Narcotics Anonymous Model support-groups

How Narcotics Anonymous Came To Be


The Alcoholic Anonymous support group was formed in the UK years ago, and other groups have been established adopting the same model, Narcotics Anonymous is one of these. After the successful implementation of the Alcoholic Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous was formed. People who are recovering from drugs that aren't alcohol are the main target for these groups. If you desire to quit drug abuse, you qualify to become an NA member. NA admits as members anyone involved in any drug problem including alcohol. Moreover, they admit that addiction to several substances is common indeed. You will get the help you need if you are an addict to any drug.


Officially NA was founded in 1953 in Los Angeles, and has spread all over the world, currently having thousands of groups in 129 countries.


What Goes On In 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. Any person who has anything to do Narcotics Anonymous was at one point or another a drug user themselves.

As an NA member, you are welcomed, accepted just as you with no judgemental attitudes and you'll be cared for.

NA meetings are ordinarily discussions or have a speaker.


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. During the discussion meetings, members are not forced to participate or to talk more than they are ready to. New persons are not made share, but if they choose to do so, they are welcome. 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'.


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Narcotics Anonymous And Religious Beliefs

Spirituality is adhered to in NA although the groups are not affiliated to any religious groups. Since everyone has their own personal beliefs, the references to a higher power don't define what this higher power is. References to God are certainly made during parts of the NA meeting, and a prayer is also held before the closing of the meeting. Some people though, will replace God with "Good orderly direction" or "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.


First Meeting Terms You Need To Know Here Is A Quick Glossary Of Terms Used During NA Meetings As Listed In the NA Official "Intro To NA" Material

  • 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
  • The book titled Narcotics Anonymous where the core ideas of NA are written and explained.
  • Group
  • Members who are holding one or more NA meetings scheduled regularly are identified as a group.
  • Higher Power
  • A spiritual being that offers guidance and help in the recovery process.
  • IPs
  • Information pamphlets about NA.
  • Newcomers
  • The newly signed participants of NA.
  • Relapse
  • This is when a recovering addict slightly gets back to the drug use ways.
  • Sharing
  • Offering other members one's personal experience related to one's addiction and recovery.
  • Sponsor
  • A member who has the experience to help you go through the 12 Steps.
  • Trusted servants
  • The members who hold service positions in NA.

Difference Between Closed And Open Meetings

Just like in Alcoholic Anonymous, a Narcotics Anonymous meeting is either "open" or "closed." Any individual is allowed to attend open meetings, including those that are interested in the group and want to understand how it works or is looking forward to attending the meeting to support a loved one. Closed meetings are for the members only.

It is up for you to decide which type of group you would like to attend, depending on what option you'll feel more comfortable with. Depending on your schedule, character and needs, you may want to try out several groups first before deciding on a particular one.


The 12 Stages

The 12 stages of recovery are thoroughly followed in NA. 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.


Power And Responsibility In Numbers

NA helps to create a community around any recovering drug user. The meeting will always provide an environment in which the recovering user will feel comfortable since the people they'll find there are on the same recovery path as them.

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 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. In order to establish multiple levels of accountability advice is provided that sponsors that also have a sponsor should be chosen.


Locating A Narcotics Anonymous Group

Do you need to find an NA group to join for help with your drug addiction? There are over 61,000 groups holding meetings weekly all over the world; there will be one that will be the perfect fit for you. Let us help you to find an NA group call 0800 246 1509 today.