History of Narcotics Anonymous
NA meetings emerged in the Los Angeles, California area in the early 1950’s. The NA program started as a small US Fellowship that has grown into one of the world’s oldest and largest international organizations of its type. In 1983, Narcotics Anonymous published its self-titled Basic Text book, which contributed to NA’s tremendous growth; by year’s end, NA had grown to have a presence in more than a dozen countries and had 2,966 meetings worldwide. Today, Narcotics Anonymous is well established throughout much of North and South America, Western Europe, Australia, the Middle East, New Zealand and Eastern Europe. Newly formed groups and NA communities can be found scattered throughout the Indian subcontinent, Africa, and East Asia. Narcotics Anonymous is truly a worldwide multilingual, multicultural fellowship with Narcotics Anonymous literature currently available in 50 languages.Today there are 67,000 meetings in 139 countries.