The Narcotics Anonymous message
An addict, any addict, can stop using drugs, lose the desire to use and find a new way to live
Anyone who wants to stop using drugs may become a member of Narcotics Anonymous. Membership is not limited to addicts using any particular drug. Those who feel they may have a problem with drugs, legal or illegal, including alcohol, are welcome in NA. Recovery in NA focuses on the problem of addiction, not on any particular drug.
Recovery from the effects of addiction
We offer recovery from the effects of addiction through working a twelve-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings. The group atmosphere provides help from peers and offers an ongoing support network for addicts who wish to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle. Our name, Narcotics Anonymous, is not meant to imply a focus on any particular drug; NA’s approach makes no distinction between drugs including alcohol. Membership is free, and we have no affiliation with any organizations outside of NA including governments, religions, law enforcement groups, or medical and psychiatric associations.
Narcotics Anonymous offers recovery to addicts around the world. We focus on the disease of addiction rather than any particular drug. Our message is broad enough to attract addicts from any social class or nationality. When new members come to meetings, our sole interest is in their desire for freedom from active addiction and how we can be of help.
Our program of recovery begins with abstinence from all drugs, including alcohol. Sometimes people come to NA meetings while still using drugs, detoxing from drugs, or on drug replacement therapy. Regardless of what you may be taking when you first come to NA, you are welcome.
Narcotics Anonymous is an international, community based association of recovering drug addicts with nearly 67,000 meetings in 139 countries worldwide. There are currently weekly meetings across Ireland.
The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop using.
October 7th 2019 marked the 40th anniversary since the first NA meeting was held in the old Rutland Centre in Clondalkin, Dublin. While other meetings had taken place sporadically before then, from the 7th October 1979 onwards there have continually been NA meetings in Ireland.