Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is one of the numerous 12-step based programs whose program was adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous. NA was founded in 1953, but the group’s numbers remained small until 1983 when the group published their Basic Text. Currently, NA holds approximately 63,000 meetings weekly in 132 countries worldwide. Despite what the name implies, Narcotics Anonymous does not focus on any one particular drug. In fact, the group has a unique approach in the fact that it makes no distinction between drugs including alcohol.
Membership is free, and NA has no affiliation with any organizations outside of NA including governments, religions, or medical and psychiatric associations. Through their focus on community service efforts and fostering cooperation with others who seek to help addicts of all types and backgrounds, the members of NA strive to reach every addict in the world has an opportunity with their message of recovery.