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Narcotics Anonymous Groups

How Narcotics Anonymous Came To Be


The Alcoholic Anonymous support group was formed in the UK years ago, and other groups have been established adopting the same model, Narcotics Anonymous is one of these. After the successful implementation of the Alcoholic Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous was formed. 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. Narcotics Anonymous groups make no distinction between types of addictive substances, including alcohol. They are aware that polysubstance dependence is common among people. You will get the help you need if you are an addict to any drug.


From Los Angeles where in 1953, NA is present now in more than 129 countries of the world.


What Happens In An Na Meeting

Everyone you'll find in narcotics anonymous meetings has been where you are even if you're feeling nervous about it. Any person who has anything to do Narcotics Anonymous was at one point or another a drug user themselves.

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.


During discussion meetings, members are required to share their personal stories of addiction and recovery as it relates 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. Meetings are designed so members can share their experiences but they need to remain courteous. 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. 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. It refers to a higher power but no definition is given, because this notion can be understood differently by everyone. "God" is usually mentioned at NA meetings, and a prayer is said at the end of a 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 Here Is A Quick Glossary Of Terms Used During NA Meetings As Listed In the NA Official "Intro To NA" Material:

  • Addict
  • There term refers to us the members for we recognize the use of a certain drug is not the problem but the addiction itself.
  • Basic Text (NA Basic Text Or The Big Book)
  • This refers to the basic or core ideas contained in the Narcotics Anonymous book.
  • Group
  • These are the people who meet regularly for the planned meetings.
  • Higher Power
  • A spiritual being that offers guidance and help in the recovery process.
  • IPs
  • Information and pamphlets on NA.
  • Newcomers
  • Newly Registered NA members.
  • Relapse
  • This is when a recovering addict slightly gets back to the drug use ways.
  • Sharing
  • Telling others your personal story as regards the addiction and recovery.
  • Sponsor
  • An experienced NA member who provides guidance and support to those going through the 12 Steps.
  • Trusted Servants
  • Members who have service positions in NA.

The Differences Of Open And Closed Aa 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. The addict members are the only ones allowed to attend the "closed" meeting.

You can choose the sort of meeting you'd like to attend depending on what makes you more comfortable. 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.


12 Stages Of Recovery

The NA 12 Steps are based on the AA original 12 Steps. The terminology used by NA replaces any references to "alcohol' simply with 'Addiction" because NA does not distinguish between addictions. You can learn more about Twelve Steps here.


Liability And Power In Numbers

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.

As soon as a new attendee gets familiar with NA and gets across to the group, the time is ripe to start selecting 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

Do you need to find an NA group to join for help with your drug addiction? There are many groups for you to choose from since in the whole world, there are at least 61,000 NA meetings each week. Let us help you to find an NA group call 0800 246 1509 today.