Topic Overview

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is an international, community-based support group. It helps people who are recovering from drug addiction. NA is a self-help organization patterned after Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). NA has replaced the word "alcohol" with "addiction" in AA's 12 steps to reflect the disease concept of addiction. Through this 12-step program, NA provides a recovery process and support group for people who are trying to quit using substances. It holds more than 31,000 weekly meetings in more than 100 countries worldwide. NA groups are made up of people who meet regularly to help each other stop using drugs and to stay drug-free.

Meetings are available in most communities at various times. Contact NA or check your local phone book for meeting dates and times, or go to


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine
Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction

Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015