Alcoholics Anonymous has been around for long and is the most well known support program for recovering addicts and Narcotics Anonymous was created based on its model. The achievements of the Alcoholics Anonymous led to the founding of the Narcotics Anonymous. People who are recovering from drugs that aren't alcohol are the main target for these groups. The only thing necessary to become a member of NA is a wish to vanquish the addiction. NA admits as members anyone involved in any drug problem including alcohol. Moreover, they admit that addiction to several substances is common indeed. Any addict is welcome if he or she wants to recover.
This movement is now available in 129 countries across the world since it started in 1953 in Los Angeles.
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.
You can rest assured of receiving an environment from the group which will be caring, welcoming and non-judgmental.
In some of the meetings, there may be a speaker while in others people will be having open discussions.
During discussion sessions, members talk about their personal experiences, challenges, and relationships during the recovery process. The speaker sessions involve one person sharing their experience with the whole group. In discussion meetings, members share as much or as little as they wish but should mind the timing because consideration for other people is important. You can choose to share if it's your first time there but you will not be required to. 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.
NA meetings are grounded on spirituality and are not dependent on any religion. It refers to a higher power but no definition is given, because this notion can be understood differently by everyone. "God" is usually mentioned at NA meetings, and a prayer is said at the end of a meeting. Since it is not the same "God" they refer to, people are at liberty to recognise their own higher power. The aspect of higher power is just to set as a guiding morality and strength and is not dependent on any religion.
Words Used in the Meetings Here Is A Quick Glossary Of Terms Used During NA Meetings As Listed In the NA Official "Intro To NA" Material:
"Open" and "Closed" are the different ways through which people assemble in NA which is similar to that of AA. 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. Recovering addicts have exclusive use of closed meetings.
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 NA 12 Steps are based on the AA original 12 Steps. 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 go here to find out more about the 12 steps.
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 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. It is advisable to select a sponsor who also has a sponsor himself, which results in multiple-layered accountability.
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