The Mission of Narcotics Anonymous: Working to provide consummate support to those who are addicted to narcotics and their loved ones through weekly support meetings that are meant to foster a higher level of communication for greater understanding of this disease.
Narcotics Anonymous is a global, community-based organization with a multi-lingual and multicultural membership. NA was founded in 1953, and their membership growth was minimal during their initial twenty years as an organization. Since the publication of their Basic Text in 1983, the number of members and meetings has increased dramatically. Today, NA members hold more than 63,000 meetings weekly in 132 countries. NA offers recovery from the effects of addiction through working a twelve-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings.
The group atmosphere provides help from peers and offers an ongoing support network for addicts who wish to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle. Their name, Narcotics Anonymous, is not meant to imply a focus on any particular drug; NA’s approach makes no distinction between drugs including alcohol. Membership is free, and they have no affiliation with any organizations outside of NA including governments, religions, law enforcement groups, or medical and psychiatric associations. Through all of their service efforts and cooperation with others seeking to help addicts, they strive to reach a day when every addict in the world has an opportunity to experience our message of recovery in his or her own language and culture.