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. The achievements of the Alcoholics Anonymous led to the founding of the Narcotics Anonymous. While AA provides support for those addicted to alcohol, NA, on the other hand, focuses on those addicted to drugs. A desire to overcome an addiction is the only requirement to become a member of NA. NA admits as members anyone involved in any drug problem including alcohol. The use of more than one drug is also recognized in NA. Anyone seeking help with a drug problem is encouraged to join NA.
Officially NA was founded in 1953 in Los Angeles, and has spread all over the world, currently having thousands of groups in 129 countries.
What To Anticipate From An Na Meeting
The first time doing anything is always unsettling, but be encouraged, everyone you'll meet at an NA meeting has been or is where you are right now. All NA members are all recovering addicts who seek to help others on their recovery journey.
You can rest assured of receiving an environment from the group which will be caring, welcoming and non-judgmental.
A person may be called to talk to all the addicts or they can discuss among themselves.
Opening up is one of the ways through which the members get to learn about each other in the group during the discussion sessions. Certain members may be requested to share for most of the speaker meetings. 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. You can choose to share if it's your first time there but you will not be required to. 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'.
Spirituality is adhered to in NA although the groups are not affiliated to any religious groups. Each person is free to relate to the higher power whoever they conceive him to be. References to God are certainly made during parts of the NA meeting, and a prayer is also held before the closing of the meeting. There are those who would rather refer to "God" as a "higher power" or "good orderly direction." No religion is forced on the members but they just have to appreciate the fact that the higher power is the one guiding them to recovery from addiction.
Some Terminology for Your First Meeting The NA "Intro to NA" material lists the following terms to help a newcomer follow the meeting:
Using a certain drug isn't seen as the cause of the problem and the real problem is seen to be the addiction hence the use of the word addict.
This book contains our core ideas and is titled Narcotics Anonymous.
Members who are holding one or more NA meetings scheduled regularly are identified as a group.
A mighty loving force that helps a member stay clean, be committed and seek recovery.
Information pamphlets about NA.
Newcomers (new members)
Newly Registered NA members.
This is when a recovering addict slightly gets back to the drug use ways.
This involves telling stories of what you've gone through during addiction and afterwards.
An experienced member who is willing to offer guidance and support through the 12 steps.
These are members of NA who are specifically tasked with certain duties.
What Are Closed And Open Meetings
Like Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, the ones held by Narcotics Anonymous can be "open" and "closed." Any individual is allowed to attend open meetings, including those that are interested in the group and want to understand how it works or is looking forward to attending the meeting to support a loved one. Only recovering drug users can attend the closed meetings.
You decide which kind of group you want to be involved with. 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 NA 12 Steps are based on the AA original 12 Steps. Since NA does not differentiate between addictions, the only difference in the 12 Steps of NA to those of AA is the replacement of "alcohol" with "addiction." You can find here more detail about the 12 stages.
Being Accountable To The Group
NA helps to create a community around any recovering drug user. Since NA consists of people recovering from addiction who try to take care of their own selves, its meetings provide newcomers with a really welcome environment which greatly contributes to help and healing.
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. 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
Do you want to get over that addiction by joining a Narcotics Anonymous Group? 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. If you need to find an NA group, get in touch with us call 0800 772 3971.