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What Is Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous Story


Alcoholics Anonymous was the first successful addiction group in the UK after which others like the Narcotics Anonymous followed suit. The achievements of the Alcoholics Anonymous led to the founding of the Narcotics Anonymous. NA provides the support needed by people who are looking forward to recovering or making an attempt to recover from an addiction of drugs other than just alcohol. Wanting to give up drugs is the only qualification for joining Narcotics Anonymous. It does not matter the type of drug you are addicted to as all people are welcomed to this group. This group realises that people can be addicted to more than a single drug. Any addict who is looking forward to recovering is welcome to join the group.


From Los Angeles where in 1953, NA is present now in more than 129 countries of the world.


Inside 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. 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.

In some of the meetings, there may be a speaker while in others people will be having open discussions.


During discussion meetings, members share their personal stories of addiction and recovery as they relate to their lives. In speaker meetings, one or more member within the group is asked to share their experience for the majority of the meeting. Meetings are designed so members can share their experiences but they need to remain courteous. You can choose to share if it's your first time there but you will not be required to. No one will judge you since they are all required to only talk about their experiences and not that of others.


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Religion Within Narcotics Anonymous

All though the basis of the group is spiritual, the meetings aren't founded on any religious principle. It refers to a higher power but no definition is given, because this notion can be understood differently by everyone. The seminars are always closed with prayers and also looking up to s spiritual power for guidance. Since it is not the same "God" they refer to, people are at liberty to recognise their own higher power. The reference to a higher power isn't focused on a particular religion but is supposed to provide strength and guidance on moral matters.


Words Used in the Meetings There are certain words that you're likely to encounter when you attend NA meetings and some of those you should know about include:

  • 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
  • These are the people who meet regularly for the planned meetings.
  • 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
  • People who've recently been welcomed to NA.
  • Relapse
  • This is a short or long return to drug use after a certain period of abstinence.
  • Sharing
  • Offering personal experiences during the process of addiction and recovery.
  • Sponsor
  • A member who has the experience to help you go through the 12 Steps.
  • Group Trusted Servants (Trusted Servants)
  • These are members of NA who are specifically tasked with certain duties.

Difference Between Closed And Open Meetings

The differences between the meetings of Narcotics Anonymous & Alcoholics Anonymous are similar and can either be "open" or "closed." 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. Only recovering drug users can attend the closed meetings.

You can choose the sort of meeting you'd like to attend depending on what makes you more comfortable. Depending on your schedule, character and needs, you may want to try out several groups first before deciding on a particular one.


The 12 Steps Of Na

The 12 stages of recovery are thoroughly followed in NA. The fact that NA deals with different forms of drug dependence is the difference with the 1 stages used in Alcoholics Anonymous. You can learn more about Twelve Steps here.


Being Accountable To The Group

The NA community is one of its strengths. 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.

After the new member is settled and can find their way around the group, it is time to look for a sponsor. 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. 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.


Get In Touch With A Na Group Near You

Do you want to get over that addiction by joining a Narcotics Anonymous Group? 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.