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. NA (Narcotics Anonymous) came into existence after the great success of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). While AA provides support for those addicted to alcohol, NA, on the other hand, focuses on those addicted to drugs. The only thing necessary to become a member of NA is a wish to vanquish the addiction. Anyone who is trying to give up addiction to any substance including alcohol can join NA. NA recognizes that people do get addicted to multiple drugs at once. As long as they are willing to get on the path to recovery, all addicts are allowed to join NA.
This movement is now available in 129 countries across the world since it started in 1953 in Los Angeles.
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. 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.
As an NA member, you are welcomed, accepted just as you with no judgemental attitudes and you'll be cared for.
The meetings conducted are usually just discussions or speaker meetings.
Opening up is one of the ways through which the members get to learn about each other in the group during the discussion sessions. The speaker sessions involve one person sharing their experience with the whole group. Meetings are designed so members can share their experiences but they need to remain courteous. 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 are underpinned by spirituality rather than based on any kind of religion. Everyone is entitled to their own spiritual power. References to God are certainly made during parts of the NA meeting, and a prayer is also held before the closing of the meeting. Nevertheless, members are free to replace "God" with either "good orderly direction" or "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.
First Meeting Terms You Need To Know The NA "Intro to NA" material lists the following terms to help a newcomer follow the meeting:
The differences between the meetings of Narcotics Anonymous & Alcoholics Anonymous are similar and can either be "open" or "closed." 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. This choice is best decided after you have experienced both forms of meetings.
Although originally used in the AA, the 12 steps are also utilized by NA to guide its meetings. The fact that NA deals with different forms of drug dependence is the difference with the 1 stages used in Alcoholics Anonymous. You can read more about the 12 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.
A person who's new to the group can find a sponsor once they've familiarized themselves with NA and has gotten to know more about the group members. 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. It is advisable to select a sponsor who also has a sponsor himself, which results in multiple-layered accountability.
Do you want to get over that addiction by joining a Narcotics Anonymous 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. If you need to find an NA group, get in touch with us call 0800 246 1509.