Narcotics Anonymous is a global, community-based organization with a multilingual and multicultural membership.
Narcotics Anonymous sprang from the Alcoholics Anonymous Program of the late 1940s, with NA meetings first emerging in the Los Angeles area of California, USA, in the early 1950s. Since the publication of the basic text in 1983, the number of members and meetings has increased dramatically. Today the organization is truly a worldwide fellowship with more than 61,800 weekly meetings in 129 countries.
Narcotics Anonymous offers 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.
The name, Narcotics Anonymous, is not meant to imply a focus on any particular drug: NA’s approach makes no distinction between drugs. Membership is free, there are no restrictions and there is no affiliation with any organization outside of NA including government, law enforcement groups or medical and psychiatric associations. Through all the service efforts and cooperation with others seeking to help addicts, NA strives to reach a day when every addict in the world has an opportunity to experience a message of recovery.
A Narcotics Anonymous Group has been meeting regularly at St. Patrick for a number of years on Fridays from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM in Barry Hall. We have recently added a meeting on Saturdays 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm. We strive to create an environment where NA members are in a clean, comfortable and safe place. Over the years literally thousands of addicts have attended this meetings and benefitted from the NA message of recovery from active addiction.