New to NA

Narcotics Anonymous meetings are a gathering of recovering addicts, who meet regularly for the purpose of recovery from the disease of addiction.

Find a meeting: NA Meetings - Online List.

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What to expect at an NA meeting:

  • Although meetings may be located at a variety of publicly accessible buildings, meeting locations do not imply affiliation.
  • Meetings use a variety of formats such as Participation, Speaker, Topic Discussion, Book Study, New Comer, Question and Answer, etc.
  • There are no attendance monitors at meetings and we are under no surveillance at any time. Most meetings last from 1 to 1 ½ hours.
  • When you arrive at your first meeting you can expect to see recovering addicts welcoming each other and socializing. It is not uncommon for new members to be warmly welcomed.
  • You may see information pamphlets, books and activity flyers. Feel free to take pamphlets and flyers. Books are for sale at cost.
  • The chairperson typically will open the meeting with a moment of silence followed by the "We" version of the serenity prayer, readings, and announcements. The chairperson will then ask if newcomers and visitors would like to introduce themselves. Participation in meetings is voluntary.
  • The chairperson opens up the meeting for members to speak on any subject related to recovery. Members will speak, sharing their experience, strength and hope. Sharing is voluntary. We do not give direct feedback to what other people share (as in conversation) but we offer our own experiences.
  • While members are sharing we refrain from side conversations and other distracting activities that may disrupt the meeting.
  • There are no fees or dues to attend a NA meeting. We are fully self supporting through our own contributions. You will see a basket being passed, to collect donations from members to pay rent for the meeting place, purchase literature, refreshments, and to carry the message.

As Narcotics Anonymous continues to grow as a worldwide fellowship we have found it difficult to obtain and keep suitable meeting locations. With that in mind we ask that members please:

  • Be quiet when arriving and departing from meeting facilities
  • Remember that others may be offended by our tone and language.
  • Dispose of trash and cigarette butts appropriately.