About NA

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is an international, community based association of recovering drug addicts with more than 61,000 weekly meetings in over 129 countries worldwide.

Where can I find information on NA meetings?

The meeting list on this website is the best place to find NA meetings in Ireland; it’s up-dated regularly and where possible contains a link to a map of the area. The meeting list is designed to print well, however meeting details do change so we would always advise checking the site. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please call your local Helpline.

How can I get NA literature?

Literature is available for sale through our Service Office. Call your local Helpline for more information.

Do you speak at events and conferences?

We are very happy to do so. Contact us or call the Helpline and ask for your number to be p passed on to the Public Information Committee, who can organise a presentation at your facility or event.

I believe in NA and want to help NA. What can I do?

Your positive remarks to others about our Fellowship are a beginning. We do not accept outside contributions nor do we have non-addict volunteers in our Fellowship. The best thing you can do to help us is to advise a person with drug problems is that NA is here, that there is no cost to join us, and that we might be able to help that person.

How are you funded?

We are fully self-supporting. Each meeting asks for contributions to help pay for rent, refreshments & literature, but this is not mandatory. Anything left over is passed to other areas of the fellowship to help carry the message to the addict who still suffers. We do not accept outside contributions.

How can I get someone to stop using drugs?

From our personal experiences, you can’t stop a drug addict from using. The addict will only stop when there is a desire to stop using and seek help. If you know somebody who is using, you may wish to give them some of our literature and a meeting schedule so that they can come to one of our meetings to see if NA can help them stop. NA does not do so-called drug “interventions” nor do we give advise to family members, friends or employers in how to deal with a using addicts.

What’s the difference between NA and drug treatment centres? NA and psychotherapy?

Narcotics Anonymous is a non-profit organization, which charges no fees or dues to its members. We do not have medical staff or professional counsellors to treat or advise our members. We do not present ourselves as professionals to the addicts that come to us seeking recovery. We offer ourselves as addicts, the same as them, who have learned how to stop using drugs, lost the desire to use drugs and have found a new way to live. [For the psychotherapy question] Our meetings are not conducted like a psychotherapy session. We do not allow cross talking nor do we have professionally trained facilitators.

If a person is under the influence of drugs, can they participate in NA meetings?

We do not exclude addicts who may be under the influence of drugs at our meetings. Our Third Tradition states the only requirement for membership is the desire to stop using. However some of our groups do not allow using addicts active participation in their meetings, such as sharing (speaking) or holding a position of service at the meeting. To keep our message clear, most groups ask that if a person has used within the last 24 hours that they refrain from sharing and that they speak to someone after the meeting if they need to talk.

How do you deal with the mentally ill addicts?

We do not exclude addicts from our meetings because of other health issues, whether physical or mental. Our Third Tradition states the only requirement for membership is the desire to stop using.

NA operate any treatment centres or detoxification units?

No, NA does not run any treatment centre or detoxification services to addicts.

Are your meetings confidential? Is that legal?

We try our best to be confidential and respectful of anonymity. However we cannot fully guarantee confidentiality or full anonymity in the community nor do we have a legal right to confidentiality such as a doctor or lawyer has.

I’m not an addict, but can I attend your meetings?

We have meetings that are open to the public and are listed as such on our meeting schedule. We do ask that you respect our closed meetings, which are for addicts and for those who believe that they have a problem with using drugs.

There is more information about NA worldwide available here.