About NA and the "WE" of the program
Resources for the Public
Trying NA: Where to Begin...
N.A. is a non-profit, non-professional fellowship of addicts helping addicts. It costs nothing to belong. Anyone who feels they may have a problem with drugs is welcome, regardless of the drug. Someone new to our fellowship may call us on our helplines (listed under "Member Areas" above), or simply attend a meeting (listed under "Member Areas and then specific Area where you are located). "Open" meetings welcome non-addicts who may attend and observe. "Closed" meetings are only for those looking at their own drug problem. Call us, or just walk into a meeting. We were all new to this once too, so we know how that feels, and will welcome you with respect. As our literature says, "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."
Referring Someone to NA
As stated immediately above, anyone may simply walk into an NA meeting and begin listening to the sharing, so giving clients a list of meetings from our search engine above and having them try a meeting is always a simple option. They should be encouraged to identify themselves as new when given that option, so NA members can introduce themselves and offer their support. They may also call one of our local help lines. For a list of those numbers, click "Member Areas" above, and then click an Area to be taken to their website for your referral's location. Phone numbers are listed there.
Professionals who wish to discuss a relationship of cooperation between themselves and NA in more detail you can send an email to KRSCNA Public Relations Provide contact information, and you will be contacted by our Public Relations committee, an all-volunteer group of local members whose purpose is to forge just such relationship
What is a meeting?
In its simplest form, a meeting is just two or more addicts getting together to share their recovery. Usually, however, a meeting is more formalized - meeting at a regular place and time, with a standardized set of readings of official NA literature, and usually a set format for the meeting.
What is a NA?
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a "nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem". Narcotics Anonymous is a 12-step program helping the addict recover..
What does the KRSCNA regional committee do?
Kentuckiana Regional Service Committee
The Kentuckiana Region is composed of Narcotics Anonymous Groups and Areas in Southern Indiana and Central to southwestern Kentucky. The KRSCNA was created to serve the needs of the Areas within its boundaries. It provides, coordinates, and develops services on behalf of the member Areas.
The Kentuckiana Regional Service committee is composed of the Regional Committee Members (RCM) of the member Areas as well as the elected Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, standing subcommittee chairpersons, Regional Delegate (RD) and Regional Delegate Alternate (RDA)
A little NA History
Most of us know that Narcotics Anonymous was formed in 1953. But where did it come from? Who was Jimmy K. and why do people have bumper stickers saying he is their friend? Unfortunately, there are no books about our history like some other fellowships have.
What is our story?
A.A. was the first 12-step program, and through it many with drug and drinking problems found sobriety. The 4th Tradition gives each AA group the autonomy to include or exclude non-alcoholic addicts from closed meetings - where only those with an expressed desire to quit drinking may attend. At open AA meetings non-alcoholics are welcome. As early as 1944 AA's co-founder Bill Wilson discussed a separate fellowship for drug addicts. In 1947 NARCO (also called Addicts Anonymous) met weekly at the U.S. Public Health Service's treatment center inside Lexington, Kentucky federal prison. In 1948 a NARCO member started a short short lived fellowship also called "Narcotics Anonymous" in the New York Prison System in New York City. Elsewhere in Fort Worth, Texas and Lorton, Virginia, and California other 12 Step fellowships of recovering drug addicts sprung up, and like those already mentioned, they were never officially a part of NA formation or development. Read more.......