Addiction: A National EpidemicThere are no requirements for NA membership. Narcotics Anonymous is completely free to participate in. Donations are accepted but it is not a requirement. There are also no prohibitions on membership based on societal factors, meaning that anyone is allowed to be a member regardless of their race, ethnicity, religious or political affiliations, sexual orientation or sexually identity, economic status, or drug of choice. Anybody who is living with the disease of addiction or simply just believes he or she may have a problem with drugs is welcome to join and attend meetings.

The only thing that will ever be asked of members is to participate in service of some kind. Service is the cornerstone of NA and is the heartbeat of the program. NA is completely self-supporting and does not accept outside contributions. This means Narcotics Anonymous does not have “employees” and meetings are financed entirely on donations from members. This is means that anyone working in NA is working of their own volition. Any money that is collected in meetings goes directly to anything that may be needed to run the meeting such as paying rent and buying meeting supplies. Service can be anything from sponsoring a new member or just making the coffee for the meeting. Services helps to keep NA members participating in their own recovery, to keep groups up and running, and also to keep outside groups or organizations from interfering with the NA message of recovery.

Narcotics Anonymous has proven itself to be one of the longest lasting and most effective institutions for combating drug addiction. It is the second largest 12 step organization after Alcoholics Anonymous and continues to grow daily. It’s reputation as a mode of recovery insures that it will have a long-lasting presence in the field of recovery and drug addiction for years to come.

For more information about Narcotics Anonymous or to find meetings in or outside of Long Island, please visit www.na.org