Narcotics Anonymous was created on the model of Alcoholics Anonymous, which is the oldest and most popular support group for addicts in the UK. Narcotics Anonymous was established after the successful responses received by Alcoholics Anonymous. While AA provides support for those addicted to alcohol, NA, on the other hand, focuses on those addicted to drugs. Wanting to give up drugs is the only qualification for joining Narcotics Anonymous. 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. You will get the help you need if you are an addict to any drug.
NA had its official founding in Los Angeles in 1953 and presently spread to numerous locations in 129 countries.
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.
NA meetings are ordinarily discussions or have a speaker.
People will be sharing their life stories and challenges that they encounter while recovering in the discussion meetings. In speaker meetings, a member takes control of most of the meeting addressing areas or issues that concern everyone. While bearing in mind the time constraints, people will be free to share as much as they'd like during the discussion meetings. New members are not required to share their experiences, although they are welcome to do so if they wish. 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'.
Spirituality is adhered to in NA although the groups are not affiliated to any religious groups. 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. References to God are certainly made during parts of the NA meeting, and a prayer is also held before the closing of the meeting. There are those who would rather refer to "God" as a "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 There are certain words that you're likely to encounter when you attend NA meetings and some of those you should know about include:
The differences between the meetings of Narcotics Anonymous & Alcoholics Anonymous are similar and can either be "open" or "closed." 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. Only recovering drug users can attend the closed meetings.
Deciding on the type of meeting you would like to attend will solely depend on your comfort level and is up to you. Recommendations are also made to ascertain several different groups and meetings until you are able to find one, which can suit your needs, schedule and personality.
Narcotics Anonymous also utilizes the 12 established steps of AA and bases their treatment on this procedure. 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 get more information on the 12 Steps here.
The community is one of the most powerful aspects of NA. 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.
A person who's new to the group can find a sponsor once they've familiarized themselves with NA and has gotten to know more about the group members. A sponsor helps newcomers to the program by guiding them through the 12 steps as they themselves have already passed through them before. Wisdom dictates it is best to have a sponsor who is themselves sponsored in order to have accountability on multi-levels.
Are you ready to find a Narcotics Anonymous group for help in overcoming your addiction? You will have no difficulties in making a choice from the many options suitable for your needs and lifestyle from one of the 61,000 meetings, which are held every week throughout the world. If you need to find an NA group, get in touch with us call 0800 246 1509.