Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is delighted to be having a stall at this year’s Napo AGM. NA works closely with probation and prison services throughout the UK. We hope you will drop by to discuss what we can offer.
Narcotics Anonymous is what is now referred to by government departments as a Mutual Aid organisation. We help addicts to stop taking drugs, get well and change the quality of their lives.
NA started in America in 1953 and came to Britain in 1980. Today NA exists in approximately 139 countries worldwide with over 59,900 groups holding weekly meetings. In the UK, we have over 1100 meetings a week, including meetings in numerous rehabs, detoxes and approximately 30 prisons. We are experiencing rapid worldwide growth with around 10,000 new meetings opening every year.
We are independent and neither a government nor a social services body. We are not addiction professionals, nor do we claim to be. We don’t offer counselling, detoxes or advice. NA works simply through members sharing their experience of what has worked for them and by working the 12 Steps.
Our members are totally abstinent from all drugs and alcohol although anyone with “a desire to stop using” is welcome. Some of our members got clean from drugs simply by attending meetings, finding support and inspiration from other NA members’ experience and encouragement. Some came after being introduced to NA in detoxes, rehabs or treatment centres. Some came across NA while in prison, or being required to attend because of a court, or, probation order.
We are not concerned about how or why addicts initially attend NA meetings. We believe that the therapeutic value of one addict helping another is unparalleled. At a NA meeting everyone is equal and welcome. The newcomer is the most important person at any meeting.
Attending meetings is completely free of charge. NA is entirely self-supporting, funded only by members’ donations as and when they choose to contribute.
Public Health England (PHE) recommends to professionals working with addicts to encourage their clients to attend NA meetings. PHE research has shown that those who attend NA meetings are less prone to relapse and therefore, less likely to reoffend.
NA in the West Midlands has been working closely with the local probation service to set up a “chit system” whereby clients of probation services are obliged to attend a certain number of weekly NA meetings where their attendance will be signed off by the meeting secretary. Various chit systems have been running at some NA meetings in the UK for nearly a decade. This is similar to a system being used in America which has been proved to be very helpful in getting offenders off drugs and into recovery.
If you miss us at the AGM, we can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website www.ukna.org Please let us know if you would like us to organise a special presentation to your staff to let you know how we can help in your area.