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Both organizations empower members to recognise the harm they have caused themselves and others. Each member has to atone to those they have hurt. They must also heal broken relationships and help others resolve their addiction. Listening to their stories and experiences can give you new perspectives on your own experience with drug addiction. Their long history and widespread popularity have proven their effectiveness, making them one of the most popular drug support groups in the world.

Guiding Principles; The Spirit of Our Traditions was approved by the World Service Conference in May 2016. The book explores the principles found in the 12 Traditions of NA and is a resource for members of NA to learn what the essence of the Traditions are, as well as understanding their application for NA groups, members, and service committees. There are no musts in NA. Getting a sponsor when you start going to meetings is a good suggestion, this pamphlet explains what sponsorship is about and why it can be so helpful in staying clean. The Eleventh Tradition states that NA members "need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films".Christo, George; Franey, Christine (April 1995). "Drug users' spiritual beliefs, locus of control and the disease concept in relation to Narcotics Anonymous attendance and six-month outcomes". Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 38 (1): 51–56. doi: 10.1016/0376-8716(95)01103-6. PMID 7648997– via Elsevier Science Direct. One addict helping another is an essential part of the NA program. [15] It is therefore highly recommended that NA members find a sponsor. A sponsor is a member of NA who helps another member of the fellowship by sharing their experience, strength, and hope in recovery and serves as a guide through the Twelve Steps. In doing so, NA members often choose a sponsor with experience in applying the NA's Twelve Steps.

For Anyone New Coming to A.A.; For Anyone Referring People to A.A." AA World Services, Inc . Retrieved June 15, 2006. Today, NA provides more than 70,000 weekly meetings in 144 countries worldwide and is recognized as one of the world’s oldest and most prominent international organizations of its kind. What Happens In NA Meetings? Short answer no. NA is not a religious organisation, nor does it discriminate against anyone holding religious, spiritual or secular views, you are free to believe, or not believe, anything you want. Though some of our meetings are held in church halls it is simply because they are available, amenable and affordable. We have no affiliation with any of these establishments we simply rent rooms as do many other community organisations. The Basic Text was the first-ever known to have been published by recovered drug addicts to treat drug addicts. It was first released in 1982. The Expansion Of The NAComing out of prison or a treatment facility? There is some good shared experience in this pamphlet. The third tradition of NA states that the only requirement for membership is "a desire to stop using." NA says its meetings are where members can "meet regularly to help each other stay clean." All facts and quotes presented in "The Narcotics Anonymous program" section, unless otherwise sourced, come from the Narcotics Anonymous (Basic Text). [5] Membership in NA is free, and there are no dues or fees. Narcotics Anonymous. "What is the Narcotics Anonymous Program?" (PDF). Narcotics Anonymous World Services, Inc . Retrieved June 8, 2013. Continuous abstinence/recovery: The 2015 Membership Survey showed the range from less than one year up to 54 years, with a mean average of 8.32 years. The 2015 Membership Survey of 22,803 members is available on NA.org, under the "For the Public" tab. Fiorentine 1999 was a 24-month longitudinal study measuring the effectiveness of Alcoholics Anonymous and NA. Like other longitudinal studies, it shows a strong correlation between 12-step attendance and being both clean from drugs and sober from alcohol: People who went to 12-step meetings in the study had about a 75% success rate.

Admittance to NA is completely free, and while consistent attendance to meetings is recommended, there is no pressure placed on you to attend when it’s inconvenient. Narcotics Anonymous is fundamentally made up of NA Groups. An NA Group is a number of NA members who meet regularly; usually at the same time and place each week. Some Groups have more frequent meetings but are considered to be part of a single Group. Groups have one primary purpose, to carry the message to the addict who still suffers. Groups are largely independent of one another and members of NA are encouraged to choose a "homegroup" to belong to, a group they attend regularly and where they will be missed if they are absent. Each Group elects any number of leaders, or "trusted servants", to serve the needs of the Group they made include a Group Secretary, a Group Treasurer, a Group Chairperson, a Group Service Representative (GSR), and an alternate GSR. This election process is carried out by the Group Conscience which is a business meeting made up of the members of the Group who strive for consensus-based decisions. With each group being autonomous, without affecting NA as a whole, the responsibilities of trusted servants vary from meeting to meeting. These responsibilities or "group policies" are contrived through the group's business meeting by inviting a Higher Power to guide each recovering person's decision, also known as a group conscience. An example of one specific trusted servant's responsibilities are, "The secretary is responsible for opening the meeting, choosing someone to chair the meeting, making sure coffee gets made, etc. He or she also arranges for purchasing supplies and keeping group records. The treasurer keeps financial records and pays the group's bills. The GSR attends the Area Service Committee meetings and represents the group to the ASC. The alternate GSR assists the GSR and prepares to replace the GSR when need be." [33] Area service committees [ edit ] Some people will find NA more helpful than others, but by attending sessions and allowing yourself to get involved in an open and honest way, there is a strong chance that you will learn a lot about how to sustainably battle your addiction. NA sprang from the Alcoholics Anonymous Program of the mid-1930s, and was founded by Jimmy Kinnon. [16] Meetings first emerged in the Los Angeles area of California, United States, in the early 1950s. The NA program, officially founded in 1953, [17] started as a small U.S. movement that has grown into the world's largest 12 step recovery program for drug addiction.improving access to mutual aid (service managers) - steps service managers can take to promote links between treatment services and mutual aid groups In 1954, the first NA publication was printed, called the "Little Brown Book". It contained the 12 steps and early drafts of several pieces that would later be included in subsequent literature. [3] [22] All information in the "Organizational structure" section, unless otherwise sourced, comes from A Guide to World Services in NA (PDF) (Conference Cycle 2004–2006ed.). Narcotics Anonymous World Services, Inc. 2004. pp.1–5 and 37. ISBN 978-1-55776-554-3. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 16, 2006. The NA World Service Conference (WSC) is a bi-annual service meeting made up of the Regional Delegates of the seated Regions of the world and the members of the NA World Board. This service conference has the executive right to make decisions for the entire NA Fellowship. This includes electing members to serve on the World Board, approving all new NA Literature, service material, and making policy decisions that affect the fellowship including the organizational structure. This responsibility has been executed as recently as the late 1990s when the World Service Conference voted to re-structure the NA Service structure including the removal of the Board of Trustees, Board of Directors, and several other World Service level committees (Public Information, Hospitals & Institutions, Literature, and Translations) replacing them with a single board elected by the conference. improving mutual aid engagement - setting out the skills and experience keyworkers need to help patients engage with mutual aid



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