NA History

The History of Narcotics Anonymous in B.C.

The First Meeting
NA Begins in Canada
NA Grows
The Pacific Northwest
Graph of Meetings 1967 – 2004

The First Meeting for Addicts in B.C.
The first recovery meetings in British Columbia for addicts used the name Addicts Anonymous and occurred in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia in the early 1950’s. These meetings were connected to a movement that grew out of meetings for addicts at the Unites States Public Health Service Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky in the late 1940’s. These meeting died out in the early 1960’s because they did not follow the Traditions.

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NA Begins in Canada
The first Narcotics Anonymous meeting took place in Canada in late September of 1967. It was in Victoria, British Columbia that James D. and Bernard A. began meeting weekly to help each other stay clean. The late 1960’s were a time of struggle for the fellowship an in 1967 there were only 15 meetings world wide, with most of them occurring in California. Although the attendance at the Victoria meetings fluctuated, and the locations often changed, by the early 1970’s the fellowship had begun to stabilize and it was in 1973 that the The Victoria Area Service committee formed.

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James D. talking about the beginnings of NA started in Victoria

Jimmy K, a founder of NA, at the 22nd Anniversary of NA, August 15, 1975 discussing one of our early meetings in Victoria



The location of the first NA meeting which took place in late September of 1967

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NA Grows
By late 1979 an N.A. meeting was started in Vancouver, and in 1981 the NA World Directory listed 11 meetings in BC . The publishing of the Basic text was responsible for the rapid growth of NA world wide including BC and it wasn’t long before there were several meetings throughout the Province. The 1983 the world Directory contained 48 meetings, and by 1989, 112 meetings were taking place in BC.

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The Pacific Northwest
In the early 1980’s British Columbia, Washington State, Oregon, and northern Idaho formed what was then known as the Pacific Northwest Region of Narcotics Anonymous. Members from BC and these States met throughout the Pacific Northwest to hold regional meetings.

The PNWRSC Meeting List for Spring – Summer 1983

By 1981, the meetings in Vancouver continued to grow and by October 1985, 6 groups joined together to form the Fraser Valley Area Service Committee.

Below are images of two of our earliest surviving meeting lists.

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Graph of meetings 1967 – 2004

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Meetings for the South Okanagan Service Committee

as of: October 2018



Ultimate Weapon Group (Nooner)

Mon thru Fri

696 Main St. (map)(United Church, Chapel Room, south door)


Sunday Stay Clean Morning Meeting

11:00am – 12:00pm

696 Main St. (map)(United Church, Parlour Room)


Rise from the Dead Group

6:00pm – 7:00pm

102 – 1825 Main St. (map)Vineyard Church
back prk lot – back door


Just for Today Group

7:30pm – 8:30pm

201 – 696 Main Street (map)(United Church, Chapel Room, south door)


Wednesday – Where you're at Group

7:30pm – 8:30pm


633 Winnipeg St. (map) stairs on right side, third floor


The 4 Pillars Group

7:00pm – 8:00pm

696 Main St. (map)(United Church, Chapel Room, south door)


Straight, Clean and Simple Group

7:30pm – 9:00pm

150 Orchard Ave. (map)(Soup Kitchen)


Surrender to Win Group

7:30pm – 8:30pm

633 Winnipeg St. (map) stairs on right side, third floor

Sunday Night Group

7:00pm – 8:00pm

639 Main St. (map)


 Stepping Higher 

7:00pm – 8:00pm

38 Kenley St. (map)

Keep It Simple Group

7:30pm – 9:00pm

511 Church St. (map)
First United Church


Three Winds Group

7:30pm – 8:30pm

700 3rd St. (Hwy 3) (map)(Health Centre, Main Entrance)


Recovery In Th Desert

7:30pm – 9:00pm

6210 97th Street (Highway 97) Baptist Church 


Everything happens for a reason Group

7:30pm – 9:00pm

7814 Spartan Drive (map)(United Church)


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Helplines (Okanagan)


Penticton – 1-855-852-5687

Kelowna – 1-877-604-7613

Vernon – 1-866-778-4772


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Resource Requests:

As a part of an ongoing effort to improve communication between the B.C. Region of Narcotics Anonymous and our local communities, Narcotics Anonymous (NA) frames information and sessions on a variety of topics. In order to effectively engage in dialogue, both preparation and time are needed. This means letting us know what you are interest in and how much time is available on the agenda. Thus it is important that you provide us with information regarding what types of sessions you would like Narcotics Anonymous to facilitate and the estimated time for each session. Background information on local issues will also be helpful for our planning.

If you or your organization wishes NA to provide information sessions, public or community presentations, or round table discussions, please email the PI Chair. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

You can also Mail a request to:

South Okanagan Area of Narcotics Anonymous

P.O. Box 22110, RPO

Penticton, BC V2A 8L1


Narcotics Anonymous sprang from the Alcoholics Anonymous Program of the late 1940s, with NA meetings first emerging in the Los Angeles area of California, USA, in the early 1950s. The NA program started as a small US organization that has grown into one of the world’s oldest and largest international organizations of its type. For many years, NA grew very slowly, spreading from Los Angeles to other major North American cities and Australia in the early 1970s. Within a few years, groups had formed in Brazil, Colombia, Germany, India, the Irish Republic, Japan, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. In 1983, Narcotics Anonymous published its self-titled Basic Text book, which contributed to its tremendous growth; by year’s end, NA had grown to more than a dozen countries and had 2,966 meetings.

Today, Narcotics Anonymous is well established throughout much of North and South America, Western Europe, Australia, the Middle East, New Zealand and Eastern Europe. Newly formed groups and NA communities can be found scattered throughout the Indian subcontinent, Africa, and East Asia. Today the organization is truly a worldwide multilingual multicultural fellowship with more than 58,000 weekly meetings in 131 countries*. Narcotics Anonymous books and information pamphlets are currently available in 39 languages, with translations in process for 16 languages.
*As of May 2010