Abstinence and membership are not synonymous terms. Membership is based on a desire to stop using, not abstinence itself. Our program of recovery begins with abstinence from all drugs, including alcohol. Sometimes people come to NA meetings while still using drugs, detoxing from drugs, or on drug replacement therapy. Regardless of what you may be taking when you first come to NA, you are welcome. Some NA meetings make no distinction as to whether those receiving medication to treat addiction may share in a meeting, while other NA meetings limit the participation of those who are taking this type of medication. Each group is free to make its own decision on recovery meeting participation and involvement in group services for those receiving medication assistance for drug addiction.
Source: NA World Services, Inc. (2016). Narcotics Anonymous and Persons Receiving Medication-Assisted Treatment [Brochure]. Chatsworth, California – CA.