The first Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meeting took place near Los Angeles, California, in 1953, with support from the Alcoholics Anonymous movement. NA meetings follow a format similar to that of AA meetings and rely on 12-step principles. While AA is designed specifically for people with alcoholism, NA deals with all types of addictive psychoactive drugs, alcohol included.
The only requirement for a person to become a member of NA is the desire to overcome substance use disorder. NA groups don’t make a distinction between any type of drug, including alcohol. They also recognize that polysubstance dependence is common for the majority of people struggling with addiction.