“NA [Narcotics Anonymous] is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other to stay clean. There are no dues or fees. The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop using.” – From the reading ‘What Is The NA Program?’.
You don’t have to be clean when you get here, but after your first meeting we suggest that you keep coming back and try to come back clean (drug free). Remember that the only requirement for membership is the desire to stay stop using. You don’t have to wait for an overdose or jail sentence to get help from NA, nor is addiction a hopeless condition from which there is no recovery. It is possible to overcome the desire to use drugs with the help of the Twelve Step program of Narcotics Anonymous and the fellowship of recovering addicts.
Addiction is a disease that can happen to anyone. Some addicts started to use drugs because they enjoyed getting high, while others used drugs to suppress their feelings. Still others suffered from physical ailments and became addicted to the medication prescribed during their illness. Some addicts joined the crowd using drugs a few times just to be cool and later found that they could not stop.
Many addicts tried to overcome addiction, and sometimes found temporary relief was possible, but it was usually followed by an even deeper involvement in drugs than before; addiction became a way of life.
Whatever the circumstances, it really doesn’t matter to the members of NA – Addiction is a progressive disease and the ends are always the same; jails, institutions, or death.
We have found a way to be free from active drug addiction. The program of Narcotics Anonymous is what works for us.
We present a selection of readings and pamphlets that you can read for a better understanding of what Narcotics Anonymous is, what Narcotics Anonymous does and what addiction means to the NA member:
If you want to talk to someone about NA, please call a local helpline listed on our Helpline page.