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. NA provides the support needed by people who are looking forward to recovering or making an attempt to recover from an addiction of drugs other than just alcohol. A desire to overcome an addiction is the only requirement to become a member of NA. It does not matter the type of drug you are addicted to as all people are welcomed to this group. NA recognizes that people do get addicted to multiple drugs at once. You will get the help you need if you are an addict to any drug.
Officially NA was founded in 1953 in Los Angeles, and has spread all over the world, currently having thousands of groups in 129 countries.
It's normal to be a bit afraid of going to a meeting, but just remember that everyone was once in your shoes. It can be said with a degree of certainty that Narcotics Anonymous members are all recovering addicts who are looking forward to helping others recover.
You can rest assured of receiving an environment from the group which will be caring, welcoming and non-judgmental.
The meetings conducted are usually just discussions or speaker meetings.
During discussion sessions, members talk about their personal experiences, challenges, and relationships during the recovery process. In speaker meetings, a member takes control of most of the meeting addressing areas or issues that concern everyone. During the discussion meetings, members are not forced to participate or to talk more than they are ready to. New persons are not made share, but if they choose to do so, they are welcome. Sharing their experiences is held one at a time and members are instructed only to share their story without commenting on others because conversations can be held during any breaks or after the meeting.
NA meetings though spiritual are not based on a particular religion. 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. 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.
A guide of what you are going to hear during your first meetings There are certain words that you're likely to encounter when you attend NA meetings and some of those you should know about include:
The Narcotics Anonymous Meetings can either be open or closed just like AA meetings. 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.
It is up for you to decide which type of group you would like to attend, depending on what option you'll feel more comfortable with. 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.
Although originally used in the AA, the 12 steps are also utilized by NA to guide its meetings. 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.
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. This are people that are in the later stages of recovery and know more about the steps of effectively achieving that. In order to establish multiple levels of accountability advice is provided that sponsors that also have a sponsor should be chosen.
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