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What Is Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous Background


The Alcoholic Anonymous support group was formed in the UK years ago, and other groups have been established adopting the same model, Narcotics Anonymous is one of these. The achievements of the Alcoholics Anonymous led to the founding of the Narcotics Anonymous. People who are recovering from drugs that aren't alcohol are the main target for these groups. 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. They are aware that polysubstance dependence is common among people. 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.


What Happens In An Na Meeting

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 all recovering addicts who seek to help others on their recovery journey.

No one will look down upon you because of your conditions because everyone is in that same position.

Usually, meetings are either speaker or discussion ones.


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. During the discussion meetings, members are not forced to participate or to talk more than they are ready to. Though a new member is encouraged to participate in the to, they are not obliged to take part. 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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Religion Within Narcotics Anonymous

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. References to God are certainly made during parts of the NA meeting, and a prayer is also held before the closing of the meeting. Since it is not the same "God" they refer to, people are at liberty to recognise their own 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.


Some Terminology for Your First Meeting In the "Intro to NA", you will come across some of the terms listed below that are often used in the meetings:

  • Addict
  • It is used to refer to the person who is dependent on any kind of drug.
  • Basic Text
  • This refers to the basic or core ideas contained in the Narcotics Anonymous book.
  • Group
  • Members of an NA group attend regularly scheduled meetings.
  • Higher Power
  • A mighty loving force that helps a member stay clean, be committed and seek recovery.
  • IPs
  • Information pamphlets are texts about various aspects of NA activity.
  • Newcomers
  • The newly signed participants of NA.
  • Relapse
  • This is a short or long return to drug use after a certain period of abstinence.
  • Sharing
  • Telling others your personal story as regards the addiction and recovery.
  • Sponsor
  • These are members who are able to guide others through the recovery steps based on their own experiences.
  • Trusted servants
  • The members who hold service positions in 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. Closed meetings are for the members only.

You decide which kind of group you want to be involved with. It's also a good idea to try a few of different meetings and groups until you find the one that fits your needs best, which you like and time of which meets your schedule.


The 12 Stages

The treatment and support provided by Narcotics Anonymous is based on the well-known 12 steps, established by AA. 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 get more information on the 12 Steps here.


Liability And Power In Numbers

NA helps to create a community around any recovering drug user. 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.

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. You can have as many sponsors as you want which is beneficial to you.


Locating A Narcotics Anonymous Group

Are you ready to find a Narcotics Anonymous group for help in overcoming your addiction? There are over 61,000 groups holding meetings weekly all over the world; there will be one that will be the perfect fit for you. We are ready to help you select an NA group today call 0800 246 1509.