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Dawn Farm Addiction and Recovery Education Series

Jul 16, 2016

“The History of Narcotics Anonymous” was presented on March 22, 2016, by Chris Budnick, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS, Vice President of Programs for The Healing Place of Wake County; and Boyd Pickard, Research Assistant at the Illinois Addiction Studies Archives. Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.) constitutes one of the most important addiction recovery mutual aid resources.  Founded in the culturally hostile environment of the 1950s, NA now carries its message of hope at more than 63,000 weekly meetings in 132 countries, while NA’s unique history, culture, and distinctiveness are routinely obscured within references to “A.A. and other Twelve Step programs.”  This presentation will review the history of NA, with a particular emphasis on the role members of Alcoholics Anonymous played in the birth and early evolution of N.A. Join these eminent NA historians to learn about the legislation that led to the criminalization of addiction in the U.S., the unique contributions Narcotics Anonymous has made and the scope of NA today.

This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series, a FREE, annual education series developed to provide accurate, helpful, hopeful, practical, current information about chemical dependency, recovery, family and related issues.  The Education Series is organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit community of programs providing a continuum of chemical dependency services. For information, please see