The NA Group
A Narcotics Anonymous group is any meeting of two or more recovering addicts who meet regularly at a specific time and place for the purpose of recovery from the disease of addiction. All Narcotics Anonymous groups are bound by the principles of the Twelve Traditions of NA. Each group has but one primary purpose – to carry the message to the addicts who still suffers.
Groups hold two basic types of meetings; open to the general public and closed to the public (for addicts only). Meetings vary widely in format from group to group participation meeting, topic discussion, or a combination of formats. Despite the type of format a group uses in its meetings, the function of a group is always the same – to provide an environment that will promote recovery. A group meeting becomes a place where newcomers know they can come for help. Often the first thing that can open the doors of recovery for addicts is the recognition of themselves in others. A group provides a setting in which the newcomer can find this identification by hearing a number of recovering addicts, rather than just one or two.
The group is the level at which we take care of the day-to-day business of NA. There is rent to pay, literature to buy and distribute, refreshments to be provided, a meeting hall to be kept clean, a time schedule to follow, announcements to be made, and other things to be done for the maintenance of a group. A group should stay in contact with other groups in its local area and with the rest of NA so it can find out about activities, learn of new groups opening up, get new literature, and find out what’s happening in NA. This can best be accomplished by a number of groups in an area creating an Area Service Committee. This is also the first level at which Fellowship funds are handled, and the correct use of this money is essential for the preservation of a group. Additional information can be found in the NA booklet “The Group” and “A Guide to Service in NA”.