“When all is said and done, our primary purpose can
only be to carry the message to the addict
who still suffers…”
Basic Text, Page 55
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. Today1, NA members hold more than 43,900 meetings weekly in 127 countries. 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.
In keeping with our primary purpose, Narcotics Anonymous is always interested in working with civic and business leaders, health care professionals, educators, clergy, and others in the community in spreading our message of hope.
Narcotics Anonymous in the Sun City Area consists of 13 homegroups, which sponsor approximately 43 meetings per week in 14 locations in Horry, Georgetown, Florence and Brunswick counties. The Sun City Area Service Committee has two subcommittees that are designed specifically to provide information and services to the community:
Public Relations Subcommittee – provides information about recovery through the NA Fellowship. Additionally, NA members are often available to make panel presentations in educational facilities, treatment centers and correctional facilities as well as other public venues.
Hospitals and Institutions Subcommittee – carries the NA message of recovery to addicts who do not have full access to regular NA meetings. Meetings and/or presentations are provided to hospitals, jails, addiction treatment facilities, detox centers and other various institutions.