Narcotics Anonymous Background
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 renders support to the people attempting to get rid of from addiction to drugs, rather than just to alcohol. If you desire to quit drug abuse, you qualify to become an NA member. Anyone who is trying to give up addiction to any substance including alcohol can join NA. Moreover, they admit that addiction to several substances is common indeed. Anyone seeking help with a drug problem is encouraged to join NA.
From Los Angeles where in 1953, NA is present now in more than 129 countries of the world.
What Will You Find In Na Meetings
Everyone you'll find in narcotics anonymous meetings has been where you are even if you're feeling nervous about it. It can be said with a degree of certainty that Narcotics Anonymous members are all recovering addicts who are looking forward to helping others recover.
No one will look down upon you because of your conditions because everyone is in that same position.
Usually, meetings are either speaker or discussion ones.
Opening up is one of the ways through which the members get to learn about each other in the group during the discussion sessions. In speaker meetings, one or more member within the group is asked to share their experience for the majority of the meeting. One is allowed to share what he or she feels to in the discussion sessions. You can choose to share if it's your first time there but you will not be required to. 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.
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Religion Within Narcotics Anonymous
All though the basis of the group is spiritual, the meetings aren't founded on any religious principle. Since everyone has their own personal beliefs, the references to a higher power don't define what this higher power is. "God" is usually mentioned at NA meetings, and a prayer is said at the end of a meeting. Since it is not the same "God" they refer to, people are at liberty to recognise their own higher power. What is meant by higher power is a set of guiding moral values and strength, which has nothing to do with any religion.
Words Used in the Meetings There are certain words that you're likely to encounter when you attend NA meetings and some of those you should know about include
- Addict (Addicted Person, Drug Addict)
- NA Members use this term to call themselves, because they recognize that the problem is not use of a particular substance but addiction itself.
- Basic Text
- The NA has a document that has all the ideas and objectives of the group.
- These are participants of the meetings of NA.
- Higher Power
- This refers to any force, which is loving and is helping a member to stay clean and seek recovery.
- IPs (Informational Pamphlets)
- Information pamphlets about NA.
- People who've recently been welcomed to NA.
- This is when a recovering addict slightly gets back to the drug use ways.
- Offering other members one's personal experience related to one's addiction and recovery.
- This are the participants that guide others through the different recovery stages.
- Group Trusted Servants (Trusted Servants)
- Members who are employed for the NA.
What Are Closed And Open Meetings
The Narcotics Anonymous Meetings can either be open or closed just like AA meetings. 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. A closed meeting is open only for recovering addicts.
The members are free to choose the type of meeting they wish to be attending. Before making a final decision which group to subscribe to, it is a good idea to attend a couple of different ones at first to see which one fits you best.
The Twelve Steps For Na
Narcotics Anonymous also utilizes the 12 established steps of AA and bases their treatment on this procedure. 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 read more about the 12 steps here.
Being Accountable To The Group
The community is one of the most powerful aspects of NA. 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.
After the new member is settled and can find their way around the group, it is time to look for a sponsor. A sponsor helps newcomers to the program by guiding them through the 12 steps as they themselves have already passed through them before. It is advisable to select a sponsor who also has a sponsor himself, which results in multiple-layered accountability.
Locating A Narcotics Anonymous Group
Are you willing to find a Narcotics Anonymous group to help you get rid of your dependence? 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. Come, we shall assist you to find an NA group near you call 0800 772 3971.