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. People who are trying to stop the dependence on different drugs are welcomed to the NA. It does not matter the type of drug you are addicted to as all people are welcomed to this group. The use of more than one drug is also recognized in NA. As long as they are willing to get on the path to recovery, all addicts are allowed to join NA.
From Los Angeles where in 1953, NA is present now in more than 129 countries of the world.
Everyone you'll find in narcotics anonymous meetings has been where you are even if you're feeling nervous about it. 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 sessions, members talk about their personal experiences, challenges, and relationships during the recovery process. 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. Sharing their experiences is held one at a time and members are instructed only to share their story without commenting on others because conversations can be held during any breaks or after the meeting.
NA meetings though spiritual are not based on a particular religion. 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. Since it is not the same "God" they refer to, people are at liberty to recognise their own 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 There are certain words that you're likely to encounter when you attend NA meetings and some of those you should know about include:
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. Only recovering drug users can attend the closed meetings.
You can choose the sort of meeting you'd like to attend depending on what makes you more comfortable. Depending on your schedule, character and needs, you may want to try out several groups first before deciding on a particular one.
The NA 12 Steps are based on the AA original 12 Steps. Since NA does not differentiate between addictions, the only difference in the 12 Steps of NA to those of AA is the replacement of "alcohol" with "addiction." You can read more about the 12 steps here.
NA helps to create a community around any recovering drug user. 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 is a member who has gained a solid reputation in NA and is savvy enough in the 12 Steps to act as a mentor. Wisdom dictates it is best to have a sponsor who is themselves sponsored in order to have accountability on multi-levels.
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. You will definitely get a group that fits your schedule and needs from the 61,000 gatherings taking place weekly all over the world. We are ready to assist you join one of the groups and start your recovery journey call 0800 246 1509.