What is the difference between AA and NA?

How do AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and NA (Narcotics Anonymous) programs differ?

asked 29 Mar '12, 13:44

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Drug Addiction

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is designed for the treatment of drug addiction. Drug addicts sometimes attend AA as well.



Many people need group-help programs like AA to help manage their addictions to alcohol.


Drug Treatment

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a common drug treatment method meant to extend throughout later recovery.


Addiction Treatment

Group-help programs like AA and NA are designed to help people manage their addictions.


Alcohol Treatment

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is designed specifically for the treatment of alcohol addiction, though drug addicts often benefit from the program as well.

Well...one is for the treatment of Alcoholism and one is for the treatment of Drug Addiction. Are you referring to differences in their regiments? Style? Approach? Because I think they are almost identical past the substance focus.


answered 06 Jun '12, 14:35

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Here's an interesting comparison:

(N.A.) Step 1: "We admitted we were powerless over our addiction, that our lives had become unmanageable."


(A.A.) Step 1: "We admitted we were powerless over alcohol, that our lives had become unmanageable."

If the only difference in N.A and A.A. was substance (Narcotics vs Alcohol, like this guy says), then the first step in N.A. would read something like, "We admitted we were powerless over narcotics, that our lives had become unmanageable." Instead, we find that N.A. has a more internal, behavioral focus, "our addiction", rather than isolating an external substance, like A.A. does with "alcohol".


answered 06 Jun '12, 18:14

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