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. After the successful implementation of the Alcoholic Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous was formed. If a person is struggling to top the overdependence of the narcotics, NA is the perfect solution for them. Wanting to give up drugs is the only qualification for joining Narcotics Anonymous. Narcotics Anonymous groups make no distinction between types of addictive substances, including alcohol. This group realises that people can be addicted to more than a single drug. 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.
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.
No one will look down upon you because of your conditions because everyone is in that same position.
NA meetings are ordinarily discussions or have a speaker.
People will be sharing their life stories and challenges that they encounter while recovering in the discussion meetings. In speaker meetings, one or more member within the group is asked to share their experience for the majority of the meeting. Meetings are designed so members can share their experiences but they need to remain courteous. New members are not required to share their experiences, although they are welcome to do so if they wish. No one will judge you since they are all required to only talk about their experiences and not that of others.
Spirituality is adhered to in NA although the groups are not affiliated to any religious groups. The reference is usually to a higher power without any definition being provided about what the power is because it can be different for every attendee. The seminars are always closed with prayers and also looking up to s spiritual power for guidance. Some people though, will replace God with "Good orderly direction" or "higher power". 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 In the "Intro to NA", you will come across some of the terms listed below that are often used in the meetings:
Just like in Alcoholic Anonymous, a Narcotics Anonymous meeting is either "open" or "closed." Family members and friends are allowed to attend the "Open" meetings. Recovering addicts have exclusive use of closed meetings.
You can choose the sort of meeting you'd like to attend depending on what makes you more comfortable. 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 NA 12 Steps are based on the AA original 12 Steps. The terminology used by NA replaces any references to "alcohol' simply with 'Addiction" because NA does not distinguish between addictions. You can learn more about Twelve Steps here.
The community is one of the most powerful aspects of NA. 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.
After the new member is settled and can find their way around the group, it is time to look for a sponsor. 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. In order to establish multiple levels of accountability advice is provided that sponsors that also have a sponsor should be chosen.
Do you need to find an NA group to join for help with your drug 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 assist you join one of the groups and start your recovery journey call 0800 246 1509.