During the meeting, some terms will be used that may seem unfamiliar to you. Here we explain some of them to you:
Addicts — We refer to ourselves as addicts because we consider addiction as such to be the problem, not a particular drug.
Basic Text — Titled “Narcotics Anonymous”, this blue book is our ‘basic text’ about recovery in NA.
Trusted servants — Members who do service within NA.
Pamphlets — IPs or informational pamphlets about NA, most of which you can find for free at a meeting.
Closed meetings — Meetings for addicts only or people who think they may have a problem with drugs.
Group — Members who hold one or more meetings regularly form an NA group (see informational pamphlet #2, “The Group”).
Higher Power — A loving force that helps our members stay clean and seek recovery. Each person can conceive of this in whatever way they would like.
Newcomers — New NA members.
Open meetings — Meetings where interested parties including non-addicts are welcome to attend as guests.
Relapse — A short- or long-term return to active drug use.
Sponsor — An experienced NA member who offers one-on-one help, support and guidance through the Twelve Steps (see informational pamphlet #11, “Sponsorship”). You could think of a sponsor as a mentor.
Sharing — Speaking about one’s personal experience with addiction and recovery.