Narcotics Anonymous offers physical and online meetings. Physical meetings are of two types: discussion or speaker.
During discussion meetings, the members come together and discuss their issues, recovery stories and struggles. The members are allowed to share as much as they feel comfortable with. However, it is important to keep time restrictions in mind. Members are only allowed to share their personal stories and experiences. Quoting the stories of others is not allowed.
During speaker meetings, only one or two members talk and share their experiences while the others hear for most of the time.
Online meetings are held using electronic devices and internet facility rather than coming together in a physical place. It is a feasible option for the members who cannot attend physical meetings due to any reason.
12 step programs like narcotics anonymous are often regarded as unscientific and unpractical. However, they have helped millions of people around the world to recover. Narcotics Anonymous meetings are not confined to a certain religious group or religious people. In fact, they are based on spirituality rather than religion. You are required to admit that you have a problem and become determined to overcome that problem and undo the damage it has caused to you and your loved ones.
During the process, you seek help from a power higher than yourself. But it is not specified what the higher power can be. It can be different for different people. People can replace higher power with God, whatever helps them feel better.
Different treatments work for different people. It is important to find out the one that works for you.
Here are the terminologies used during NA meetings as stated in the official ‘introduction to NA’ guide.
- The term we use to refer to ourselves because we see addiction itself as the problem, rather than the use of a specific drug.
- Basic Text.The book that contains our core ideas, titled Narcotics Anonymous.
- Members who hold one or more regularly scheduled NA meetings.
- Higher Power.Any loving force that helps a member stay clean and seek recovery.
- Information pamphlets about NA.
- New NA members.
- When a lapse in recovery results in a brief or extended return to drug use.
- Offering personal experience with addiction and recovery.
- Experienced member who offers guidance and support through the 12 Steps.
- Trusted Servants.Members who have service positions in NA.