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Narcotics Anonymous Support

How Narcotics Anonymous Came To Be


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. The success of alcoholics anonymous is what prompted the creation of Narcotics Anonymous. While AA provides support for those addicted to alcohol, NA, on the other hand, focuses on those addicted to drugs. If you desire to quit drug abuse, you qualify to become an NA member. It does not matter the type of drug you are addicted to as all people are welcomed to this group. NA recognizes that people do get addicted to multiple drugs at once. Any addict who is looking forward to recovering is welcome to join the group.


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

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.

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

The meetings conducted are usually just discussions or speaker meetings.


During discussion meetings, members share their personal stories of addiction and recovery as they relate to their lives. In case of a speaker meeting, one or several members are asked to speak to the most of the attendees. 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. You can choose to share if it's your first time there but you will not be required to. Members share one at a time; everyone is asked to share only their own experiences and never comment on the others' - time for conversations is during breaks or when the meeting is over.


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Narcotics Anonymous And Religious Beliefs

NA meetings are underpinned by spirituality rather than based on any kind of religion. Everyone is entitled to their own spiritual power. "God" is usually mentioned at NA meetings, and a prayer is said at the end of a meeting. It has, however, been noticed that some people replace" God "with "higher power" or "good orderly direction." What is meant by higher power is a set of guiding moral values and strength, which has nothing to do with any religion.


Terminology For Your First Meeting The NA "Intro to NA" material lists the following terms to help a newcomer follow the meeting:

  • Addict
  • NA Members use this term to call themselves, because they recognize that the problem is not use of a particular substance but addiction itself.
  • Basic Text (NA Basic Text Or The Big Book)
  • This refers to the basic or core ideas contained in the Narcotics Anonymous book.
  • 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 (Informational Pamphlets)
  • Information pamphlets about NA.
  • Newcomers
  • The newly signed participants of NA.
  • Relapse
  • A brief or long-lasting return to taking drugs due to a certain lapse in recovery.
  • Sharing
  • Telling others your personal story as regards the addiction and recovery.
  • 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.

Closed Vs Open Gatherings

The Narcotics Anonymous Meetings can either be open or closed just like AA meetings. Family members and friends are allowed to attend the "Open" meetings. Only recovering drug users can attend the 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. Depending on your schedule, character and needs, you may want to try out several groups first before deciding on a particular one.


The 12 Steps Of Na

The NA 12 Steps are based on the AA original 12 Steps. Since NA does not differentiate between addictions, the only difference in the 12 Steps of NA to those of AA is the replacement of "alcohol" with "addiction." You can get more information on the 12 Steps here.


Power And Responsibility In Numbers

The NA community is one of its strengths. 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 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 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.


Narcotics Anonymous Groups For You

Do you want to get over that addiction by joining a Narcotics Anonymous Group? There are many groups for you to choose from since in the whole world, there are at least 61,000 NA meetings each week. We are ready to assist you join one of the groups and start your recovery journey call 0800 246 1509.