An offshoot of the Alcoholics Anonymous Program, Narcotics Anonymous is a fellowship of recovering drug addicts who meet regularly in an effort to stay clean.
History of Narcotics Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) was inspired by the successful Alcoholics Anonymous program in the late 1940s. The association held their first meeting in the early 1950s. The organization has since grown to include 25,000 registered groups holding over 40,000 meetings in over 128 countries.
Today, NA is well established on almost every continent, with numerous communities in the Americas, Europe, Australia, Africa, and East Asia. Narcotics Anonymous books and informational content are available in 27 different languages, with new translations being made for a number of other languages.
Narcotics Anonymous Program
It doesn't matter what type of drug addiction you are suffering from; the Narcotics Anonymous program is open to everyone. Currently, there are is no membership fee or any dues that must be paid. Though members are allowed to contribute small sums of money if they choose, it is not mandatory.
The goal of the program is to allow members to help one another with the recovery process through moral support and the act of sharing recovery stories. Most members find that there is a therapeutic value of working with one another towards a common goal.
Like the AA program, the NA program is built on a Twelve Step tradition. Members are encouraged to:
- Admit they have a problem
- Seek help
- Participate in self-examination
- Be honest with themselves
- Make amends for their mistakes
- Help other drug addicts who have a desire to recover
Group meetings are the backbone of the Narcotics Anonymous program. NA groups typically gather on a weekly basis, and run meetings according to the common principles established by the NA program.Meetings are normally held in a rented building that is run by a public, civic, or religious organization. There is typically one individual who leads the meeting, but members also take part, sharing their drug recovery experiences.
To find a meeting near you, visit the Meeting Search Page on the NA website.
Narcotics Anonymous offers a large selection of products in their online catalog. These products are meant to help addicts through the drug recovery process. Items for sale include:
- Service handbooks
- Informational pamphlets
- Meeting materials
- Multimedia products (CDs, audio tapes, video tapes, DVDs, and CD-ROMs)
- Wallet cards
- Literature racks
If you are interested in learning more about Narcotics Anonymous, or in joining the program, there are several ways in which you can contact them: