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Narcotics Anonymous Support

How Narcotics Anonymous Came About


Narcotics Anonymous was created on the model of Alcoholics Anonymous, which is the oldest and most popular support group for addicts in the UK. NA (Narcotics Anonymous) came into existence after the great success of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). People who are recovering from drugs that aren't alcohol are the main target for these groups. Wanting to give up drugs is the only qualification for joining Narcotics Anonymous. NA admits as members anyone involved in any drug problem including alcohol. The use of more than one drug is also recognized in NA. You will get the help you need if you are an addict to any drug.


This movement is now available in 129 countries across the world since it started in 1953 in Los Angeles.


What To Anticipate From An Na Meeting

Every member of the NA is addicted to some form of drug and so this minimises the fear that people usually have the first time they go there. It can be said with a degree of certainty that Narcotics Anonymous members are all recovering addicts who are looking forward to helping others recover.

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.


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 case of a speaker meeting, one or several members are asked to speak to the most of the attendees. While bearing in mind the time constraints, people will be free to share as much as they'd like during the discussion meetings. It may be difficult for new people to open up since they are still trying to build the trust with other members of the group. 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 though spiritual are not based on a particular religion. Each person is free to relate to the higher power whoever they conceive him to be. In some parts of the NA meetings, "God" is recognized and there is usually prayer at the end of the meetings. Some people though, will replace God with "Good orderly direction" or "higher power". 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
  • 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
  • NA Members who conduct one or more NA meetings on a scheduled basis.
  • Higher Power
  • A mighty loving force that helps a member stay clean, be committed and seek recovery.
  • IPs
  • These are pamphlets that provide information on NA.
  • Newcomers
  • Newly Registered NA members.
  • Relapse
  • When any lapse in the recovery results in a brief or an extended return to drug use.
  • Sharing
  • Telling others your personal story as regards the addiction and recovery.
  • Sponsor
  • These are members who are able to guide others through the recovery steps based on their own experiences.
  • Group Trusted Servants (Trusted Servants)
  • The members who hold service positions in NA.

What Are Closed And Open Meetings

Like Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, the ones held by Narcotics Anonymous can be "open" and "closed." 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. A closed meeting is open only for recovering addicts.

The members are free to choose the type of meeting they wish to be attending. Before making a final decision which group to subscribe to, it is a good idea to attend a couple of different ones at first to see which one fits you best.


The 12 Stages

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


Being Accountable To The Group

The community is one of the most powerful aspects of NA. Since NA consists of people recovering from addiction who try to take care of their own selves, its meetings provide newcomers with a really welcome environment which greatly contributes to help and healing.

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. A sponsor is an individual who is already established in NA and can also act as a mentor because he or she is well-versed with the 12 steps. You can have as many sponsors as you want which is beneficial to you.


Narcotics Anonymous Groups For You

Are you willing to find a Narcotics Anonymous group to help you get rid of your dependence? 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 help you select an NA group today call 0800 246 1509.