About Narcotics Anonymous

When did Narcotics Anonymous start in South Africa?

Narcotics Anonymous had its first meetings in South Africa in the mid 1980’s – research indicates Chatsworth in Kwa-Zulu Natal and Hillbrow (Johannesburg) held the first NA meetings in very close sucession. Observatory (Western Cape) followed soon after. These meetings were typically small, and without much literature and support.

With the growth of fellowship in the 1990’s, Narcotics Anonymous SA saw regular meetings attendance, and offered more than one meeting a week in the aforementioned cities. This has subsequently grown to approximately 380 face-to-face meetings held weekly throughout South Africa.

Narcotics Anonymous Across the World Today

NA 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 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 nearly 67,000 meetings weekly in 139 countries.

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 the opportunity to experience our message of recovery in his or her own language and culture.