn more about Twelve Steps here.


There Is Strength In Numbers

The community is one of the most powerful aspects of NA. 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 helps newcomers to the program by guiding them through the 12 steps as they themselves have already passed through them before. It is advisable to select a sponsor who also has a sponsor himself, which results in multiple-layered accountability.


Locating A Narcotics Anonymous Group

Are you ready to find a Narcotics Anonymous group for help in overcoming your addiction? There are over 61,000 groups holding meetings weekly all over the world; there will be one that will be the perfect fit for you. Let us help you to find an NA group call 0800 246 1509 today.