The History of Narcotics Anonymous

The History of Narcotics Anonymous

(presentation date March 22, 2016)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Twelve Step recovery programs have demonstrated efficacy in reducing alcohol/other drug use and establishing sustained sobriety among participants, and Twelve Step Facilitation is acknowledged as an evidence based treatment by SAMHSA. Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) stands as the benchmark by which other addiction recovery mutual aid societies are often measured. Although Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.) was one of the earliest adaptations of the A.A. program and currently constitutes one of the most important addiction recovery mutual aid resources, N.A. remains less well-known among addiction professionals. Founded in the culturally hostile environment of the 1950s, N.A. now carries its message of hope at more than 67,000 weekly meetings in 132 countries, while N.A.’s unique history, culture, and distinctiveness are routinely obscured within references to “A.A. and other Twelve Step programs.” An understanding of the roots of the N.A. program will assist addiction professionals to (a) help clients become connected with N.A, and (b) integrate N.A. participation with professional care. This course will review the history of N.A., with a particular emphasis on the role members of Alcoholics Anonymous played in the birth and early evolution of N.A.

GOALS

Goals of this presentation are to:

  • Review the rise of addiction in the United States and legislative responses that criminalized people with drug use disorders.
  • Explore the role members of Alcoholics Anonymous played in the development of Narcotics Anonymous
  • Summarize the hostile soil in which addiction mutual aid fellowships in the U.S. took root.
  • Discuss the unique contributions of Narcotics Anonymous within the larger history of addiction recovery mutual aid fellowships.

OBJECTIVES

After completing this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the initial legislation that led to the criminalization of addiction in the U.S.
  • List and discuss three or more seminal events in the time line of the historical development of Narcotics Anonymous’.
  • Discuss the unique contributions Narcotics Anonymous has made to recovery from substance use disorders.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

Chris Budnick, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS, President, The Healing Place of Wake County; and Boyd Pickard, Research Assistant at the Illinois Addiction Studies Archives.

This course was developed and is presented 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.

Chris Budnick is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist. He is the Vice President of Programs for The Healing Place of Wake County, a non-profit 501(c)(3) recovery and rehabilitation facility for homeless people with alcohol and drug dependency, located in Raleigh, NC. He is also an Adjunct Faculty member with the North Carolina State University Department of Social Work, founding Board Member of Recovery Communities of North Carolina, Inc., Recovery Africa Board Member and North Carolina Lawyer Assistance Program Board Member. Chris Budnick is a co-author (with William White and Boyd Pickard) of several papers chronicling the history and culture of Narcotics Anonymous (posted at www.williamwhitepapers.com.)

Boyd Pickard is a Research Assistant at the Illinois Addiction Studies Archives, which is committed to providing an exceptional resource to addiction professionals, students of addiction sciences, and all others interested in the field of addiction treatment and recovery. The Archive includes articles and items of interest ranging in dates from 1834 to the present. Boyd Pickard is a co-author (with William White and Chris Budnick) of several papers chronicling the history and culture of Narcotics Anonymous (posted at www.williamwhitepapers.com.)

Number of CE hours offered

1.5 CEH, approved by MCBAP and NAADAC (specific.) A passing grade of 80% on the final exam is required for CE hours to be awarded.

Course Content

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