History of NA

When did NA start in Arizona?

NA history in Arizona started sometime in the 1970s. At World Convention of NA in 1976, Arizona listed twelve meetings. After the Basic Text was published in the 1980s, the growth overall of the Narcotics Anonymous fellowship took off, and Arizona had grown enough to send delegate to participate in the World Service Committee 9 (WSC-9 April 23, 1984).

Today we have over 500 meetings in Arizona. We are working on a project to gather and record the history of NA throughout the Arizona region.

NA World Wide

Narcotics Anonymous sprang from the Alcoholics Anonymous Program of the late 1940s, with NA meetings first emerging in the Los Angeles area of California, USA, in the early 1950s. The NA program started as a small US organization that has grown into one of the world’s oldest and largest international organizations of its type. For many years, NA grew very slowly, spreading from Los Angeles to other major North American cities and Australia in the early 1970s. Within a few years, groups had formed in Brazil, Colombia, Germany, India, the Irish Republic, Japan, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. 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 the organization is truly a world- wide multilingual multicultural fellowship with more than 61,800 weekly meetings in 129 countries. Narcotics Anonymous books and information pamphlets are currently available in 41 languages, with translations in process for 16 languages.