This article was first published on September 5, 2022. It was last edited or updated on September 5, 2022.
The information below is provided for general educational purposes only. It should not be taken to imply endorsement of any of these organizations by Simple and Practical Medical Education, LLC, or Rajnish Mago, MD.
Also, the organizations below are listed in no particular order.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is the largest 12-step program for alcoholism in the world.
From their website:
“A.A. has been helping alcoholics recover for more than 80 years. A.A.’s program of recovery is built on the simple foundation of one alcoholic sharing with another.”
“A.A. is an enduring program of recovery based on one alcoholic sharing their experience, strength and hope with another.”
“For more than 80 years, A.A. has helped millions recover from alcoholism – to get sober and stay sober.”
“A.A. costs nothing and is supported through member contributions, so there are no dues or fees for A.A. membership.”
Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
From their website:
“Narcotics Anonymous is a global, community-based organization with a multi-lingual and multicultural membership. NA was founded in 1953…. Since the publication of our Basic Text in 1983, the number of members and meetings has increased dramatically. Today, NA members hold nearly 76,000 meetings weekly in 143 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.”
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