Narcotics Anonymous

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Olivia Ferrell

Informative Outline

April 7th, 2014

Specific Purpose: I will inform my audience about Narcotics Anonymous.

Central Idea: Narcotics Anonymous is a worldwide self-help organization that has been around for many years and continues to impact our society.


Attention Getter: Imagine 60,000 people in one city, all dealing with the same problem, addiction. According to an article written by Carter M. Yang for ABC news on March 14th of this year, there are 60, 000 people in Baltimore alone that are addicted to illicit drugs. These numbers are disheartening and unfortunate. I can relate to every one of these people struggling with substance abuse, because I am an addict. A program called Narcotics Anonymous has
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b. Many soldiers came back from World War II and Vietnam (59 to 75) with addictions to habit forming drugs including alcohol, tobacco, nicotine and heroin.

c. At this time in the U.S very few addicts had proven solutions until the formation of NA.

2. Narcotics Anonymous was derived from another well know fellowship called Alcoholics Anonymous.

a. The 12 steps and 12 traditions laid a foundation for the early members of NA struggling with addictive substances other than alcohol.

b. Houston Montgomery, a member of AA, had a difficult time helping a man with an addiction to multiple substances. The other man could stop drinking, but was unable to stop using drugs.

c. Houston thought that it was important to form a group for those with specific drug problems.

3. According to a book written by Narcotics Anonymous World Services, called _The Birth of Narcotics Anonymous_, the Narco group was created in 1947 allowing a group of addicts to meet in Lexington Kentucky.

a. The Narco group was later developed into Narcotics Anonymous by a man named Jimmy K.

b. The first NA meeting was in Southern California in a church basement.

c. Different books and pieces of literature were published at this time.

d. In the late fifties the first piece of NA literature was published in order to help addicts identify if they belonged in the program.

Transition Narcotics Anonymous has had a long history, bringing me to explain how NA has an impact on today 's society.

C. According
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