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. NA (Narcotics Anonymous) came into existence after the great success of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). If a person is struggling to top the overdependence of the narcotics, NA is the perfect solution for them. The only thing necessary to become a member of NA is a wish to vanquish the addiction. It does not matter the type of drug you are addicted to as all people are welcomed to this group. NA recognizes that people do get addicted to multiple drugs at once. Any addict is welcome if he or she wants to recover.
Although it is currently found in 129 countries, the original NA started in 1953 in Los Angeles.
Inside An Na Meeting
The first time doing anything is always unsettling, but be encouraged, everyone you'll meet at an NA meeting has been or is where you are right now. 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.
A person may be called to talk to all the addicts or they can discuss among themselves.
During discussion meetings, members share their personal stories of addiction and recovery as they relate to their lives. The speaker sessions involve one person sharing their experience with the whole group. While bearing in mind the time constraints, people will be free to share as much as they'd like during the discussion meetings. Though a new member is encouraged to participate in the to, they are not obliged to take part. No one will judge you since they are all required to only talk about their experiences and not that of others.
NA meetings are underpinned by spirituality rather than based on any kind of 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. In some parts of the NA meetings, "God" is recognized and there is usually prayer at the end of the meetings. It has, however, been noticed that some people replace" God "with "higher power" or "good orderly direction." What is meant by higher power is a set of guiding moral values and strength, which has nothing to do with any religion.
Terminology For Your First Meeting The NA "Intro to NA" material lists the following terms to help a newcomer follow the meeting:
It is used to refer to the person who is dependent on any kind of drug.
The book titled Narcotics Anonymous where the core ideas of NA are written and explained.
Group (Support Group, Recovery Group)
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.
Information pamphlets about NA.
New members of NA; those who just joined a NA group.
This is when a recovering addict slightly gets back to the drug use ways.
This involves telling stories of what you've gone through during addiction and afterwards.
A member who has the experience to help you go through the 12 Steps.
The members who hold service positions in NA.
Closed Vs Open Gatherings
"Open" and "Closed" are the different ways through which people assemble in NA which is similar to that of AA. Family members and friends are allowed to attend the "Open" meetings. The addict members are the only ones allowed to attend the "closed" meeting.
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.
Na 12 Steps
The treatment and support provided by Narcotics Anonymous is based on the well-known 12 steps, established by AA. 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 learn more about Twelve Steps here.
There Is Strength In Numbers
The NA community is one of its strengths. 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.
After the new member is settled and can find their way around the group, it is time to look for a sponsor. This are people that are in the later stages of recovery and know more about the steps of effectively achieving that. You can have as many sponsors as you want which is beneficial to you.
Finding A Na Group
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