Narcotics Anonymous sprang from the Alcoholics Anonymous Program of the late 1940s, with meetings first emerging in the Los Angeles area of California, USA, in the early Fifties. The NA program started as a small US movement that has grown into one of the world’s oldest and largest organizations of its type.
Today, Narcotics Anonymous is well established throughout much of the Americas, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Newly formed groups and NA communities are now scattered throughout the Indian subcontinent, Africa, East Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. Narcotics Anonymous books and information pamphlets are currently available in 49 languages.
For more information about our program, we invite you to review some of the items described below.
Membership Survey: Contains the results of a biennial survey of more than 22,000 NA members.
Information about NA: Includes facts about the history of NA, organizational philosophy, and membership demographics.
NA: A Resource in Your Community: This pamphlet provides information about local NA services that may be available such as public service announcements, phonelines, literature sales, and NA presentations for health fairs, schools and professional conferences.
Basic Text: Narcotics Anonymous: Our primary recovery text, the first section offers ten chapters on recovery fundamentals, including essays on the 12 steps and 12 traditions of NA. The second half of the Basic Text is entitled, Our Members Share, and contains personal stories from recovering addicts.
It Works: How & Why: This is a companion piece to the Basic Text, offering in-depth essays on the 12 steps and 12 Traditions. Each chapter contains the collective experience of members, as well as a section called Applying Spiritual Principles, designed to demystify the basic principles of life in recovery.
In Times of Illness: This relied-upon booklet was recently revised to reflect members’ experiences with challenges such as mental health issues, chronic illness and pain, and supporting members with illnesses. It includes section summaries in the table of contents.
For Those in Treatment: In this pamphlet, we offer some suggestions and a basic plan of action to help recovering addicts in the transition from treatment, to continuing recovery in Narcotics Anonymous.
By Young Addicts, For Young Addicts: This pamphlet was developed by young members of Narcotics Anonymous to illustrate the fact that young addicts around the world, speaking many different languages, are getting and staying clean in NA.