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Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is an international peer-support mutual-help organization (MHO) comprising men and women who have an addiction to drugs. It began in the 1950s in the United States to help individuals initiate and support long-term recovery from substance use disorder. Although the emphasis in NA is on drugs other than alcohol (for which the MHO Alcoholics Anonymous [AA] was founded in 1935), NA emphasizes abstinence from all substances including alcohol because of the risks of developing a cross-addiction to alcohol and the ability of alcohol to acutely impair judgment and disinhibit individuals, which can increase the risk of relapse with individuals’ primary drug of use (e.g., heroin). NA is based on the same twelve-step program as its forerunner, AA. The only difference is ...

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