Alcoholics Anonymous was the first successful addiction group in the UK after which others like the Narcotics Anonymous followed suit. The success of alcoholics anonymous is what prompted the creation of Narcotics 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. They are aware that polysubstance dependence is common among people. Anyone seeking help with a drug problem is encouraged to join NA.
Officially NA was founded in 1953 in Los Angeles, and has spread all over the world, currently having thousands of groups in 129 countries.
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. 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.
Usually, meetings are either speaker or discussion ones.
People will be sharing their life stories and challenges that they encounter while recovering in the discussion meetings. 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. New members are not required to share their experiences, although they are welcome to do so if they wish. 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'.
Spirituality is adhered to in NA although the groups are not affiliated to any religious groups. Everyone is entitled to their own spiritual power. There are references to God during the meetings and in some cases a prayer is made at the end of the meeting. Some people though, will replace God with "Good orderly direction" or "higher power". 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:
Like Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, the ones held by Narcotics Anonymous can be "open" and "closed." Family members and friends are allowed to 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. 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 NA 12 Steps are based on the AA original 12 Steps. The terminology used by NA replaces any references to "alcohol' simply with 'Addiction" because NA does not distinguish between addictions. You can read more about the 12 steps here.
The community is one of the most powerful aspects of NA. 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.
A person who's new to the group can find a sponsor once they've familiarized themselves with NA and has gotten to know more about the group members. A sponsor helps newcomers to the program by guiding them through the 12 steps as they themselves have already passed through them before. 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. If you need to find an NA group, get in touch with us call 0800 246 1509.