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 success of alcoholics anonymous is what prompted the creation of 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. Narcotics Anonymous groups make no distinction between types of addictive substances, including alcohol. Moreover, they admit that addiction to several substances is common indeed. Anyone seeking help with a drug problem is encouraged 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. Any person who has anything to do Narcotics Anonymous was at one point or another a drug user themselves.
NA groups will always try to provide a welcoming environment in which no one will judge you.
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. Meetings are designed so members can share their experiences but they need to remain courteous. New members are not required to share their experiences, although they are welcome to do so if they wish. During the discussions, members speak one at a time and are asked to refrain from commenting on another person. Such conversations take place during breaks or after the meeting is ended.
NA meetings though spiritual are not based on a particular religion. Everyone is entitled to their own spiritual power. In some parts of the NA meetings, "God" is recognized and there is usually prayer at the end of the meetings. 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:
The differences between the meetings of Narcotics Anonymous & Alcoholics Anonymous are similar and can either be "open" or "closed." Open meetings are open for everyone, including those who want to support a loved one or is just interested in how the group works. Recovering addicts have exclusive use of closed meetings.
You decide which kind of group you want to be involved with. Depending on your schedule, character and needs, you may want to try out several groups first before deciding on a particular one.
The NA 12 Steps are based on the AA original 12 Steps. 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 read more about the 12 steps here.
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.
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 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. 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. We are ready to assist you join one of the groups and start your recovery journey call 0800 246 1509.