Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a globally accepted, community-based organization of increasing drug addicts with more than 63,000 weekly meetings in more than 132 nations. NA leaped from the Alcoholics Anonymous Program in the late 1940s, in the Los Angeles area of California, USA, in the early 1950s. This program started as a small US movement that has risen into one of the world’s oldest and largest organization of its type. For many years, NA spread slowly from Los Angeles to other North American cities. In 1983, NA published a self-titled book named- The Basic Text. This book contributed a lot to its growth. By the end of 1983, NA had grown to more than a dozen countries and had 2,966 meetings.
Today, NA is well-established organization throughout much of the Americas, Western Countries in Europe, Australia, the Middle East, and New Zealand. Newly formed groups and Communities are scattered throughout the Indian Subcontinent, Africa, and East Asia. NA is a spiritual program that is committed to help self-identified addicts and to stay them sober. NA historically derived from and is similar to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) in its ideology and the use of Twelve Step program. NA is referred to as an open-ended approach to addiction and also a psychoactive substance that could inspire such a condition.
The only requirement to become a member of NA is a desire to overcome the addiction. NA does not make a distinction between any type of drug, substance, and alcohol. NA welcomes any kind of addiction and recognizes that poly-substance dependence is common.
What to Expect from an NA Meeting
It could be natural to not attend and feel intimidated before going to a meeting. The important thing needs to understand is that everyone was once where you are now. Even, the NA members are all recovering addicts those are helping other to recover. You just need to be assured that the treatment will provide a caring, welcoming, and non-judgmental environment.
In the meeting, a discussion is conducted to share the personal stories of addiction and recovery as they could relate it to their lives. These meetings could be speaker meetings or discussion. In speaker meeting, more than one member is given chance to share for the majority of the meeting. In a discussion meeting, it is with the members that how much or little he wants to share so that it makes them feel comfortable by keeping in mind and being courteous of time constraints. Members are asked to share their own experience and it is done one at a time and it is made sure that no one makes a comment on anyone.
NA meeting is not based on any religion but based on spirituality. This is referred to the higher power without defining what it actually is, as it could be different for everyone. Some of the meetings of the NA include references to God and at the closing time, a prayer is offered. Some people refer God with the higher power or to good orderly direction. The higher power aspect is meant to morality and strength and it is not based on any religion.
Terminology To Be Followed For The First Meeting
As listed in the NA official ‘Intro to NA’, here is a quick glossary of terms used in NA meetings:
• Addict. The term is used to refer to an addicted person as we see addiction as the problem.
• Basic Text. The book titled Narcotics Anonymous contains the core ideas.
• Group. NA scheduled meetings are held by the members.
• Higher Power. The loving force that helps a member to stay clean and to gain energy.
• IPs. Information Pamphlets about NA
• Newcomers. New NA members
• Relapse. When a lapse in recovery provides result in a brief or extended return to drug use.
• Sharing. To offer a personal experience of addiction and recovery.
• Sponsor. Through the 12 Steps guidance and support is offered by the experienced member.
• Trusted Servants. Members who are given responsibility and service position in NA.
Strength and Accountability in Numbers
The most important aspect of NA is the community. NA is made up of recovering addicts who take care of meetings and provide a welcome environment of help and healing for newcomers. Once a relationship is established with the group, he or she can look for a sponsor. A sponsor is a person who is established in NA and well-versed in the 12 Steps who can act as a mentor for an addicted person recovering from addiction. It is advised to have a sponsor who also has a sponsor, so there are multiple layers of accountability.
Finding A Nearby Anonymous Group
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