If you have been struggling to overcome your narcotic or opioid addiction, Narcotics Anonymous can help. There are thousands of NA groups around the country providing a safe space for recovering addicts to share their stories and encourage one another. Meetings are free to attend and completely anonymous.
If the thought of attending a Narcotics Anonymous meeting makes you nervous – you’re not alone. It’s a feeling that nearly every first-time group member has felt. Nar Anon is a support group with people who are in your shoes or have been there before. It may take a few group sessions for you to feel comfortable, but this is perfectly normal.
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Choosing an NA Group
Feel free to attend several different NA group meetings until you find your perfect fit. Once you find an NA group where you feel comfortable, consider selecting it as your home group. This will be the place where you regularly attend meetings, can participate in business matters, and even take on leadership roles.
Finding your NA home group is a crucial step in the journey to recovery that creates strong communities and positive relationships where peers hold one another accountable. Missed a meeting? Your home group will notice – and care. Choosing a Narcotics Anonymous group isn’t just a commitment to the other members or the organization itself, it is a commitment to your healing process.
NA Meeting FAQs
What are the 12 Steps of NA?
Similar to AA, Narcotics Anonymous is a 12 step program. It is meant to be followed in order as a journey of self-awareness and healing. It is important to note that although several of the 12 NA steps mention “God” NA is not affiliated with any particular religion and that all people – religious or otherwise – are welcome. There are secular 12 step programs available with modified 12 step programs for the non-religious individual.
- We admitted that we were powerless over our addiction; that our lives had become unmanageable.
- We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- We humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- We made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
- We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Who is the founder of Narcotics Anonymous?
Narcotics Anonymous was founded by Jimmy Kinnon, who often went by the name “Jimmy K.” in an error to maintain anonymity, as per this foundation of this 12 step program.
What does the Narcotics Anonymous symbol mean?
Many meanings can be derived from the Narcotics Anonymous symbol, but the means of each part of the symbol is intended to be simple to interpret, just as the logo and the program itself is simple.
The circle represents a universal and total program. The square represents goodwill. The 3 sides represent the Self, God, Service, and Society.
When was NA established?
Narcotics Anonymous was founded in 1953 and has since grown to an international presence with meetings being held across the globe.
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Humans are social creatures and the power of a supportive community should not be underestimated. A study has shown regular 12-step meeting attendance makes individuals 4-8 times more likely to achieve sobriety. Overcoming addiction by yourself can be an uphill battle but Narcotics Anonymous provides a safe space for you to share that burden. Find a local NA meeting today to find others like you and, most importantly, find freedom from your addiction.