Shenandoah Valley Area of Narcotics Anonymous
Shenandoah Valley Area of Narcotics Anonymous
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Information for Professionals

Narcotics Anonymous is a global, community-based organization with a multi-lingual and multicultural membership. NA was founded in 1953, and our membership growth was minimal during our initial twenty years as an organization. Since the publication of our Basic Text in 1983, the number of members and meetings has increased dramatically. Today, NA members hold more than 63,000 meetings weekly in 132 countries. 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. Through all of our service efforts and our cooperation with others seeking to help addicts, we strive to reach a day when every addict in the world has an opportunity to experience our message of recovery in his or her own language and culture. 

In order to meet the influx of new members young and old, the NA fellowship has developed literature targeted to help new members understand and identify with the NA program. Please see the below links to literature that may be relevant for your clients’ needs.

 

Courts, correctional institutions, and treatment facilities refer many potential new members to us. Our aim is to cooperate with such agencies, without affiliating NA or endorsing other efforts. Our pamphlet Introduction to NA Meetings may help referred persons to understand our Traditions and customs. We also present Newcomer Orientation talks in facilities and institutions with intent of making our meetings familiar and attractive to potential members.