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Narcotics Anonymous Co-Founder: Jimmy Kinnon

Jimmy Kinnon was born on April 5th, 1911. While he was in school, he started drinking alcohol and abusing illicit drugs. It was tearing his life apart and on February 2nd, 1950, he decided to get clean from both alcohol and drugs.  This is when he started attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. AA fellowship philosophy was that it was to focus only on alcohol addiction. Therefore, speaking of drug addiction or any other kind of addiction was discouraged in the meetings.

Jimmy K. met other members in AA had struggled with drug addiction in the past. He and other members started putting together their own meetings to address drug addiction. They, of course, were not yet called Narcotic Anonymous. But Jimmy and the other members wanted to start a fellowship for drug addiction as many people suffering from it.

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In 1953, they were given permission by the Alcoholics Anonymous organization to use the 12 steps and 12 traditions for their own fellowship. It is then that Alcoholics Anonymous was formed officially. Jimmy K. continued to help people with drug addiction which also helped them stay sober. He stayed focused on his goal of creating this fellowship even through the rough times.

of 1985, at the age of 74 years old. He had stayed clean from alcohol and drugs for 35 years at the time he passed away.

Source: http://na.org/

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.

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