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Narcotics Anonymous Model

The Brief Story Of Narcotics Anonymous


Narcotics Anonymous was created on the model of Alcoholics Anonymous, which is the oldest and most popular support group for addicts in the UK. Narcotics Anonymous was established after the successful responses received by Alcoholics Anonymous. If a person is struggling to top the overdependence of the narcotics, NA is the perfect solution for them. People who are trying to stop the dependence on different drugs are welcomed to the NA. NA admits as members anyone involved in any drug problem including alcohol. The use of more than one drug is also recognized in NA. Any addict is welcome if he or she wants to recover.


NA had its official founding in Los Angeles in 1953 and presently spread to numerous locations in 129 countries.


What Happens In An Na Meeting

Everyone you'll find in narcotics anonymous meetings has been where you are even if you're feeling nervous about it. It is a community where the members look to help each other overcome the different forms of addiction.

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

NA meetings are ordinarily discussions or have a speaker.


Opening up is one of the ways through which the members get to learn about each other in the group during the discussion sessions. Certain members may be requested to share for most of the speaker meetings. 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. New members are not required to share their experiences, although they are welcome to do so if they wish. 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 And Narcotics Anonymous

NA meetings though spiritual are not based on a particular religion. 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. There are those who would rather refer to "God" as a "higher power" or "good orderly direction." 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.


Some 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:

  • 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 (NA Basic Text Or The Big Book)
  • This book contains our core ideas and is titled Narcotics Anonymous.
  • Group
  • Members of an NA group attend regularly scheduled meetings.
  • Higher Power
  • Any stronger and loving force that assists the member overcome and remain clean from addiction.
  • IPs
  • Information pamphlets are texts about various aspects of NA activity.
  • Newcomers
  • New NA members.
  • Relapse
  • This is a short or long return to drug use after a certain period of abstinence.
  • Sharing
  • This involves telling stories of what you've gone through during addiction and afterwards.
  • Sponsor
  • An experienced member who is willing to offer guidance and support through the 12 steps.
  • 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." 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.

You decide which kind of group you want to be involved with. 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.


The 12 Stages

The 12 stages of recovery are thoroughly followed in NA. The terminology used by NA replaces any references to "alcohol' simply with 'Addiction" because NA does not distinguish between addictions. You can get more information on the 12 Steps here.


Being Accountable To The Group

The group of members is what makes NA achieve its objectives. 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.

New members always search for sponsors after they have developed a trust with the group. A sponsor helps newcomers to the program by guiding them through the 12 steps as they themselves have already passed through them before. In order to establish multiple levels of accountability advice is provided that sponsors that also have a sponsor should be chosen.


Get In Touch With A Na Group Near You

Are you willing to find a Narcotics Anonymous group to help you get rid of your dependence? 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.