Started in 1947, Narcotics Anonymous sprouted from the Alcohol Anonymous movement in the early 1940’s. Based in Los Angeles, California, NA nearly holds twenty thousand meetings a week in over sixty countries. A pamphlet called, “the White Booklet,” describes Narcotics Anonymous as “a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem . . . recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean.”
Much like its predecessor, Narcotics Anonymous derived much of its success from a similar twelve-step program. Similar to A.A. meetings, people meet and are encouraged to share their personal experiences with one another and to guide each other towards a solution.
The program encourages its members to participate with complete abstinence from all drugs, including alcohol. Studies have shown that by observing strict abstinence, members are more likely to succeed in dealing with his or her addiction.
If you are interested in joining NA, the only requirement to join is that you “have a desire to quit.” Please contact your local NA organization if you or someone you know currently struggles with an addiction to drugs.