What Is the Narcotics 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.
We are not interested in what or how much you used or who your connections were, what you have done in the past, how much or how little you have, but only in what you want to do about your problem and how we can help. The newcomer is the most important person at any meeting, because we can only keep what we have by giving it away. We have learned from our group experience that those who keep coming to our meetings regularly stay clean.
Additional information about NA:
- Welcome to NA (IP #22)
- For the Newcomer (IP #16)
- Introduction to NA Meetings (IP #29)
- All NA informational pamphlets (IPs) and booklets in a variety of languages
- NA: A Resource in Your Community
- Information about NA
- NA Membership Survey (2018)
- Narcotics Anonymous and Persons Receiving Medication-Assisted Treatment
- For the Parents or Guardians of Young People in NA (IP #27)
What is the West End Area of NA?
The West End Area Service Committee of Narcotics Anonymous (WEASC) was formed in 1990 to provide services and assist its member NA groups within the framework of the Twelve Traditions, Twelve Concepts, and A Guide to Local Services in Narcotics Anonymous. The mission of the WEASC is to provide an opportunity for groups to come together to feel part of the greater whole and to pool their resources to better achieve their primary purpose. The WEASC is directly responsible to its member groups and provides whatever services those groups deem necessary or helpful in carrying the message of recovery.
The West End Area serves NA groups in the west end of the San Fernando Valley, north of Los Angeles (generally from Reseda Blvd. to Malibu, including: Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Northridge, Topanga Canyon, West Hills, Woodland Hills, and adjacent communities. Groups belong to the WEASC according to their decision, not geographic borders, though most groups are geographically located in the west end of the San Fernando Valley, north of Los Angeles. The West End Area is a member of the Southern California Region of NA, which is a member region of the Western States Zonal Forum.