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. 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.
Although it is currently found in 129 countries, the original NA started in 1953 in Los Angeles.
Everyone you'll find in narcotics anonymous meetings has been where you are even if you're feeling nervous about it. Any person who has anything to do Narcotics Anonymous was at one point or another a drug user themselves.
As an NA member, you are welcomed, accepted just as you with no judgemental attitudes and you'll be cared for.
A person may be called to talk to all the addicts or they can discuss among themselves.
During discussion meetings, members are required to share their personal stories of addiction and recovery as it relates to their lives. In case of a speaker meeting, one or several members are asked to speak to the most of the attendees. Meetings are designed so members can share their experiences but they need to remain courteous. You can choose to share if it's your first time there but you will not be required to. 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 are grounded on spirituality and are not dependent on any religion. Each person is free to relate to the higher power whoever they conceive him to be. References to God are certainly made during parts of the NA meeting, and a prayer is also held before the closing of the meeting. There are those who would rather refer to "God" as a "higher power" or "good orderly direction." The aspect of higher power is just to set as a guiding morality and strength and is not dependent on any religion.
Some Terminology for Your First Meeting In the "Intro to NA", you will come across some of the terms listed below that are often used in the 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. 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. It's also a good idea to try a few of different meetings and groups until you find the one that fits your needs best, which you like and time of which meets your schedule.
Narcotics Anonymous also utilizes the 12 established steps of AA and bases their treatment on this procedure. Since NA does not differentiate between addictions, the only difference in the 12 Steps of NA to those of AA is the replacement of "alcohol" with "addiction." You can get more information on the 12 Steps here.
One of the strongest points of NA is its fellowship. 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.
A newcomer can begin looking for a sponsor once he or she as an attendee is familiar with the structure of NA and has established a relationship within the group. 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. Wisdom dictates it is best to have a sponsor who is themselves sponsored in order to have accountability on multi-levels.
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. Come, we shall assist you to find an NA group near you call 0800 246 1509.