WHAT IS NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS?

N.A. is a non-profit 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.

Anyone may join us regardless of age, race, sexual identity, creed, religion or lack of religion. NA is not affiliated with any outside organization. We have a policy of co-operation not affiliation. We attempt to be helpful with other organizations, fellowships, and agencies within the guidelines of our Traditions

Narcotics Anonymous is an international, community-based association of recovering drug addicts with more than 61,800 weekly meetings in over 129 countries worldwide.

Development
Narcotics Anonymous sprang from the Alcoholics Anonymous Program of the late 1940s, with meetings first emerging in the Los Angeles area of California, USA , in the early Fifties. The NA program started as a small US movement that has grown into one of the world's oldest and largest 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. In 1983, Narcotics Anonymous published its self-titled Basic Text book, which contributed to tremendous growth. Within a few years, groups had formed in Brazil , Colombia , Germany , India , the Irish Republic, Japan , New Zealand , and the United Kingdom .

Today, Narcotics Anonymous is well established throughout much of the Americas , Western Europe, Australia , and New Zealand . Newly formed groups and NA communities are now scattered throughout the Indian subcontinent, Africa, East Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. (As a point of interest one of the fastest growing regions in the world at the present time is Iran .) Narcotics Anonymous books and information pamphlets are currently available in many languages, with translations in process for more.

In Wyoming, Narcotics Anonymous meetings began in the early 1980's in Casper and Gillette spreading eventually throughout the state. Wyoming was once part of the Upper Rocky Mountain Regional service committee and included the states of Montana, Nebraska, Colorado and South Dakota. In the early 90's Montana and South Dakota formed their own regions and Wyoming with the south western portion of Nebraska became the most current Upper Rocky Mountain Region.

Currently in Wyoming and south western Nebraska, there are over 100 meetings a week in 21 cities and towns. We have five Area Service Committees, one in each corner of the state and one central in Casper serving the groups within their geographical locations and a regional service committee that serves our five areas.

WHO ATTENDS NA MEETINGS

Membership demographics
To offer some general informal observations about the nature of the membership and the effectiveness of the program the following observations are believed to be reasonably accurate.

The socioeconomic strata represented by the NA membership vary from country to country. Members of one particular social or economic class start most national NA movements, but as their outreach activities become more effective, the membership becomes more broadly representative of all socioeconomic backgrounds.

All ethnic and religious backgrounds are represented among NA members. Once a national movement reaches a certain level of maturity, its membership generally reflects the diversity or homogeneity of the background culture.

Membership in Narcotics Anonymous is voluntary; no attendance records are kept either for NA's own purposes or for others. Because of this, it is sometimes difficult to provide interested parties with comprehensive information about NA membership. There are, however, some objective measures that can be shared based on data obtained from members attending one of our world conventions; the diversity of our membership, especially ethnic background, seems to be representative of the geographic location of the survey. The following demographic information was revealed in a survey returned by attendees at the 2011 NA World Convention held in San Diego, California:

· Gender: 53% male, 47% female.

·      Age: 2% 20 years; old and under, 13% 21 to 30 years old, 19% 31 to 40 years old, 32% 41 to 50 years old, 27% 51 to 60 years old, and 7% over 60 years old.

·      Ethnicity: 74% Caucasian, 11% African-American, 8% Hispanic, and 7% other.

·      Employment status: 61% employed full-time, 10% employed part-time, 11% unemployed, 8% retired, 3% homemakers, and 7% students.

·      Continuous abstinence/recovery: ranged from less than one year up to 40 years, with a mean average of 10.87 years.

In Narcotics Anonymous, members are encouraged to comply with complete abstinence from all drugs including alcohol. It has been the experience of NA members that complete and continuous abstinence provides the best foundation for recovery and personal growth. NA as a whole has no opinion on outside issues, including prescribed medications. Use of psychiatric medication and other medically indicated drugs prescribed by a physician and taken under medical supervision is not seen as compromising a person's recovery in NA.

Rate of growth
Because no attendance records are kept, it is difficult to estimate what percentages of those who come to Narcotics Anonymous remain active in NA over time. The only sure indicator of the program's success is the rapid growth in the number of registered Narcotics Anonymous meetings in recent decades and the rapid spread of Narcotics Anonymous outside North America.

         In 1978, there were fewer than 200 registered groups in three countries.

        In 1983, more than a dozen countries had 2,966 meetings.

        In 1993, 60 countries had over 13,000 groups holding over 19,000 meetings.

        In 2002, 108 countries had 20,000 groups holding over 30,000 meetings.

       In 2005, there are over 21,500 registered groups holding over 33,500 weekly meetings.

     In 2012, there are over 61,800 weekly meetings in 129 countries speaking 41 languages.

 

To contact us: Wyoming Western Area, PO Box 445, Evanston, WY 82931-0445 or email

Next Area Business Meeting:

The next Wyoming Western Area business meeting will be February 25th, in Pinedale at 524 W. Pine, at 1PM. Workshop prior to the business meeting starts at 10AM for all interested