[spacer size="20"] Narcotics Anonymous ("NA") is an organization of drug addicts helping other addicts. The organization hosts 43,900 meetings each week in 127 countries around the world. Narcotics Anonymous Overview The first NA meetings were held in Los Angeles, California, in the early 1950s. Its program is based on the one used by Alcoholics Anonymous. By the early 1970s, NA established chapters in other major U.S. cities and in Australia. In 1983, NA published a book entitled, "Basic Text," which brought more attention to its activities. Enrollment jumped as a result, and by the end of the year, the group was active in more than 12 countries. Philosophy NA is a not-for-profit organization that provides help and support to people who are trying to stay clean from drugs. How long a member used drugs or how much they ingested is not important; all a member needs to join NA is the desire to live a drug-free life. The group is open to people addicted to any kind of drug. Traditions, Steps, and Process NA is a 12-step program that provides support to its members. At meetings, members are free to share their challenges in learning how to live without using drugs, as well as their triumph in achieving their goal of staying clean "one day at a time." NA is not a religious institution, and each member is encouraged to interpret the step of turning their lives over to a Higher Power in the way that fits with their personal beliefs.