What is the Narcotic Anonymous Program?

NA is a nonprofit Fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs. There is only one requirement for membership, the desire to stop using. We suggest that you keep an open mind and give yourself a break. Our program is a set of principles written so simply that we can follow them in our daily lives. The most important thing about them is that they work. There are no strings attached to NA. We are not affiliated with any other organizations, we have no initiation fees or dues, no pledges to sign, no promises to make to anyone. We are not connected with any political, religious or law enforcement groups, and are under no surveillance at any time. Anyone may join us, regardless of age, race, sexual identity, creed, religion or lack of religion.

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 and Online meetings held weekly throughout South Africa.