How does Narcotics Anonymous work?

Narcotics Anonymous provides a recovery process and peer support network which are linked together. Members share their successes and challenges in overcoming active addiction and living drug-free, productive lives through the application of the principles contained within the twelve steps and twelve traditions of NA. These principles are the core of the Narcotics Anonymous recovery program.

Narcotics Anonymous itself is not a religious organization. Each member is encouraged to cultivate an individual understanding – religious or not – of the spiritual principles and apply these principles to everyday life.

There are no social, religious, economic, racial, ethnic, national, gender, or class-status membership restrictions. There are no dues or fees for membership; most members regularly make small contributions in meetings to help cover the expenses incurred for the rent of facility space.

Narcotics Anonymous is not affiliated with other organizations. The fellowship does not offer vocational, legal, financial, psychiatric, or medical services.

NA has only one mission: to provide an environment in which addicts can help one another stop using drugs and find a new way to live.

NA as a whole has no opinion on outside issues, including prescribed medications. Use of psychiatric medication and other medically indicated drugs prescribed by a physician and taken under medical supervision is not seen as compromising a person’s recovery in NA.