Narcotics Anonymous Story
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. After the successful implementation of the Alcoholic Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous was formed. While AA provides support for those addicted to alcohol, NA, on the other hand, focuses on those addicted to drugs. People who are trying to stop the dependence on different drugs are welcomed to the NA. Anyone who is trying to give up addiction to any substance including alcohol can join NA. The use of more than one drug is also recognized in NA. Anyone seeking help with a drug problem is encouraged to join NA.
Although it is currently found in 129 countries, the original NA started in 1953 in Los Angeles.
What Happens In An Na Meeting
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 actually recovering addicts who wish to help others surmount addictions.
As an NA member, you are welcomed, accepted just as you with no judgemental attitudes and you'll be cared for.
Usually, meetings are either speaker or discussion ones.
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. One is allowed to share what he or she feels to in the discussion sessions. It may be difficult for new people to open up since they are still trying to build the trust with other members of the group. During the discussions, members speak one at a time and are asked to refrain from commenting on another person. Such conversations take place during breaks or after the meeting is ended.
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Narcotics Anonymous And Religious Beliefs
All though the basis of the group is spiritual, the meetings aren't founded on any religious principle. 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. There are those who would rather refer to "God" as a "higher power" or "good orderly direction." The reference to a higher power isn't focused on a particular religion but is supposed to provide strength and guidance on moral matters.
A guide of what you are going to hear during your first 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 book titled Narcotics Anonymous where the core ideas of NA are written and explained.
- Group (Support Group, Recovery Group)
- These are the people who meet regularly for the planned meetings.
- Higher Power
- This refers to any force, which is loving and is helping a member to stay clean and seek recovery.
- Information pamphlets about NA.
- New members of NA; those who just joined a NA group.
- This is when a recovering addict slightly gets back to the drug use ways.
- Opening up on your condition to the other members.
- This are the participants that guide others through the different recovery stages.
- Trusted servants
- Members who are employed for the NA.
Closed And Open Meetings
The Narcotics Anonymous Meetings can either be open or closed just like AA meetings. 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.
You can choose the sort of meeting you'd like to attend depending on what makes you more comfortable. 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.
The 12 Stages
The treatment and support provided by Narcotics Anonymous is based on the well-known 12 steps, established by AA. Narcotics Anonymous doesn't focus on any particular drug and the terms used are the same as those used in AA except for the references to alcohol. You can learn more about Twelve Steps here.
Strength And Responsibility In Numbers
One of the strongest points of NA is its fellowship. The meeting will always provide an environment in which the recovering user will feel comfortable since the people they'll find there are on the same recovery path as them.
New members always search for sponsors after they have developed a trust with the group. A sponsor is an individual who is already established in NA and can also act as a mentor because he or she is well-versed with the 12 steps. To ensure that accountability isn't just on a single level, it's usually a good idea to get a sponsor who also has a sponsor.
Get In Touch With A Na Group Near You
Are you willing to find a Narcotics Anonymous group to help you get rid of your dependence? 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.