Presentation on theme: "A Vital Community Resource"— Presentation transcript:
1 A Vital Community Resource Narcotics Anonymous:A Vital Community Resource
2 Origin of our name – Why “Narcotics?” Commonly used for all illegal substances at the time of our inception in 1953N.A. is not a drug-specific program but has universal appeal to all who share the disease of addiction
3 Historical Background Adapted from AA; regular NA meetings started in Los Angeles, CA in 1953Explosive growth coincided with publishing of the book Narcotics Anonymous, in 1983As of May 2014, there are over 63,000 meetings in 132 countries
4 What is NA? -A Vital Resource Therapeutic value of one addict helping another — support networkProcess for change through the Twelve StepsAdjunct to treatment professionals in continuing care
5 The NA Meeting – Primary vehicle for delivering the NA message of recovery 2 or more NA members gathering constitute a meetingMeetings promote atmosphere of recovery from drug dependenceMembers often share their personal experiences with addiction and recoveryExperienced older members support newer membersNA meetings are self supporting by those who choose to contribute (no fees)Guidelines of how to conduct an NA meeting are available
6 The NA Meeting – Primary vehicle for delivering the NA message of recovery NA meetings provide an environment within which people can help one another stop using drugs and learn to live drug free
7 Dynamic Meeting Growth Fellowship dynamic growth after publication of the Basic Text.
9 Cultural Adaptability of NA Long Term NA Communities: Indian sub continent, Japan, Western Europe, Latin America, Middle EastRecent Growth: Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe and AfricaPublished NA literature in 45 languages and meetings held in 76 languages.
10 2013 Membership Survey Carried out biennially since 1996 67% rated first NA meeting Important or Very ImportantTop three influences to attend first NA meeting:Treatment / counseling agencyAnother NA memberFamilyMembers surveyed averaged 4.79 meetings per week
16 Cooperating with Professionals Welcoming your clients to meetingsPresentations to professionals and clientsPrinted material, audio-visual, helplines, websitesSubscription to NA newsletters and literature useful for client introduction to NAThere is no charge or fee to attend NA recovery meetings or for NA presentations
17 Benefits to… The Client: Assists with transition back into the communityCan support clients while in treatment and correctional facilitiesProvides a peer-based support networkDrug-free role model reinforcementThe Professional:Research indicates: improves retentionImmediate access to aftercare support
18 NA LiteratureLiterature – printed tool to reaffirm or transmit key core principles.
19 Contacting NA NA World Services P.O. Box 9999 Van Nuys, CA 91409 Website:Phone:FAX:May wish to add local contact information