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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. NA (Narcotics Anonymous) came into existence after the great success of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). NA renders support to the people attempting to get rid of from addiction to drugs, rather than just to alcohol. A desire to overcome an addiction is the only requirement to become a member of NA. Narcotics Anonymous groups make no distinction between types of addictive substances, including alcohol. They are aware that polysubstance dependence is common among people. 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

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.

You can rest assured of receiving an environment from the group which will be caring, welcoming and non-judgmental.

A person may be called to talk to all the addicts or they can discuss among themselves.


Opening up is one of the ways through which the members get to learn about each other in the group during the discussion sessions. In speaker meetings, a member takes control of most of the meeting addressing areas or issues that concern everyone. One is allowed to share what he or she feels to in the discussion sessions. New persons are not made share, but if they choose to do so, they are welcome. 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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Spirituality In Narcotics Anonymous

NA meetings are underpinned by spirituality rather than based on any kind of religion. Everyone is entitled to their own spiritual power. References to God are certainly made during parts of the NA meeting, and a prayer is also held before the closing 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.


Terminology For Your First Meeting There are certain words that you're likely to encounter when you attend NA meetings and some of those you should know about include:

  • Addict (Addicted Person, Drug 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
  • 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 spiritual being that offers guidance and help in the recovery process.
  • IPs (Informational Pamphlets)
  • Information pamphlets about NA.
  • Newcomers
  • New NA members.
  • Relapse
  • When one goes back to taking the drug, they are fighting to quit regardless of length of time.
  • Sharing
  • Opening up on your condition to the other members.
  • Sponsor
  • This are the participants that guide others through the different recovery stages.
  • Trusted Servants
  • The members who hold service positions in NA.

Closed Vs Open Gatherings

The Narcotics Anonymous Meetings can either be open or closed just like AA meetings. Family members and friends are allowed to attend the "Open" meetings. Only recovering drug users can attend the closed meetings.

The members are free to choose the type of meeting they wish to be attending. This choice is best decided after you have experienced both forms of meetings.


The 12 Stages

Although originally used in the AA, the 12 steps are also utilized by NA to guide its meetings. 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 find here more detail about the 12 stages.


Liability And Power In Numbers

The community is one of the most powerful aspects of NA. 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.

New members always search for sponsors after they have developed a trust with the group. A sponsor is a member who has gained a solid reputation in NA and is savvy enough in the 12 Steps to act as a mentor. Wisdom dictates it is best to have a sponsor who is themselves sponsored in order to have accountability on multi-levels.


Locating A Narcotics Anonymous 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 help you select an NA group today call 0800 246 1509.