Narcotics anonymous is the longest-running and most popular addiction support groups within the UK and is similar in the model which has been designed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Narcotics Anonymous was established after the successful responses received by 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. Anyone who is trying to give up addiction to any substance including alcohol can join NA. NA recognizes that people do get addicted to multiple drugs at once. As long as they are willing to get on the path to recovery, all addicts are allowed to join NA.
Officially NA was founded in 1953 in Los Angeles, and has spread all over the world, currently having thousands of groups in 129 countries.
Everyone you'll find in narcotics anonymous meetings has been where you are even if you're feeling nervous about it. All NA members are actually recovering addicts who wish to help others surmount addictions.
NA groups will always try to provide a welcoming environment in which no one will judge you.
In some of the meetings, there may be a speaker while in others people will be having open discussions.
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. 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.
NA meetings are grounded on spirituality and are not dependent on any religion. 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. References to God are certainly made during parts of the NA meeting, and a prayer is also held before the closing of the meeting. Since it is not the same "God" they refer to, people are at liberty to recognise their own higher power. The reference to a higher power isn't focused on a particular religion but is supposed to provide strength and guidance on moral matters.
First Meeting Terms You Need To Know Here is a brief vocabulary of terms routinely used in NA meetings, taken from the NA official "Intro to NA" booklet:
"Open" and "Closed" are the different ways through which people assemble in NA which is similar to that of AA. Family members and friends are allowed to attend the "Open" meetings. Recovering addicts have exclusive use of closed meetings.
You can choose the sort of meeting you'd like to attend depending on what makes you more comfortable. 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. There is only one difference between these programs: in NA terminology a broader term "addiction" is used instead of "alcoholism" because NA doesn't draw a distinction between addictions to different substances. You can get more information on the 12 Steps here.
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.
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. 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. In order to establish multiple levels of accountability advice is provided that sponsors that also have a sponsor should be chosen.
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. More than 61 thousand of NA meetings are held every week round the world, so there are lots of options that will meet your needs and fit in your schedule. If you need to find an NA group, get in touch with us call 0800 246 1509.