Narcotics Anonymous Sprang From the Alcoholics Anonymous

New Brunswick, (PressExposure) June 02, 2009 -- One of the most popular adult and teen treatment center across the US today is the Narcotics Anonymous. Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a twelve-step program of recovery from drug addiction, modeled on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). It describes itself as a nonprofit "fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem", and it is the second-largest 12-step organization. As of 2007 there were more than 43,900 NA meetings in 127 countries.


Narcotics Anonymous sprang from the Alcoholics Anonymous Program of the late 1940s, and was co-founded by Jimmy Kinnon. Meetings first emerged in the Los Angeles area of California, USA, in the early fifties. The N.A. program, officially founded in 1953, started as a small US movement that has grown into one of the world's oldest and largest organizations of its type.

Membership in Narcotics Anonymous adult and teen treatment center is voluntary; no attendance records are kept either for NA's own purposes or for others. Because of this, it is sometimes difficult to provide interested parties with comprehensive information about NA membership. There is, however, some objective measures that can be shared based on data obtained from members attending one of their world conventions; the diversity of the membership, especially ethnic background, seems to be representative of the geographic location of the survey.

Rate of Growth

Because no attendance records are kept, it is impossible to estimate what percentages of those who come to Narcotics Anonymous remain active in NA over time. The only sure indicator of the program's success as an adult and teen treatment center in attracting members is the rapid growth in the number of registered Narcotics Anonymous meetings in recent decades and the rapid spread of Narcotics Anonymous outside North America.

* In 1978, there were fewer than 200 registered groups in three countries.

* In 1983, more than a dozen countries had 2,966 meetings.

* In 1993, 60 countries had over 13,000 groups holding over 19,000 meetings.

* In 2002, 108 countries had 20,000 groups holding over 30,000 meetings.

* In 2005, 116 countries had over 21,500 groups holding over 33,500 weekly meetings.

* In 2007, there are over 25,065 groups holding over 43,900 weekly meetings in 127 countries.

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