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Narcotics Anonymous Groups

How Narcotics Anonymous Came To Be


Alcoholics Anonymous was the first successful addiction group in the UK after which others like the Narcotics Anonymous followed suit. After the successful implementation of the Alcoholic Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous was formed. NA provides the support needed by people who are looking forward to recovering or making an attempt to recover from an addiction of drugs other than just alcohol. A desire to overcome an addiction is the only requirement to become a member of NA. Groups of NA do not make a distinction between drugs of any kind, including alcohol. 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.


What Happens In An Na Meeting

It's normal to be a bit afraid of going to a meeting, but just remember that everyone was once in your shoes. All NA members are all recovering addicts who seek to help others on their recovery journey.

You can be absolutely sure that the support group will provide really welcoming, caring, and non-judgmental environment.

NA meetings are ordinarily discussions or have a speaker.


During discussion sessions, members talk about their personal experiences, challenges, and relationships during the recovery process. Certain members may be requested to share for most of the speaker meetings. One is allowed to share what he or she feels to in the discussion sessions. 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'.


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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. Since everyone has their own personal beliefs, the references to a higher power don't define what this higher power is. In some parts of the NA meetings, "God" is recognized and there is usually prayer at the end of the meetings. Nevertheless, members are free to replace "God" with either "good orderly direction" or "higher power". The reference to a higher power isn't focused on a particular religion but is supposed to provide strength and guidance on moral matters.


Words Used in the Meetings Here is a brief vocabulary of terms routinely used in NA meetings, taken from the NA official "Intro to NA" booklet:

  • Addict
  • It is used to refer to the person who is dependent on any kind of drug.
  • Basic Text
  • Narcotics Anonymous is the book that holds the main ideas on the need for the existence of the group.
  • Group
  • These are participants of the meetings of NA.
  • Higher Power
  • Any stronger and loving force that assists the member overcome and remain clean from addiction.
  • IPs
  • Information pamphlets about NA.
  • Newcomers
  • The newly signed participants of NA.
  • Relapse
  • This is when a recovering addict slightly gets back to the drug use ways.
  • Sharing
  • Offering other members one's personal experience related to one's addiction and recovery.
  • Sponsor
  • A member who has the experience to help you go through the 12 Steps.
  • Trusted Servants
  • These are members of NA who are specifically tasked with certain duties.

Closed Vs Open Gatherings

Like Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, the ones held by Narcotics Anonymous can be "open" and "closed." 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. Recovering addicts have exclusive use of closed meetings.

You can choose the sort of meeting you'd like to attend depending on what makes you more comfortable. This choice is best decided after you have experienced both forms of meetings.


The 12 Steps Of Na

Although originally used in the AA, the 12 steps are also utilized by NA to guide its meetings. 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 go here to find out more about the 12 steps.


Liability And Power In Numbers

The group of members is what makes NA achieve its objectives. 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.

A newcomer can begin looking for a sponsor once he or she as an attendee is familiar with the structure of NA and has established a relationship within the group. A sponsor has been a member of NA for a while and is familiar with the 12 Steps and will be able to support and mentor the new member. Wisdom dictates it is best to have a sponsor who is themselves sponsored in order to have accountability on multi-levels.


Locating A Narcotics Anonymous Group

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.