Narcotics anonymous is the longest-running and most popular addiction support groups within the UK and is similar in the model which has been designed by Alcoholics Anonymous. 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. NA recognizes that people do get addicted to multiple drugs at once. 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.
Inside 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. 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.
NA groups will always try to provide a welcoming environment in which no one will judge you.
A person may be called to talk to all the addicts or they can discuss among themselves.
During discussion sessions, members talk about their personal experiences, challenges, and relationships during the recovery process. The speaker sessions involve one person sharing their experience with the whole group. In discussion meetings, members share as much or as little as they wish but should mind the timing because consideration for other people is important. Though a new member is encouraged to participate in the to, they are not obliged to take part. Members share one at a time; everyone is asked to share only their own experiences and never comment on the others' - time for conversations is during breaks or when the meeting is over.
NA meetings though spiritual are not based on a particular religion. Each person is free to relate to the higher power whoever they conceive him to be. In some parts of the NA meetings, "God" is recognized and there is usually prayer at the end of the meetings. There are those who would rather refer to "God" as a "higher power" or "good orderly direction." The recognition of a higher power is supposed to enable a form of moral ground and strength and not necessarily religion.
First Meeting Terms You Need To Know Here Is A Quick Glossary Of Terms Used During NA Meetings As Listed In the NA Official "Intro To NA" Material:
It is used to refer to the person who is dependent on any kind of drug.
Basic Text (NA Basic Text Or The Big Book)
Narcotics Anonymous is the book that holds the main ideas on the need for the existence of the group.
Members who are holding one or more NA meetings scheduled regularly are identified as a group.
A force that transcends the recovering user that can help them to abstain.
Information and pamphlets on NA.
People who've recently been welcomed to NA.
This is a short or long return to drug use after a certain period of abstinence.
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)
These are the leaders and heads of NA.
Closed Vs Open Gatherings
The differences between the meetings of Narcotics Anonymous & Alcoholics Anonymous are similar and can either be "open" or "closed." Open meetings are open for everyone, including those who want to support a loved one or is just interested in how the group works. A closed meeting is open only for recovering addicts.
The members are free to choose the type of meeting they wish to be attending. Depending on your schedule, character and needs, you may want to try out several groups first before deciding on a particular one.
12 Stages Of Recovery
The 12 stages of recovery are thoroughly followed in NA. The terminology used by NA replaces any references to "alcohol' simply with 'Addiction" because NA does not distinguish between addictions. You can find here more detail about the 12 stages.
There Is Strength In Numbers
NA helps to create a community around any recovering drug user. 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.
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. Wisdom dictates it is best to have a sponsor who is themselves sponsored in order to have accountability on multi-levels.
Narcotics Anonymous Groups For You
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. We are ready to help you select an NA group today call 0800 772 3971.