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Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction or chemical dependency, then Narcotic Anonymous may be the right fit for you.

Narcotics Anonymous, also known as NA groups, is a recovery program like Alcoholics Anonymous, except it's geared towards people with other drug dependencies besides alcohol.


At Narcotics Anonymous, there is room for everyone with their multicultural and bilingual membership and a vision that:


"Every addict has a chance to experience the message of NA, in their language and culture, and find an opportunity for a new way of life."


Narcotics Anonymous has over 67,000 meetings in 139 countries with an ever-growing population. Despite being relatively low compared to Alcoholics Anonymous, NA meetings have significantly grown over the years.

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NA's View on Addiction

N/A believes that the addict becomes powerless to their addiction. They also believe that addiction is a disease, and the addicts' power alone is not enough to adequately break free of this disease. N/A believes the addict will continue to use until they have nothing left. Only when they come to terms with the severity of their circumstances, turn their will over to God, and engage in a program like the 12 steps can they truly overcome the power of addiction.

The 12-Step Program:

Much like Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous uses the Big Book, which comprises the 12 steps.


Someone who completes the 12 steps is encouraged to start at the beginning again once they end because addiction is believed to be a lifelong battle.

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NA's view on addiction

Meeting and Memberships

There are no qualifications to attend a meeting besides the desire to change your life. All who believe they have an addiction are welcome to participate in any session. 

Opened meetings: Opened meetings are for the addict and friends and families of the addict who chooses to participate for support.


Closed Meetings: Closed meetings are just for those who are addicted or think they are addicted.

You can always double-check with the person in charge of the meetings to see if they are closed or opened.

Meetings are usually once a week and are hosted in various places. City centers, churches, parks, outdoor areas, and clinics are all popular places where these meetings are held.

Check your local listings for areas near you. NA.org.

  • Will insurance cover drug and alcohol rehab?
    Private insurance is the most common and effective payment method for addiction treatment. It can pay for a significant number, if not all, of your rehabilitation appointments. Thanks to the efforts by private lobbyists and the government, rehabilitation for drug and alcohol addiction is now a mandatory benefit under insurance after the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
  • Paying for addiction treatment
    Ways to Pay for Addiction Treatment Here are the five points for financing that might be helpful for your treatment: ​ 1. Insurance 2. Self-Pay or Payment plan 3. Loan or second mortgage 4. Funding or Scholarships 5. Family Insurance ​ If a person has some benefits, they can use them for treatment and take advantage of insurance. If you use health insurance providers so that you can recover yourself from addiction because they collect payment regularly or they have scheduled their income as well. Self-Pay ​ The second method is self-pay, and in this method, you can pay for treatment in lump sums or months and create a payment plan so that you can pay weekly, monthly, or whatever you choose the way to treat. Loan ​ The third method to pay is a loan. You can take a loan or a second mortgage from those homeowners. Funding or Scholarships ​ If you do some research, then you can find a lot of funding or scholarships for you that are available to you there. Family The last method to pay is family. Your family can help you financially with your treatment. There are many options available for you as a key for financial assistance so that you can choose one of these methods for addiction treatment.
  • Will I lose my job if I go to rehab?
    Employees who get treatment for addiction while still at work are protected by the ADA and other laws like the MHPAEA, the ACA, and the Family Medical Leave Act, which all work together to make them eligible to return to work after the treatment.
  • How much does addiction treatment cost?
    Depending on your needs, treatment options for addiction vary from extensive medical detox to inpatient (or residential) care plans to less intensive outpatient ones. If your addiction is chronic or you are also grappling with a dual diagnosis, then long-term care at a residential facility is often the best option; but it is more costly. It's even more expensive when your situation necessitates the consultation of many specialists and the administration of costly drugs.
  • When is it time to go to rehab?
    Many believe that a person does not need to go to rehab, even if they struggle with the most severe addiction withdrawal symptoms. Still, studies show that last year almost 100,000 people died in the United States due to substance use disorder or overdoses. As 22 million people are suffering from addiction to either drugs or alcohol, there is a need to talk about this subject more casually. Many people don’t go to rehab because they feel ashamed of being addicted. There is a need to make them realize that no one can judge them if they see any symptoms; they should decide to visit a rehab as soon as possible.

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Additional info about NA

Additional Information

  • NA meetings are not an in-patient or extended stay program.

  • N/A is not a Detox facility or Medication Maintenance Resource

  • NA is a Spiritual based 12- step program intended to help people recover from drugs and alcohol.

  • Most programs are weekly, lasting approximately one hour long.

  • Family friends are welcome to most meetings (except for the closed sessions).

  • NA was founded in 1947 as one of its oldest, most extensive programs.

  • NA started as an alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA groups) for people struggling with drugs other than alcohol.

  • You will never find any literature in NA referring to drug use but only addiction. NA believes addiction is a disease by which drug use is only one of the symptoms.

  • In NA, addiction is considered a life-long battle by which one has to maintain a daily fight for continued sobriety.

  • NA teaches powerlessness to addiction and its traps. Only when a person loses everything will they realize the magnitude of their circumstances.

  • NA believes the 12 steps can be an effective way to overcome addiction if appropriately applied.

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A Chance At a New Life

A chance at a new life

Narcotics Anonymous has helped thousands of people over the years, and those numbers are still rising. Because of the many different people from all backgrounds and cultures that have come through the program, finding a program that fits your experience should be relatively easy.


Keep an open mind during your first couple of meetings; it may take some time to adjust to the new atmosphere if it is your first time.


Everyone has a story; find an NA meeting near you, tell your account, and allow yourself the chance of a happy, healthy, sober life.

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