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Narcotics Anonymous Model

Narcotics Anonymous Story


Narcotics anonymous is the longest-running and most popular addiction support groups within the UK and is similar in the model which has been designed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Narcotics Anonymous was established after the successful responses received by Alcoholics 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. If you desire to quit drug abuse, you qualify to become an NA member. Groups of NA do not make a distinction between drugs of any kind, including alcohol. The use of more than one drug is also recognized in NA. Any addict who is looking forward to recovering is welcome to join the group.


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


What Will You Find In Na Meetings

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 actually recovering addicts who wish to help others surmount addictions.

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.


During discussion sessions, members talk about their personal experiences, challenges, and relationships during the recovery process. 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. Though a new member is encouraged to participate in the to, they are not obliged to take part. Sharing their experiences is held one at a time and members are instructed only to share their story without commenting on others because conversations can be held during any breaks or after the meeting.


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Spirituality In Narcotics Anonymous

NA meetings though spiritual are not based on a particular religion. Everyone is entitled to their own spiritual power. "God" is usually mentioned at NA meetings, and a prayer is said at the end of a meeting. Some people though, will replace God with "Good orderly direction" or "higher power". 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.


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:

  • Addict
  • It is used to refer to the person who is dependent on any kind of drug.
  • Basic Text (NA Basic Text Or The Big Book)
  • This refers to the basic or core ideas contained in the Narcotics Anonymous book.
  • Group
  • Members of an NA group attend regularly scheduled meetings.
  • Higher Power
  • A mighty loving force that helps a member stay clean, be committed and seek recovery.
  • IPs
  • Information and pamphlets on NA.
  • Newcomers
  • The newly signed participants of NA.
  • 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 NA member who provides guidance and support to those going through the 12 Steps.
  • Trusted Servants
  • The members who hold service positions in NA.

Difference Between Closed And Open Meetings

Like Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, the ones held by Narcotics Anonymous can be "open" and "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.

Deciding on the type of meeting you would like to attend will solely depend on your comfort level and is up to you. This choice is best decided after you have experienced both forms of meetings.


12 Stages Of Recovery

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 go here to find out more about the 12 steps.


There Is Strength In Numbers

The NA community is one of its strengths. 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 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. This are people that are in the later stages of recovery and know more about the steps of effectively achieving that. 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.


Finding A Na Group

If you're trying to get on the path to recovery and planning to stay there, it's a good idea to find an NA group. 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. We are ready to help you select an NA group today call 0800 246 1509.