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. Narcotics Anonymous was established after the successful responses received by Alcoholics Anonymous. NA provides the support needed by people who are looking forward to recovering or making an attempt to recover from an addiction of drugs other than just alcohol. People who are trying to stop the dependence on different drugs are welcomed to the NA. NA admits as members anyone involved in any drug problem including alcohol. The use of more than one drug is also recognized in NA. Any addict who is looking forward to recovering is welcome to join the group.
Officially NA was founded in 1953 in Los Angeles, and has spread all over the world, currently having thousands of groups in 129 countries.
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.
As an NA member, you are welcomed, accepted just as you with no judgemental attitudes and you'll be cared for.
A person may be called to talk to all the addicts or they can discuss among themselves.
During discussion meetings, members are required to share their personal stories of addiction and recovery as it relates to their lives. Certain members may be requested to share for most of the speaker meetings. Meetings are designed so members can share their experiences but they need to remain courteous. 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'.
NA meetings though spiritual are not based on a particular religion. Since everyone has their own personal beliefs, the references to a higher power don't define what this higher power is. In some parts of the NA meetings, "God" is recognized and there is usually prayer at the end of the meetings. Since it is not the same "God" they refer to, people are at liberty to recognise their own higher power. The aspect of higher power is just to set as a guiding morality and strength and is not dependent on any religion.
A guide of what you are going to hear during your first meetings The NA "Intro to NA" material lists the following terms to help a newcomer follow the meeting:
The Narcotics Anonymous Meetings can either be open or closed just like AA meetings. 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. Closed meetings are for the members only.
Deciding on the type of meeting you would like to attend will solely depend on your comfort level and is up to you. Depending on your schedule, character and needs, you may want to try out several groups first before deciding on a particular one.
The treatment and support provided by Narcotics Anonymous is based on the well-known 12 steps, established by AA. The fact that NA deals with different forms of drug dependence is the difference with the 1 stages used in Alcoholics Anonymous. You can read more about the 12 steps here.
The community is one of the most powerful aspects of NA. 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.
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.
Do you need to find an NA group to join for help with your drug addiction? 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. We are ready to help you select an NA group today call 0800 246 1509.