For Professionals/Public


"The better and broader our public relations, the better we will be able to serve."
...It Works How and Why pg 207 (Tradition Eleven)

What is Narcotics Anonymous?

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 more than 43,900 meetings weekly in 130 countries and we speak 65 different languages. We offer recovery from the effects of addiction through working a twelve-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings. The group atmosphere provides help from peers and offers an ongoing support network for addicts who wish to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle.

Our name, Narcotics Anonymous, is not meant to imply a focus on any particular drug; NA's approach makes no distinction between drugs including alcohol. Membership is free, and we have no affiliation with any organizations outside of NA including governments, religions, law enforcement groups, or medical and psychiatric associations. 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 an opportunity to experience our message of recovery in his or her own language and culture.

Accessing resources

The most common requests we receive from professionals are for:
  • Presentations about the Narcotics Anonymous program
  • General requests
  • In-house Narcotics Anonymous meeting requests by facilities where attendees are restricted from attending outside meetings on their own
  • Literature requests
The Peninsula Area of Narcotics Anonymous will review form submissions and a member of our organization will contact you shortly in response to your request/inquiry. Every effort will be made to fulfill requests, however it will be based on meeting certain criteria and the availability of resources.


Presentations or General Requests

Contact the Public Relations Committee to:

Meeting or Literature Requests

Contact the Hospitals and Institution Committee to:
  • Provide Narcotics Anonymous meeting in your facility if you meet certain criteria and based upon the resources we have available (Meeting Request)
  • Provide literature (Literature request)

HELPLINE: 650-802-5950