Abstinence From Drugs of Abuse in Community-Based Members of Narcotics Anonymous
Objective: Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is an abstinence-based fellowship with more than 58,000 groups worldwide. There has, however, been little research reported on its members. This study was designed to clarify the nature of the participants in NA who are primarily abstinent, long-term members.
Method: A protocol was implemented to survey members at 10 NA group meetings in three different US states, through the cooperation of the NA World Service Office. A 51-item self-administered questionnaire, addressing key aspects of substance use and recovery, was anonymously completed by 396 respondents.
- Respondents were 71.5% male;
- the mean age was 38.1 years;
- 68.2% were White; and
- the principal drug problems comprised
- cocaine (28.5%),
- heroin (27.5%),
- other opiates (13.4%),
- methamphetamine (12.9%),
- alcohol (8.6%),
- marijuana (6.6%), and
- other stimulants (2.5%).
Conclusions: NA offers support for long-term abstinence from diverse misuse of drugs among users of different backgrounds.
(Marc Galanter, Helen Dermatis, Stephen Post, Courtney Santucci;
J. Stud. Alcohol Drugs, 74, 349–352, 2013)