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Narcotics Anonymous Support

How Narcotics Anonymous Came About


The Alcoholic Anonymous support group was formed in the UK years ago, and other groups have been established adopting the same model, Narcotics Anonymous is one of these. NA (Narcotics Anonymous) came into existence after the great success of AA (Alcoholics 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. NA recognizes that people do get addicted to multiple drugs at once. Any addict is welcome if he or she wants to recover.


From Los Angeles where in 1953, NA is present now in more than 129 countries of the world.


What Happens In An Na Meeting

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. 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.

Usually, meetings are either speaker or discussion ones.


People will be sharing their life stories and challenges that they encounter while recovering in the discussion meetings. In speaker meetings, a member takes control of most of the meeting addressing areas or issues that concern everyone. While bearing in mind the time constraints, people will be free to share as much as they'd like during the discussion meetings. New members are not required to share their experiences, although they are welcome to do so if they wish. The members are allowed to talk to each other during breaks and after the meetings but during discussions, only the person sharing is allowed to speak and people can only share their experiences and don't comment on others'.


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Religion And Narcotics Anonymous

All though the basis of the group is spiritual, the meetings aren't founded on any religious principle. The reference is usually to a higher power without any definition being provided about what the power is because it can be different for every attendee. The seminars are always closed with prayers and also looking up to s spiritual power for guidance. 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.


First Meeting Terms You Need To Know The NA "Intro to NA" material lists the following terms to help a newcomer follow the meeting:

  • Addict
  • Using a certain drug isn't seen as the cause of the problem and the real problem is seen to be the addiction hence the use of the word addict.
  • Basic Text
  • The book titled Narcotics Anonymous where the core ideas of NA are written and explained.
  • Group
  • Members of an NA group attend regularly scheduled meetings.
  • Higher Power
  • A spiritual being that offers guidance and help in the recovery process.
  • IPs
  • Information pamphlets are texts about various aspects of NA activity.
  • Newcomers
  • New NA members.
  • Relapse
  • When any lapse in the recovery results in a brief or an extended return to drug use.
  • Sharing
  • Offering other members one's personal experience related to one's addiction and recovery.
  • Sponsor
  • These are members who are able to guide others through the recovery steps based on their own experiences.
  • Trusted Servants
  • Members who are employed for the NA.

Closed Vs Open Gatherings

The Narcotics Anonymous Meetings can either be open or closed just like AA meetings. Open meetings admit friends and loved ones of the member who want to understand how NA works to offer better support to their loved one. Closed meetings are for the members only.

The members are free to choose the type of meeting they wish to be attending. Before making a final decision which group to subscribe to, it is a good idea to attend a couple of different ones at first to see which one fits you best.


12 Stages Of Recovery

The treatment and support provided by Narcotics Anonymous is based on the well-known 12 steps, established by AA. 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.


Power And Responsibility In Numbers

The community is one of the most powerful aspects of NA. 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 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. 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.


Get In Touch With A Na Group Near You

Do you want to get over that addiction by joining a Narcotics Anonymous Group? There are over 61,000 groups holding meetings weekly all over the world; there will be one that will be the perfect fit for you. If you need to find an NA group, get in touch with us call 0800 246 1509.