Demographics

2018 Survey

In keeping with our principle of anonymity NA does not keep records of who attends our meetings. Every few years we conduct a survey across England, Scotland and Wales, to try and get a better idea of the demographics of our meetings. Our last completed survey took place in 2018 and was based on 975 respondents. In October 2020 we will be publishing the results of our 2020 enlarged 40 year survey.

Responses

Our 2018 Survey pamphlet containing all the responses can be viewed here,
Some notable figures are below:

79% of respondents had been in active drug addiction for over 11 years before managing to stay clean through NA.

94% of those attending NA said the quality of their life had improved.
70% said their housing situation was better.
88% had improved family relationships.
91% had better social connectedness.
75% of NA member respondents were employed, a further 8% were in education or retired and 17% were unemployed.
The respondents' gender was 64% male, 35% female and 1% other
49% of those who responded said they had not relapsed on drugs since coming to NA.
50% of respondents had between 1 and 10 years of total abstinence from all drugs, 24% had less than a year, 3.5 % were still taking drugs the remaining 22.5% had in excess of 10 years total abstinence

Numbers

In March 2020 there were 1250 weekly meetings taking place throughout England, Scotland and Wales. After Covid these were replaced with over 800 online weekly meetings. Based on the number of meetings, the responses in the survey of meeting numbers and weekly attendance, we would estimate there are in excess of 7500 NA members leading drug free, productive and improved lives as a result of ongoing attendance at NA meetings.