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NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS: ITS HISTORY AND CULTURE

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS: ITS HISTORY AND CULTURE

William White, Chris Budnick, and Boyd Pickard

Posted in: Peer Recovery Support Services
Addiction recovery mutual aid societies rise within unique historical contexts that can exert profound and prolonged effects on their character. Just as the birth of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is best understood in the context of the repeal of Prohibition and the challenges of the Great Depression, the history of Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is best understood in the cultural context of the 1950s. It was in this decade that the notion of “good” drugs and “bad” drugs became fully crystallized.