What Is Narcotics Anonymous support-groups

The Brief Story Of Narcotics Anonymous


Narcotics Anonymous was created on the model of Alcoholics Anonymous, which is the oldest and most popular support group for addicts in the UK. The achievements of the Alcoholics Anonymous led to the founding of the Narcotics Anonymous. NA renders support to the people attempting to get rid of from addiction to drugs, rather than just to alcohol. A desire to overcome an addiction is the only requirement to become a member of NA. Groups of NA do not make a distinction between drugs of any kind, including alcohol. This group realises that people can be addicted to more than a single drug. Anyone seeking help with a drug problem is encouraged to join NA.


NA had its official founding in Los Angeles in 1953 and presently spread to numerous locations in 129 countries.


What Will You Find In Na Meetings

It is natural to be intimidated by the thought of going for a meeting with this group, but it is essential to understand that members were once at the same stage as you are. 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 meetings, members share their personal stories of addiction and recovery as they relate to their lives. In speaker meetings, one or more member within the group is asked to share their experience for the majority of the meeting. During the discussion meetings, members are not forced to participate or to talk more than they are ready to. New members are not required to share their experiences, although they are welcome to do so if they wish. 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.


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Spirituality In Narcotics Anonymous

NA meetings are underpinned by spirituality rather than based on any kind of religion. Since everyone has their own personal beliefs, the references to a higher power don't define what this higher power is. There are references to God during the meetings and in some cases a prayer is made at the end of the meeting. There are those who would rather refer to "God" as a "higher power" or "good orderly direction." The reference to a higher power isn't focused on a particular religion but is supposed to provide strength and guidance on moral matters.


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

  • Addict
  • There term refers to us the members for we recognize the use of a certain drug is not the problem but the addiction itself.
  • Basic Text
  • This refers to the basic or core ideas contained in the Narcotics Anonymous book.
  • Group
  • Members who are holding one or more NA meetings scheduled regularly are identified as a group.
  • Higher Power
  • A mighty loving force that helps a member stay clean, be committed and seek recovery.
  • IPs
  • These are pamphlets that provide information on NA.
  • Newcomers
  • New NA members.
  • Relapse
  • This is a short or long return to drug use after a certain period of abstinence.
  • Sharing
  • Telling others your personal story as regards the addiction and recovery.
  • Sponsor
  • An experienced member who is willing to offer guidance and support through the 12 steps.
  • Trusted servants
  • The members who hold service positions in NA.

Closed And Open Meetings

"Open" and "Closed" are the different ways through which people assemble in NA which is similar to that of AA. 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. Recovering addicts have exclusive use of closed meetings.

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. Depending on your schedule, character and needs, you may want to try out several groups first before deciding on a particular one.


The 12 Stages

Narcotics Anonymous also utilizes the 12 established steps of AA and bases their treatment on this procedure. The fact that NA deals with different forms of drug dependence is the difference with the 1 stages used in Alcoholics Anonymous. You can find here more detail about the 12 stages.


There Is Strength In Numbers

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.

After the new member is settled and can find their way around the group, it is time to look for a sponsor. 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.


Narcotics Anonymous Groups For You

Are you willing to find a Narcotics Anonymous group to help you get rid of your dependence? There are many groups for you to choose from since in the whole world, there are at least 61,000 NA meetings each week. We are ready to assist you join one of the groups and start your recovery journey call 0800 246 1509.