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What Is Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous Background


Narcotics Anonymous was created on the model of Alcoholics Anonymous, which is the oldest and most popular support group for addicts in the UK. 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. Wanting to give up drugs is the only qualification for joining Narcotics Anonymous. Groups of NA do not make a distinction between drugs of any kind, including alcohol. The use of more than one drug is also recognized in NA. Any addict is welcome if he or she wants to recover.


This movement is now available in 129 countries across the world since it started in 1953 in Los Angeles.


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. All NA members are actually recovering addicts who wish to help others surmount addictions.

As an NA member, you are welcomed, accepted just as you with no judgemental attitudes and you'll be cared for.

The meetings conducted are usually just discussions or speaker meetings.


During discussion sessions, members talk about their personal experiences, challenges, and relationships during the recovery process. In speaker meetings, one or more member within the group is asked to share their experience for the majority of the meeting. In discussion meetings, members share as much or as little as they wish but should mind the timing because consideration for other people is important. It may be difficult for new people to open up since they are still trying to build the trust with other members of the group. 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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Narcotics Anonymous And Religious Beliefs

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. There are references to God during the meetings and in some cases a prayer is made at the end of the meeting. It has, however, been noticed that some people replace" God "with "higher power" or "good orderly direction." The reference to a higher power isn't focused on a particular religion but is supposed to provide strength and guidance on moral matters.


Terminology For Your First Meeting 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
  • It is used to refer to the person who is dependent on any kind of drug.
  • Basic Text
  • This refers to the basic or core ideas contained in the Narcotics Anonymous book.
  • Group
  • These are the people who meet regularly for the planned meetings.
  • Higher Power
  • A force that transcends the recovering user that can help them to abstain.
  • IPs
  • Information pamphlets are texts about various aspects of NA activity.
  • Newcomers (new members)
  • People who've recently been welcomed to NA.
  • Relapse
  • This is a short or long return to drug use after a certain period of abstinence.
  • Sharing
  • Opening up on your condition to the other members.
  • Sponsor
  • An experienced member who is willing to offer guidance and support through the 12 steps.
  • Trusted servants
  • These are members of NA who are specifically tasked with certain duties.

Difference Between Closed And Open Meetings

Just like in Alcoholic Anonymous, a Narcotics Anonymous meeting is either "open" or "closed." 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. The addict members are the only ones allowed to attend the "closed" meeting.

You decide which kind of group you want to be involved 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.


Na 12 Steps

The treatment and support provided by Narcotics Anonymous is based on the well-known 12 steps, established by AA. 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 go here to find out more about the 12 steps.


Liability And Power In Numbers

The community is one of the most powerful aspects of NA. New addicts that have just joined NA are assured to get the help they need since the groups already have members that are already recovering.

New members always search for sponsors after they have developed a trust with the group. A sponsor has been a member of NA for a while and is familiar with the 12 Steps and will be able to support and mentor the new member. You can have as many sponsors as you want which is beneficial to you.


Narcotics Anonymous Groups For You

Are you ready to find a Narcotics Anonymous group for help in overcoming your addiction? You will definitely get a group that fits your schedule and needs from the 61,000 gatherings taking place weekly all over the world. Let us help you to find an NA group call 0800 246 1509 today.