Alcoholics Anonymous was the first successful addiction group in the UK after which others like the Narcotics Anonymous followed suit. After the successful implementation of the Alcoholic Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous was formed. While AA provides support for those addicted to alcohol, NA, on the other hand, focuses on those addicted to drugs. If you desire to quit drug abuse, you qualify to become an NA member. Narcotics Anonymous groups make no distinction between types of addictive substances, including alcohol. They are aware that polysubstance dependence is common among people. Any addict is welcome if he or she wants to recover.
From Los Angeles where in 1953, NA is present now in more than 129 countries of the world.
It's normal to be a bit afraid of going to a meeting, but just remember that everyone was once in your shoes. 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.
The meetings conducted are usually just discussions or speaker meetings.
During discussion meetings, members share their personal stories of addiction and recovery as they relate to their lives. The speaker sessions involve one person sharing their experience with the whole group. In discussion meetings, members share as much or as little as they wish but should mind the timing because consideration for other people is important. You can choose to share if it's your first time there but you will not be required to. No one will judge you since they are all required to only talk about their experiences and not that of others.
NA meetings are grounded on spirituality and are not dependent on any 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. It has, however, been noticed that some people replace" God "with "higher power" or "good orderly direction." 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.
Words Used in the Meetings In the "Intro to NA", you will come across some of the terms listed below that are often used in the meetings:
"Open" and "Closed" are the different ways through which people assemble in NA which is similar to that of AA. 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. Only recovering drug users can attend the closed meetings.
The members are free to choose the type of meeting they wish to be attending. Recommendations are also made to ascertain several different groups and meetings until you are able to find one, which can suit your needs, schedule and personality.
Narcotics Anonymous also utilizes the 12 established steps of AA and bases their treatment on this procedure. There is only one difference between these programs: in NA terminology a broader term "addiction" is used instead of "alcoholism" because NA doesn't draw a distinction between addictions to different substances. You can find here more detail about the 12 stages.
The group of members is what makes NA achieve its objectives. 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.
A newcomer can begin looking for a sponsor once he or she as an attendee is familiar with the structure of NA and has established a relationship within the group. A sponsor has been a member of NA for a while and is familiar with the 12 Steps and will be able to support and mentor the new member. 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.
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. There are many groups for you to choose from since in the whole world, there are at least 61,000 NA meetings each week. Come, we shall assist you to find an NA group near you call 0800 246 1509.