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Narcotics Anonymous Groups

Narcotics Anonymous Story


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. Narcotics Anonymous was established after the successful responses received by Alcoholics Anonymous. If a person is struggling to top the overdependence of the narcotics, NA is the perfect solution for them. If you desire to quit drug abuse, you qualify to become an NA member. 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. Anyone seeking help with a drug problem is encouraged to join NA.


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


What Will You Find In Na Meetings

Everyone you'll find in narcotics anonymous meetings has been where you are even if you're feeling nervous about it. It is a community where the members look to help each other overcome the different forms of addiction.

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

Usually, meetings are either speaker or discussion ones.


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. 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. New persons are not made share, but if they choose to do so, they are welcome. 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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Spirituality In Narcotics Anonymous

Spirituality is adhered to in NA although the groups are not affiliated to any religious groups. Since everyone has their own personal beliefs, the references to a higher power don't define what this higher power is. The seminars are always closed with prayers and also looking up to s spiritual power for guidance. Nevertheless, members are free to replace "God" with either "good orderly direction" or "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.


Some Terminology for Your First Meeting Here Is A Quick Glossary Of Terms Used During NA Meetings As Listed In the NA Official "Intro To NA" Material:

  • 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 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)
  • New members of NA; those who just joined a NA group.
  • Relapse
  • A brief or long-lasting return to taking drugs due to a certain lapse in recovery.
  • Sharing
  • Opening up on your condition to the other members.
  • 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

"Open" and "Closed" are the different ways through which people assemble in NA which is similar to that of AA. 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. Recovering addicts have exclusive use of closed meetings.

You decide which kind of group you want to be involved with. This choice is best decided after you have experienced both forms of meetings.


The 12 Steps Of Na

The treatment and support provided by Narcotics Anonymous is based on the well-known 12 steps, established by AA. 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 learn more about Twelve Steps here.


There Is Strength In Numbers

The group of members is what makes NA achieve its objectives. 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.

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. This are people that are in the later stages of recovery and know more about the steps of effectively achieving that. Wisdom dictates it is best to have a sponsor who is themselves sponsored in order to have accountability on multi-levels.


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. We are ready to help you select an NA group today call 0800 246 1509.