For Professionals and Loved Ones

We strive to have open communication with professionals in the addiction field, clergy, medical and correctional/criminal justice fields. This page will give you a sense of what NA does, our international fellowship and how we would like to cooperate with you.​

Narcotics Anonymous is a global, community-based organization with a multi-lingual and multicultural membership. NA was founded in 1953, and our membership growth was minimal during our initial twenty years as an organization. Since the publication of our Basic Text in 1983, the number of members and meetings has increased dramatically.  Today,  NA members hold nearly 67,000 meetings weekly in 139 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. Through all of our service efforts and our cooperation with others seeking to help addicts, we strive to reach a day when every addict in the world has an opportunity to experience our message of recovery in his or her own language and culture.

We are a group of addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. We have found a simple and effective method of recovery from the disease of addiction. As a world wide program of recovery we are present in 139 countries and hold approximately 70,000 meetings a week.

The Borderline Area of Narcotics Anonymous service committee maintains this website, the collective meeting directory for meetings in the south-east Charlotte area including Matthews, Monroe, Waxhaw, Fort Mill, and more.  To contact us, please email 

The Borderline area is part of the Carolina Region of Narcotics Anonymous. They provide support to their member area’s public relations efforts, act as a conduit of communication between the public (people who might think they have a drug problem & those looking for help), professionals in the addiction and medical fields, public health professionals, Departments of Corrections and more. If you would like to have contact with the Carolina Region, please email or – they will be glad to offer additional information regarding NA to you.

Some groups use carefully planned open meetings, particularly open speaker meetings, as an opportunity to let members of the community-at-large see for themselves what Narcotics Anonymous is all about and ask questions.

Open” NA meetings are just that—open to anyone who wants to attend. Please check our meeting directory. Open meeting are normally designated as (O). Some groups have open meetings once a month to allow non-addict friends and relatives of NA members to celebrate recovery anniversaries with them. Groups that have open meetings may structure their format in such a way that opportunities for participation by non-addicts are limited only to short birthday or anniversary presentations. Such a format allows the meeting to retain its focus on recovery shared one addict to another. It should be made clear during the meeting that NA groups do not accept monetary contributions from non-addicts.

Closed” NA meetings are only for addicts or those who think they might have a drug problem. Closed meetings provide an atmosphere in which addicts can feel more certain that those attending will be able to identify with them. Newcomers may feel more comfortable at a closed meeting for the same reason. At the beginning of a closed meeting, the leader or chairperson often reads a statement explaining why the meeting is closed and offering to direct non-addicts who may be attending to an open meeting.

If you are attending as a guest, some things to keep in mind:

  1. Please do not contribute financially to the group, as we do not accept outside contributions
  2. Please introduce yourself as a visitor but please refrain from sharing and ask questions before or after the meeting
  3. Please respect our tradition of anonymity and confidentiality. Refrain from taking full-face photographs, from using members’ last names, or personal details when describing the meeting to others
  4. Please take some free literature and visit the resources below!

Welcome! There is free literature and schedules available for your loved one. Please feel free to ask questions before or after the meeting. Also, keep in mind there are other 12-step programs for the family and friends of addicts as well.

Welcome! You may be here for yourself, a family member or friend, or just interested in our Fellowship. We do suggest that you not wear a uniform (if possible), to not call attention to yourself, to preserve your anonymity, and to preserve the anonymity of our members. There is free literature available and please feel free to ask questions after the meeting. If your department would like to set up a meeting with our local Public Relations committee please email: 

Welcome! There is free literature available at meetings and at and please feel free to ask questions. If your group would like to set up a meeting with our local Public Relations committee please email:

For More information about Narcotics Anonymous as a whole:

  1. Visit
  2. There is also free literature available at open meetings

For More information about NA locally:

  1. Carolinas: Visit
  2. In N.C. (South Charlotte, Weddington, Waxhaw, Monroe) and in S.C. (parts of Fort Mill and Rock Hill) Please contact the Borderline Area NA Public Relations sub-committee at:
  3. Open meetings found on this site

Additional Resources:

Welcome to Narcotics Anonymous. Our message is hope and a promise of freedom.