Alcoholics Anonymous was the first successful addiction group in the UK after which others like the Narcotics Anonymous followed suit. The success of alcoholics anonymous is what prompted the creation of Narcotics Anonymous. 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. It does not matter the type of drug you are addicted to as all people are welcomed to this group. Moreover, they admit that addiction to several substances is common indeed. Any addict is welcome if he or she wants to recover.
NA had its official founding in Los Angeles in 1953 and presently spread to numerous locations in 129 countries.
Everyone you'll find in narcotics anonymous meetings has been where you are even if you're feeling nervous about it. All NA members are actually recovering addicts who wish to help others surmount addictions.
You can rest assured of receiving an environment from the group which will be caring, welcoming and non-judgmental.
In some of the meetings, there may be a speaker while in others people will be having open discussions.
During discussion meetings, members share their personal stories of addiction and recovery as they relate to their lives. In speaker meetings, a member takes control of most of the meeting addressing areas or issues that concern everyone. 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. During the discussions, members speak one at a time and are asked to refrain from commenting on another person. Such conversations take place during breaks or after the meeting is ended.
NA meetings though spiritual are not based on a particular religion. Everyone is entitled to their own spiritual power. 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 aspect of higher power is just to set as a guiding morality and strength and is not dependent on any religion.
A guide of what you are going to hear during your first meetings Here Is A Quick Glossary Of Terms Used During NA Meetings As Listed In the NA Official "Intro To NA" Material:
The differences between the meetings of Narcotics Anonymous & Alcoholics Anonymous are similar and can either be "open" or "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. Closed meetings are for the members only.
You decide which kind of group you want to be involved with. This choice is best decided after you have experienced both forms of meetings.
The NA 12 Steps are based on the AA original 12 Steps. 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 learn more about Twelve Steps here.
The NA community is one of its strengths. The NA family members are all recovering addicts who care and love one another providing a safe, comforting place of refuge for a new member to start healing.
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 helps newcomers to the program by guiding them through the 12 steps as they themselves have already passed through them before. In order to establish multiple levels of accountability advice is provided that sponsors that also have a sponsor should be chosen.
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. More than 61 thousand of NA meetings are held every week round the world, so there are lots of options that will meet your needs and fit in your schedule. Come, we shall assist you to find an NA group near you call 0800 246 1509.