T his page briefly explains in general what to expect from Narcotics Anonymous. It describes what NA is, what NA does, and does not do. Here we have tried to answer the commonly-asked questions we ourselves had, when we first came to NA. Most of the information is available in more detail in literature published by NA World Services. If you have a question which is not in this section, please contact us.

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Our primary purpose is to carry the message of recovery to the still suffering addict.  If you are an addict, give yourself a break and try Narcotics Anonymous.  It can work for you as it has worked for countless others.  Read Who, What, How and Why (Information about the Narcotics Anonymous Fellowship from our NA World Services Website – Reprinted from the White Booklet Information Pamphlet of Narcotics Anonymous).
Our members come from all walks of life. Anyone with the desire to stop using may join our fellowship. We seem to have many differences; the drugs we used, the circumstances of our lives and the degree to which our disease had progressed may have been different. We do share two important things in common: the disease of our addiction and the desire to stop using drugs. We concentrate on our similarities, not our differences.
NA meetings are held in various places. There is no certain kind of facility in which NA meetings are held. Regardless of where our meetings are located, our meetings and fellowship are in no way affiliated with any facility or organization.

Meetings can be found on the Meetings menu above or on this page.

This is a question only you can answer.  All of us have preconceived ideas of what an addict is.  There is nothing shameful about being an addict once you begin to take positive action.  If you can identify with our problems, you may be able to identify with our solution.
You are the only person who can answer this question. There is nothing shameful about being an addict. Addiction is a disease and addicts are sick people who need help. There is an informational pamphlet called Am I an Addict? that might be helpful if you are questioning whether or not you are an addict.
If you need immediate help, you can call our 24 hour helpline at (561)848-6262 and ask to speak with a recovering addict.  We also suggest you attend one of our meetings as soon as possible and let someone there know you are new and seeking help.
An “open” meeting is one which non-addicts may attend to see how NA functions. Since only addicts can share in meetings, visitors are welcome to listen. A “closed” meeting is only for those who are there because of their own addiction problem.
“Clean” is a term that refers to being abstinent or free of any type of mind or mood altering chemicals including alcohol.
Newcomers don’t have to be clean when they get here but after the first meeting we suggest that they keep coming back and come back clean. We want the place where we recover to be a safe place. For that reason we ask that no drugs or paraphernalia be brought to any meeting. If you can’t stop using for now, don’t stop attending meetings or not attend them. We do not turn people away from meetings because they are not yet clean or because they have relapsed.
Attend as many NA meetings as you can and collect a list of members’ phone numbers to use regularly, especially when the urge for drugs is strong.  The number of meetings you attend is up to you, however we suggest that newcomers attend at least a meeting a day for the first 90 days.
We in NA believe there is no such thing as a cure for addiction. We can never return to normal using, and our ability to stay away from drugs depends on maintaining our physical, mental, and spiritual health. This we can achieve by going to meetings regularly and putting into practice what we learn there. In addition, we find it helps us to stay clean if we help other addicts.
NA does not operate detox or treatment facilities. NA is not a professional organization and we are not affiliated with any professional agencies, facilities, or orginizations. We employ no counselors or treatment staff. Many treatment centers introduce their patients to NA before they release them. We are grateful for their cooperation, but cannot allow this to influence us in any way. We remain, simply, a fellowship of recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other to stay clean.
We cannot answer that question. Only you can decide whether or not to attend a facility. NA neither deters nor recommends that one attend facilities of these types.
The principle of anonymity protects the membership and reputation of the fellowship and provides a safe setting for each and every member to seek recovery on an equal basis. We do not disclose what you share to anyone.
A sponsor is another member of NA who has experience in working the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. Someone who is willing to build a supportive, one-on-one relationship with a newcomer in order to help that person understand and work the Twelve Steps. Someone in who we can confide and share things we may not feel comfortable sharing in a meeting.
All you have to do is ask. We suggest you go to meetings with an open mind and listen to others and what they are sharing. When you hear someone’s story that you can relate to, ask for that person’s phone number and tell them you are looking for a sponsor. We suggest women get women sponsors and men get men sponsors.
Most of the information is available in more detail in literature published by NA World Services. This page tells what to expect from Narcotics Anonymous. It describes what NA is, What NA does, and what NA does not do.
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