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Narcotic Anonymous NA

How Narcotics Anonymous Came To Be


The Alcoholic Anonymous support group was formed in the UK years ago, and other groups have been established adopting the same model, Narcotics Anonymous is one of these. NA (Narcotics Anonymous) came into existence after the great success of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). If a person is struggling to top the overdependence of the narcotics, NA is the perfect solution for them. If you desire to quit drug abuse, you qualify to become an NA member. NA admits as members anyone involved in any drug problem including alcohol. They are aware that polysubstance dependence is common among people. Anyone seeking help with a drug problem is encouraged to join NA.


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


Inside 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. All NA members are all recovering addicts who seek to help others on their recovery journey.

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

Usually, meetings are either speaker or discussion ones.


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 speaker meetings, one or more member within the group is asked to share their experience for the majority of the meeting. During the discussion meetings, members are not forced to participate or to talk more than they are ready to. Though a new member is encouraged to participate in the to, they are not obliged to take part. 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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Spirituality In Narcotics Anonymous

NA meetings are grounded on spirituality and are not dependent on any religion. Since everyone has their own personal beliefs, the references to a higher power don't define what this higher power is. There are references to God during the meetings and in some cases a prayer is made at the end of the meeting. Nevertheless, members are free to replace "God" with either "good orderly direction" or "higher power". The recognition of a higher power is supposed to enable a form of moral ground and strength and not necessarily religion.


Words Used in the Meetings Here is a brief vocabulary of terms routinely used in NA meetings, taken from the NA official "Intro to NA" booklet:

  • 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
  • This refers to the basic or core ideas contained in the Narcotics Anonymous book.
  • Group (Support Group, Recovery Group)
  • These are participants of the meetings of NA.
  • Higher Power
  • Any stronger and loving force that assists the member overcome and remain clean from addiction.
  • IPs
  • These are pamphlets that provide information on NA.
  • Newcomers
  • People who've recently been welcomed to NA.
  • Relapse
  • This is when a recovering addict slightly gets back to the drug use ways.
  • Sharing
  • This involves telling stories of what you've gone through during addiction and afterwards.
  • Sponsor
  • A member who has the experience to help you go through the 12 Steps.
  • Trusted Servants
  • Members who are employed for the NA.

Difference Between Closed And Open Meetings

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. Recovering addicts have exclusive use of closed meetings.

Deciding on the type of meeting you would like to attend will solely depend on your comfort level and is up to you. It's also a good idea to try a few of different meetings and groups until you find the one that fits your needs best, which you like and time of which meets your schedule.


Na 12 Steps

The 12 stages of recovery are thoroughly followed in NA. Narcotics Anonymous doesn't focus on any particular drug and the terms used are the same as those used in AA except for the references to alcohol. You can get more information on the 12 Steps here.


Strength And Responsibility In Numbers

NA helps to create a community around any recovering drug user. 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.

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. 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.


Acquiring A Narcotics Anonymous Group

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. Come, we shall assist you to find an NA group near you call 0800 246 1509.