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Narcotics Anonymous is a global, community-based organization with a multi-lingual and multicultural membership. NA was founded in 1953 with the support of the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. Although our growth was minimal during our initial twenty years as an organization, now over 60-years old, the number of members and meetings has increased dramatically. Today, NA members hold more than 67,000 meetings weekly in 139 countries. We speak 65 different languages with recovery literature is now translated in 49 of them. We offer recovery from the effects of addiction through working a twelve-step program. Successful members build community through 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.
Our name, Narcotics Anonymous, is not meant to imply a focus on any particular drug; NA's approach makes no distinction between drugs which include alcohol. Membership is free, and we have no affiliation with any organizations outside of NA including governments, religions, law enforcement groups, medical facilities, or psychiatric associations. We maintain a spirit of cooperation with others seeking to help addicts and 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.
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