The Brief Story Of Narcotics Anonymous
Alcoholics Anonymous was the first successful addiction group in the UK after which others like the Narcotics Anonymous followed suit. The achievements of the Alcoholics Anonymous led to the founding of the Narcotics Anonymous. If a person is struggling to top the overdependence of the narcotics, NA is the perfect solution for them. The only thing necessary to become a member of NA is a wish to vanquish the addiction. Anyone who is trying to give up addiction to any substance including alcohol can join NA. NA recognizes that people do get addicted to multiple drugs at once. Any addict who is looking forward to recovering is welcome to join the group.
This movement is now available in 129 countries across the world since it started in 1953 in Los Angeles.
What To Anticipate From 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.
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.
People will be sharing their life stories and challenges that they encounter while recovering in the discussion meetings. The speaker sessions involve one person sharing their experience with the whole group. During the discussion meetings, members are not forced to participate or to talk more than they are ready to. 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. No one will judge you since they are all required to only talk about their experiences and not that of others.
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Religion And Narcotics Anonymous
NA meetings are underpinned by spirituality rather than based on any kind of religion. Each person is free to relate to the higher power whoever they conceive him to be. "God" is usually mentioned at NA meetings, and a prayer is said at the end of a meeting. Nevertheless, members are free to replace "God" with either "good orderly direction" or "higher power". 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.
A guide of what you are going to hear during your first meetings The NA "Intro to NA" material lists the following terms to help a newcomer follow the meeting:
- The term which is used as a reference to ourselves because we view addiction itself as the problem rather than the use of a specific substance.
- Basic Text
- The NA has a document that has all the ideas and objectives of the group.
- Group (Support Group, Recovery Group)
- Members of an NA group attend regularly scheduled 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 NA members.
- A brief or long-lasting return to taking drugs due to a certain lapse in recovery.
- This involves telling stories of what you've gone through during addiction and afterwards.
- A member who has the experience to help you go through the 12 Steps.
- Trusted Servants
- These are the leaders and heads of NA.
What Are Closed And Open Meetings
Just like in Alcoholic Anonymous, a Narcotics Anonymous meeting is either "open" or "closed." 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.
Deciding on the type of meeting you would like to attend will solely depend on your comfort level and is up to you. 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.
Na 12 Steps
The NA 12 Steps are based on the AA original 12 Steps. The fact that NA deals with different forms of drug dependence is the difference with the 1 stages used in Alcoholics Anonymous. You can read more about the 12 steps here.
Liability And Power In Numbers
The group of members is what makes NA achieve its objectives. 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.
A person who's new to the group can find a sponsor once they've familiarized themselves with NA and has gotten to know more about the group members. 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.
Finding A Na Group
If you're trying to get on the path to recovery and planning to stay there, it's a good idea to find an NA group. 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.