Alcoholics Anonymous has been around for long and is the most well known support program for recovering addicts and Narcotics Anonymous was created based on its model. 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. People who are trying to stop the dependence on different drugs are welcomed to the NA. Groups of NA do not make a distinction between drugs of any kind, including alcohol. The use of more than one drug is also recognized in NA. You will get the help you need if you are an addict to any drug.
This movement is now available in 129 countries across the world since it started in 1953 in Los Angeles.
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.
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 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. While bearing in mind the time constraints, people will be free to share as much as they'd like during the discussion meetings. You can choose to share if it's your first time there but you will not be required to. 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 are grounded on spirituality and are not dependent on any 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. There are references to God during the meetings and in some cases a prayer is made at the end of the meeting. Some people though, will replace God with "Good orderly direction" or "higher power". The reference to a higher power isn't focused on a particular religion but is supposed to provide strength and guidance on moral matters.
Words Used in the 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:
Like Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, the ones held by Narcotics Anonymous can be "open" and "closed." Family members and friends are allowed to 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.
The 12 stages of recovery are thoroughly followed in NA. 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 go here to find out more about the 12 steps.
The group of members is what makes NA achieve its objectives. NA is a congregation of recovering addicts who take care of their own meetings and provide a welcoming environment of help and healing for newcomers.
As soon as a new attendee gets familiar with NA and gets across to the group, the time is ripe to start selecting a sponsor. A sponsor is a member who has gained a solid reputation in NA and is savvy enough in the 12 Steps to act as a mentor. 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. You will have no difficulties in making a choice from the many options suitable for your needs and lifestyle from one of the 61,000 meetings, which are held every week throughout the world. If you need to find an NA group, get in touch with us call 0800 246 1509.