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. 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. If you desire to quit drug abuse, you qualify to become an NA member. Narcotics Anonymous groups make no distinction between types of addictive substances, including alcohol. They are aware that polysubstance dependence is common among people. Anyone seeking help with a drug problem is encouraged to join NA.
This movement is now available in 129 countries across the world since it started in 1953 in Los Angeles.
What Goes On In 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.
No one will look down upon you because of your conditions because everyone is in that same position.
A person may be called to talk to all the addicts or they can discuss among themselves.
Opening up is one of the ways through which the members get to learn about each other in the group during the discussion sessions. The speaker sessions involve one person sharing their experience with the whole group. Meetings are designed so members can share their experiences but they need to remain courteous. Though a new member is encouraged to participate in the to, they are not obliged to take part. 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.
Spirituality is adhered to in NA although the groups are not affiliated to any religious groups. Each person is free to relate to the higher power whoever they conceive him to be. 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.
Words Used in the Meetings Here Is A Quick Glossary Of Terms Used During NA Meetings As Listed In the NA Official "Intro To NA" Material:
Addict (Addicted Person, Drug Addict)
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.
Narcotics Anonymous is the book that holds the main ideas on the need for the existence of the group.
NA Members who conduct one or more NA meetings on a scheduled basis.
A force that transcends the recovering user that can help them to abstain.
Information pamphlets about NA.
Newly Registered NA members.
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.
An experienced NA member who provides guidance and support to those going through the 12 Steps.
Members who have service positions in NA.
Closed And Open Meetings
"Open" and "Closed" are the different ways through which people assemble in NA which is similar to that of AA. Open meetings admit friends and loved ones of the member who want to understand how NA works to offer better support to their loved one. Recovering addicts have exclusive use of closed meetings.
The members are free to choose the type of meeting they wish to be attending. This choice is best decided after you have experienced both forms of meetings.
The Twelve Steps For Na
The NA 12 Steps are based on the AA original 12 Steps. The fact that NA deals with different forms of drug dependence is the difference with the 1 stages used in Alcoholics Anonymous. You can go here to find out more about the 12 steps.
There Is Strength In Numbers
NA helps to create a community around any recovering drug user. New addicts that have just joined NA are assured to get the help they need since the groups already have members that are already recovering.
New members always search for sponsors after they have developed a trust with the group. A sponsor is a member who has gained a solid reputation in NA and is savvy enough in the 12 Steps to act as a mentor. It is advisable to select a sponsor who also has a sponsor himself, which results in multiple-layered accountability.
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. 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. We are ready to help you select an NA group today call 0800 772 3971.