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Narcotics Anonymous Support

Narcotics Anonymous Story


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.


Inside An Na Meeting

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.


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Religion Within Narcotics Anonymous

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:

  • 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
  • Any stronger and loving force that assists the member overcome and remain clean from addiction.
  • IPs
  • Information pamphlets about NA.
  • Newcomers (new members)
  • People who've recently been welcomed to NA.
  • Relapse
  • This is when a recovering addict slightly gets back to the drug use ways.
  • Sharing
  • This involves telling stories of what you've gone through during addiction and afterwards.
  • Sponsor
  • An experienced NA member who provides guidance and support to those going through the 12 Steps.
  • Trusted Servants
  • The members who hold service positions in NA.

The Differences Of Open And Closed Aa 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 12 Steps Of Na

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.


Power And Responsibility 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.

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.


Finding A Na Group

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.