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Narcotics Anonymous Literature

Narcotics Anonymous got off to a rocky start when was in dire need of literature. Of course, there had been the Yellow Booklet, followed by the Little White Booklet and then the Little White Book. Those were the primary books used in the 1960s and 1970s. And although they were really the heart of NA back then, the members were really looking for more in-depth literature, along the lines of The Big Book that was used in Alcoholics Anonymous. Most of the earlier books were written by Jimmy K.

So the organization of Narcotics Anonymous decided to write NA Basic Text and used the Little White Book as the outline for the book. This book, instead of being written by just one member, was a massive collaboration of hundreds of people, most of them recovered addicts. The first publication of the NA Basic Text was released in 1983.

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There were many editions that followed over certain controversies in the text. By 1987, the book was already at its 4th edition, which still had major problems. The quality control was lacking, and the editing was not done properly, there were parts of the text missing and several other problems. That is why in 1988, a 5th edition was done, correcting these mistakes.

This 5th edition of the NA Basic Text is the most widely used if all editions. This book was translated in 30 languages in order to accommodate the groups in the various countries. Millions of copies have been sold worldwide. Many of the people in Narcotics Anonymous have used this book to help through the whole process of getting clean.

In 2004, they wanted to revise the NA Basic Text; the 6th edition of the book came out in 2008.

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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