Are you curious what happens at NA meetings? Read more to find out!
NA meetings are an outstanding choice for the recovering addict. Those just coming out of a drug treatment program understand that participation in group therapy is highly encouraged. Groups like this offer those people in recovery a chance to come together with their peers, offer support and be supported. Additionally, being amongst other link-minded individuals, there is an environment that promotes sobriety and a healthy lifestyle. Furthermore, NA meetings are based on the twelve-step model. Call Better Addiction Care for more information on NA meetings, and where to find them.
Narcotics Anonymous Meeting Format
Please note that the narcotics anonymous meeting format may differ depending on region or just by the group. Typically, however, this is what you might encounter at an NA meeting. The Chairperson will welcome the members of the group and introduce themselves. “Hello my name is _______ and I am an addict. Welcome to this meeting…” and then they may ask for a moment of silence for “the addict who still suffers” and perhaps a group Serenity Prayer.
After the prayer, the Chairperson will extend a welcome to those who are new and have never attended before. The chairperson might ask if anyone is attending the meeting for the first time or even just attending NA for the first time. Depending on whether it is a closed or open meeting, the Chairperson may read an anonymity statement to remind visitors at open meetings that these meetings are, indeed, anonymous according to the Eleventh Tradition.
At this time, the Chairperson may remind those at the meeting that they are not have any type of substances on their person, and if they do, they are to go outside and leave it there before coming back inside.
One of the most exciting parts may be the next – recognition of “clean time.” People may receive chips or medallions to signify different periods of being clean. This is basically it.
Types of NA Meetings
There are a couple types of na meetings that you can choose from. Closed NA meetings are for those individuals that identify as an addict only – or for those who think they may have a problem. This setting allows for a more private and free setting where members can really get into the nitty gritty that they would not normally want to share in front of non-members. Everyone there has gone through the struggle and can understand and empathize, making it easier to share those more intimate of details.
Anyone may attend an open NA meeting. For example, probation officers, judges, professionals, and family members may be curious about how the meetings work. Or, maybe friends and family would like to show support for their addict by coming to the meeting that celebrates an anniversary and where there loved one receives a chip. This is a milestone in recovery which should, in fact, be celebrated. Those who are non-members, however, should not participate verbally in these meetings.
A Speaker meeting is where one (or more) members of NA contribute their experiences and feelings of hope. They talk about how NA has helped them in their recovery as well as talk about how they feel, the new events in their lives, turning-points, and how they feel about themselves now, as a person in recovery.
Open Discussion meetings are centered around a topic chosen by the members of the group or someone leading it. The topic should be related to the personal recovery in this program. Individuals choosing the topic should keep the following in mind:
- Twelve Traditions
- Twelve Steps
- Twelve Concepts
Keep in mind that only recovery-based items shall be discussed. Topics will vary depending upon the group and its members.
Literature Discussion meetings are just that – discussions about the literature of Narcotics Anonymous or other approved texts. People choose to study the basics – Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, and Twelve Concepts. Typically, to get as many people involved as possible, the texts are passed around so that everyone can read a passage (if they would like).