Narcotic Anonymous NA support-groups

Narcotics Anonymous Story


Narcotics Anonymous was created on the model of Alcoholics Anonymous, which is the oldest and most popular support group for addicts in the UK. 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. A desire to overcome an addiction is the only requirement to become a member of NA. NA admits as members anyone involved in any drug problem including alcohol. This group realises that people can be addicted to more than a single drug. You will get the help you need if you are an addict to any drug.


Although it is currently found in 129 countries, the original NA started in 1953 in Los Angeles.


What To Anticipate From An Na Meeting

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. All NA members are actually recovering addicts who wish to help others surmount addictions.

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

NA meetings are ordinarily discussions or have a speaker.


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. While bearing in mind the time constraints, people will be free to share as much as they'd like during the discussion meetings. You can choose to share if it's your first time there but you will not be required to. 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.


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Narcotics Anonymous And Religious Beliefs

Spirituality is adhered to in NA although the groups are not affiliated to any religious groups. It refers to a higher power but no definition is given, because this notion can be understood differently by everyone. There are references to God during the meetings and in some cases a prayer is made at the end of the meeting. It has, however, been noticed that some people replace" God "with "higher power" or "good orderly direction." No religion is forced on the members but they just have to appreciate the fact that the higher power is the one guiding them to recovery from addiction.


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

  • 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
  • Narcotics Anonymous is the book that holds the main ideas on the need for the existence of the group.
  • Group
  • NA Members who conduct one or more NA meetings on a scheduled basis.
  • Higher Power
  • This refers to any force, which is loving and is helping a member to stay clean and seek recovery.
  • IPs
  • Information pamphlets about NA.
  • Newcomers
  • Newly Registered NA members.
  • Relapse
  • When one goes back to taking the drug, they are fighting to quit regardless of length of time.
  • 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 have service positions in NA.

Closed Vs Open Gatherings

The Narcotics Anonymous Meetings can either be open or closed just like AA meetings. 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. 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. 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 12 Steps Of Na

Narcotics Anonymous also utilizes the 12 established steps of AA and bases their treatment on this procedure. 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.


Strength And Responsibility In Numbers

NA helps to create a community around any recovering drug user. The NA family members are all recovering addicts who care and love one another providing a safe, comforting place of refuge for a new member to start healing.

As soon as a new attendee gets familiar with NA and gets across to the group, the time is ripe to start selecting a sponsor. This are people that are in the later stages of recovery and know more about the steps of effectively achieving that. In order to establish multiple levels of accountability advice is provided that sponsors that also have a sponsor should be chosen.


Locating A Narcotics Anonymous Group

Do you need to find an NA group to join for help with your drug addiction? There are over 61,000 groups holding meetings weekly all over the world; there will be one that will be the perfect fit for you. If you need to find an NA group, get in touch with us call 0800 246 1509.