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Narcotic Anonymous NA

How Narcotics Anonymous Came About


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. NA (Narcotics Anonymous) came into existence after the great success of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). People who are recovering from drugs that aren't alcohol are the main target for these groups. The only thing necessary to become a member of NA is a wish to vanquish the addiction. Anyone who is trying to give up addiction to any substance including alcohol can join NA. The use of more than one drug is also recognized in NA. You will get the help you need if you are an addict to any drug.


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


What Goes On In An Na Meeting

It's normal to be a bit afraid of going to a meeting, but just remember that everyone was once in your shoes. All NA members are all recovering addicts who seek to help others on their recovery journey.

You can rest assured of receiving an environment from the group which will be caring, welcoming and non-judgmental.

A person may be called to talk to all the addicts or they can discuss among themselves.


Opening up is one of the ways through which the members get to learn about each other in the group during the discussion sessions. In speaker meetings, a member takes control of most of the meeting addressing areas or issues that concern everyone. Meetings are designed so members can share their experiences but they need to remain courteous. Though a new member is encouraged to participate in the to, they are not obliged to take part. 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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Narcotics Anonymous And Religious Beliefs

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. Nevertheless, members are free to replace "God" with either "good orderly direction" or "higher power". What is meant by higher power is a set of guiding moral values and strength, which has nothing to do with any religion.


Words Used in the 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 (Addicted Person, Drug 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 book contains our core ideas and is titled Narcotics Anonymous.
  • Group
  • Members who are holding one or more NA meetings scheduled regularly are identified as a group.
  • Higher Power
  • A force that transcends the recovering user that can help them to abstain.
  • IPs
  • These are pamphlets that provide information on NA.
  • Newcomers
  • The newly signed participants of NA.
  • Relapse
  • This is when a recovering addict slightly gets back to the drug use ways.
  • Sharing
  • Telling others your personal story as regards the addiction and recovery.
  • 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.

Closed Vs Open Gatherings

The Narcotics Anonymous Meetings can either be open or closed just like AA meetings. Any individual is allowed to attend open meetings, including those that are interested in the group and want to understand how it works or is looking forward to attending the meeting to support a loved one. 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. 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 12 stages of recovery are thoroughly followed in NA. The terminology used by NA replaces any references to "alcohol' simply with 'Addiction" because NA does not distinguish between addictions. You can read more about the 12 steps here.


Being Accountable To The Group

The group of members is what makes NA achieve its objectives. 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 a member who has gained a solid reputation in NA and is savvy enough in the 12 Steps to act as a mentor. 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.


Locating A Narcotics Anonymous Group

Do you need to find an NA group to join for help with your drug addiction? 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. Let us help you to find an NA group call 0800 246 1509 today.