Narcotics Anonymous was created on the model of Alcoholics Anonymous, which is the oldest and most popular support group for addicts in the UK. After the successful implementation of the Alcoholic Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous was formed. NA renders support to the people attempting to get rid of from addiction to drugs, rather than just to alcohol. The only thing necessary to become a member of NA is a wish to vanquish the addiction. NA admits as members anyone involved in any drug problem including alcohol. The use of more than one drug is also recognized in NA. Anyone seeking help with a drug problem is encouraged to join NA.
Although it is currently found in 129 countries, the original NA started in 1953 in Los Angeles.
Everyone you'll find in narcotics anonymous meetings has been where you are even if you're feeling nervous about it. Any person who has anything to do Narcotics Anonymous was at one point or another a drug user themselves.
No one will look down upon you because of your conditions because everyone is in that same position.
The meetings conducted are usually just discussions or speaker meetings.
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. 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. No one will judge you since they are all required to only talk about their experiences and not that of others.
NA meetings are grounded on spirituality and are not dependent on any religion. Since everyone has their own personal beliefs, the references to a higher power don't define what this higher power is. The seminars are always closed with prayers and also looking up to s spiritual power for guidance. 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.
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:
The Narcotics Anonymous Meetings can either be open or closed just like AA meetings. 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.
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 12 stages of recovery are thoroughly followed in NA. The fact that NA deals with different forms of drug dependence is the difference with the 1 stages used in Alcoholics Anonymous. You can find here more detail about the 12 stages.
NA helps to create a community around any recovering drug user. The meeting will always provide an environment in which the recovering user will feel comfortable since the people they'll find there are on the same recovery path as them.
A newcomer can begin looking for a sponsor once he or she as an attendee is familiar with the structure of NA and has established a relationship within the group. 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.
Do you want to get over that addiction by joining a Narcotics Anonymous Group? 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. If you need to find an NA group, get in touch with us call 0800 246 1509.