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Narcotics Anonymous Model

How Narcotics Anonymous Came About


Alcoholics Anonymous was the first successful addiction group in the UK after which others like the Narcotics Anonymous followed suit. After the successful implementation of the Alcoholic Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous was formed. NA renders support to the people attempting to get rid of from addiction to drugs, rather than just to alcohol. People who are trying to stop the dependence on different drugs are welcomed to the NA. Anyone who is trying to give up addiction to any substance including alcohol can join NA. Moreover, they admit that addiction to several substances is common indeed. 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 Happens In An Na Meeting

It's normal to be a bit afraid of going to a meeting, but just remember that everyone was once in your shoes. Any person who has anything to do Narcotics Anonymous was at one point or another a drug user themselves.

No one will look down upon you because of your conditions because everyone is in that same position.

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. 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 members are not required to share their experiences, although they are welcome to do so if they wish. Sharing their experiences is held one at a time and members are instructed only to share their story without commenting on others because conversations can be held during any breaks or after the meeting.


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Spirituality In Narcotics Anonymous

NA meetings though spiritual are not based on a particular 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. In some parts of the NA meetings, "God" is recognized and there is usually prayer at the end of the meetings. There are those who would rather refer to "God" as a "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 Here Is A Quick Glossary Of Terms Used During NA Meetings As Listed In the NA Official "Intro To NA" Material:

  • Addict
  • Using a certain drug isn't seen as the cause of the problem and the real problem is seen to be the addiction hence the use of the word addict.
  • Basic Text
  • This book contains our core ideas and is titled Narcotics Anonymous.
  • Group
  • These are participants of the meetings of NA.
  • Higher Power
  • A spiritual being that offers guidance and help in the recovery process.
  • IPs (Informational Pamphlets)
  • Information pamphlets about NA.
  • Newcomers
  • New NA members.
  • Relapse
  • When any lapse in the recovery results in a brief or an extended return to drug use.
  • Sharing
  • Offering other members one's personal experience related to one's addiction and recovery.
  • Sponsor
  • A member who has the experience to help you go through the 12 Steps.
  • Trusted Servants
  • Members who are employed for the NA.

Closed Vs Open Gatherings

Like Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, the ones held by Narcotics Anonymous can be "open" and "closed." Open meetings are open for everyone, including those who want to support a loved one or is just interested in how the group works. The addict members are the only ones allowed to attend the "closed" meeting.

You can choose the sort of meeting you'd like to attend depending on what makes you more comfortable. Recommendations are also made to ascertain several different groups and meetings until you are able to find one, which can suit your needs, schedule and personality.


The Twelve Steps For Na

The 12 stages of recovery are thoroughly followed in NA. The terminology used by NA replaces any references to "alcohol' simply with 'Addiction" because NA does not distinguish between addictions. You can learn more about Twelve Steps here.


Power And Responsibility In Numbers

The NA community is one of its strengths. NA is a congregation of recovering addicts who take care of their own meetings and provide a welcoming environment of help and healing for newcomers.

New members always search for sponsors after they have developed a trust with the group. 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.


Finding A Na Group

Do you want to get over that addiction by joining a Narcotics Anonymous 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. We are ready to assist you join one of the groups and start your recovery journey call 0800 246 1509.