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Narcotics Anonymous Model

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. If you desire to quit drug abuse, you qualify to become an NA member. 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.


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

You can be absolutely sure that the support group will provide really welcoming, caring, and non-judgmental environment.

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. One is allowed to share what he or she feels to in the discussion sessions. New members are not required to share their experiences, although they are welcome to do so if they wish. During the discussions, members speak one at a time and are asked to refrain from commenting on another person. Such conversations take place during breaks or after the meeting is ended.


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Spirituality In Narcotics Anonymous

All though the basis of the group is spiritual, the meetings aren't founded on any religious principle. The reference is usually to a higher power without any definition being provided about what the power is because it can be different for every attendee. 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." 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 brief vocabulary of terms routinely used in NA meetings, taken from the NA official "Intro to NA" booklet:

  • Addict
  • Using a certain drug isn't seen as the cause of the problem and the real problem is seen to be the addiction hence the use of the word addict.
  • Basic Text
  • Narcotics Anonymous is the book that holds the main ideas on the need for the existence of the group.
  • Group
  • Members of an NA group attend regularly scheduled meetings.
  • Higher Power
  • A spiritual being that offers guidance and help in the recovery process.
  • IPs
  • Information pamphlets about NA.
  • Newcomers (new members)
  • Newly Registered NA members.
  • Relapse
  • This is when a recovering addict slightly gets back to the drug use ways.
  • Sharing
  • Offering personal experiences during the process of addiction and recovery.
  • Sponsor
  • An experienced NA member who provides guidance and support to those going through the 12 Steps.
  • Group Trusted Servants (Trusted Servants)
  • These are the leaders and heads of NA.

Closed Vs Open Gatherings

The Narcotics Anonymous Meetings can either be open or closed just like AA meetings. 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. The addict members are the only ones allowed to attend the "closed" meeting.

You decide which kind of group you want to be involved with. 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 12 Steps Of Na

The 12 stages of recovery are thoroughly followed in NA. Since NA does not differentiate between addictions, the only difference in the 12 Steps of NA to those of AA is the replacement of "alcohol" with "addiction." You can read more about the 12 steps here.


Power And Responsibility In Numbers

The NA community is one of its strengths. NA is a congregation of recovering addicts who take care of their own meetings and provide a welcoming environment of help and healing for newcomers.

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 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. You can have as many sponsors as you want which is beneficial to you.


Finding A Na Group

Are you ready to find a Narcotics Anonymous group for help in overcoming your addiction? 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 assist you join one of the groups and start your recovery journey call 0800 246 1509.