Starting an NA Meeting

The task of starting a meeting should not be taken lightly. You are adding a resource that addicts will count on to stop the use of drugs, stay stopped, and maintain their drug free life. The Narcotics Anonymous program has a proven history in overcoming addiction with the promise of a new way of life. Our focus here is to facilitate and help the process of creating a new NA group.

First: Preparation is the foundation. A new group needs a commitment of two or more NA members willing to prioritize their time to include a new meeting by attending consistently while following the Twelve Traditions of NA. Remember that it may take six months or a year of consistent effort for a group to really get going. Be sure you’re willing to stick it out.

Second: Choose a location that will encourage a recovery community and accept a small donation to help pay for utilities and other expenses. Churches and community buildings are a good place to begin inquiries. Be careful not to associate NA with other organizations such as treatment centers where the anonymity may be confusing to the public at large.

Third: Asking for help at other NA meetings and at NA Area Service Committee Meetings will help with startup materials and support for beginning a new meeting. It is also the place to find answers to specific questions and concerns. Information on NA meetings and service groups is available locally on this website or by phone at 1-800-974-0062.

Fourth: Information and help is also available from NA World Services (NAWS). It has a page on starting an NA meeting.