NA History

History of the Community of Anonymous Drug Addicts

NA was born from the Alcoholics Anonymous program in the late 1940s. The first myths appeared in Los Angeles, California (USA), in the early 1950s. The Anonymous Drug Addicts program initially developed as a small American movement that has grown into the largest and oldest organization of its kind.

For many years, NA has grown very slowly, gradually spreading from Los Angeles to other major cities in North America, and in the early 1970s also Australia. In 1983, NA published its own text, the so-called Basic Text, which accelerated development. Over the next few years, groups were formed in Brazil, Colombia, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Today, the Community of Anonymous Drug Addicts is stable in America, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Newly formed NA groups are scattered across the Indian subcontinent, Africa, East Asia, Central and Eastern and Eastern Europe. The literature and information brochures of Anonymous Drug addicts are now available in 23 languages, translating for the next 16."

To emphasize unity with the global narcotics anonymous movement, Anonymous Drug Addicts in Poland use the abbreviation "NA" and not "AN"

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