Alcoholics Anonymous was the first successful addiction group in the UK after which others like the Narcotics Anonymous followed suit. The success of alcoholics anonymous is what prompted the creation of Narcotics Anonymous. NA provides the support needed by people who are looking forward to recovering or making an attempt to recover from an addiction of drugs other than just alcohol. Wanting to give up drugs is the only qualification for joining Narcotics Anonymous. Narcotics Anonymous groups make no distinction between types of addictive substances, including alcohol. This group realises that people can be addicted to more than a single drug. Any addict is welcome if he or she wants to recover.
This movement is now available in 129 countries across the world since it 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 all recovering addicts who seek to help others on their recovery journey.
As an NA member, you are welcomed, accepted just as you with no judgemental attitudes and you'll be cared for.
The meetings conducted are usually just discussions or speaker meetings.
During discussion meetings, members share their personal stories of addiction and recovery as they relate 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. New persons are not made share, but if they choose to do so, they are welcome. 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'.
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. In some parts of the NA meetings, "God" is recognized and there is usually prayer at the end of the meetings. 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.
Terminology For Your First Meeting The NA "Intro to NA" material lists the following terms to help a newcomer follow the meeting:
There term refers to us the members for we recognize the use of a certain drug is not the problem but the addiction itself.
Narcotics Anonymous is the book that holds the main ideas on the need for the existence of the group.
Group (Support Group, Recovery Group)
Members of an NA group attend regularly scheduled meetings.
A force that transcends the recovering user that can help them to abstain.
Information pamphlets are texts about various aspects of NA activity.
New NA members.
When any lapse in the recovery results in a brief or an extended return to drug use.
This involves telling stories of what you've gone through during addiction and afterwards.
These are members who are able to guide others through the recovery steps based on their own experiences.
Members who have service positions in NA.
The Differences Of Open And Closed Aa 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. The addict members are the only ones allowed to attend the "closed" meeting.
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.
12 Stages Of Recovery
Narcotics Anonymous also utilizes the 12 established steps of AA and bases their treatment on this procedure. 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 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.
New members always search for sponsors after they have developed a trust with the group. This are people that are in the later stages of recovery and know more about the steps of effectively achieving that. Wisdom dictates it is best to have a sponsor who is themselves sponsored in order to have accountability on multi-levels.
Finding A Na Group
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