Narcotics Anonymous was founded in 1953 by Jimmy Kinnion in California. Its original founders were all members of Alcoholics Anonymous. Today, Narcotics Anonymous is the second largest 12 step program in the world with 63,000 weekly meetings in 132 countries.
We at Chooper's Guide believe that 12 step programs play a critical role in recovery and have assembled NA resouces including NA literature and NA meetings links in this section.
What is the Narcotics Anonymous program?
NA is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs. There is only one requirement for membership, the desire to stop using. We suggest that you keep an open mind and give yourself a break. Our program is a set of principles written so simply that we can follow them in our daily lives. The most important thing about them is that they work.
There are no strings attached to NA. We are not affiliated with any other organizations. We have no initiation fees or dues, no pledges to sign, no promises to make to anyone. We are not connected with any political, religious, or law enforcement groups, and are under no
surveillance at any time. Anyone may join us, regardless of age, race, sexual identity, creed,
religion, or lack of religion.
We are not interested in what or how much you used or who your connections were, what you have done in the past, how much or how little you have, but only in what you want to do about your problem and how we can help. The newcomer is the most important person at any meeting, because we can only keep what we have by giving it away. We have learned from our group experience that those who keep coming to our meetings regularly stay clean.
A note from the co-founder of Chooper's Guide
"I darkened the doors of NA on July 22, 1981 in New Haven, Connecticut. At that time, there were only three meetings in the state. I was homeless, helpless and hopeless. Kudos to the NA community for taking the message of hope and recovery to the world!!"
~ Tim C.