West Wellbeing Suicide Prevention

West Wellbeing are a suicide prevention & intervention charity operating in Belfast, providing care and support to those affected by poor mental health.   Services

West Armagh Consortium

West Armagh Consortium are an umbrella group for community based support and activities in Armagh.   Services Cultural Festivals Promotion of the Irish Language Armagh

Angel Eyes NI

Angel Eyes NI is a charity supporting blind and visually impaired children and young people throughout Northern Ireland. We are a solution focussed charity. Our

Newry SureStart

Newry SureStart aims to provide a central point for children’s services/programmes within the area, providing FREE support to families from the antenatal stage to when

What is Narcotics Anonymous?

How can Narcotics Anonymous help me?  

Narcotics Anonymous is a non-profit fellowship of recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean.  There is only one requirement for membership: the desire to stop using.

What kind of experience can I expect through your support process?

There are no ‘professionals’ in Narcotics Anonymous. Everyone at an NA meeting is more or less like you.  We are all recovering addicts.  We have found that in our experience there is nothing quite like one addict helping another.  As we say in NA: “the therapeutic value of one addict helping another is without parallel”.

What can I expect from a meeting?

Whether in an online or physical meeting, we suggest that you get to the meeting in good time. Getting there early is giving yourself the ability to settle before the meeting starts. It is also suggested that you let the secretary know when it’s your first meeting, as it gives them the ability to recognise you as a newcomer.  You might notice that some of the meetings are held in church halls, community centres and places similar to this.  However NA is in no way connected with these facilities beyond the fact that we pay them rent for the rooms where the meetings are held.  Meetings are usually structured around the Narcotics Anonymous literature, and recovering addicts sharing their experience, strength and hope around working the program in their lives.

Quote text: Narcotics Anonymous is a non-profit fellowship of recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean.  There is only one requirement for membership: the desire to stop using.

If I wanted to join a meeting, would I have to pay?

There is no required fee – Narcotics Anonymous is a 12 step fellowship that is fully self-supporting through our own contributions. 

How do I find out about the meetings in my area and how do I sign-up to join one

The meetings are all listed on the Narcotic Anonymous website: 

How often do you hold meetings?

This will depend on where you live. All NA meetings can be found on the Narcotics Anonymous website: 

Do I get personal support during the process or is it mainly group support?

The support is in the form of group meetings, which are closed meetings available to people who have problems with drugs, that want a new way to live.

Are there any waitlists?


Share this post

Leave a Reply

Join the Conversation

If you have a story to tell or guidance to give as a professional, join the conversation in making mental health a topic we can talk about together.

Ask a Question

Do you have a question and you don’t know who to ask? ASK US! You can ask your question anonymously! We’ll write our reply as our next blog post.


title image

10 Self Care Tips for Men

As a counsellor I spend time exploring with guys what self-help might look like and especially practical tools that can be used daily. Below are

We all experience grief differently

There is an expectation that reacting to loss and grief should be universal, but learning to accept how we process and manage grief individually is really important.

Dealing with Conflict in Relationships

Even strong and healthy relationships, face conflict from time to time, Lillian Neill explains how negative patterns of communication can impact finding resolutions to conflict.

Why can’t I access CBT if I have complex PTSD?

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) can be accessed by someone with Complex post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but other modes of therapy might be more helpful depending on your individual circumstances.