Sudbury Area Narcotics Anonymous

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Hospitals and Institutions

     Many Narcotics Anonymous members have found Hospitals and Institutions service to be an important part of their personal recovery. Our members, who actively participate in H&I service, are very important resources in our fellowship. A commitment to H&I service is one of the many ways to become involved with the NA service structure and help us feel a part of our fellowship.

     We know that active addiction leads to jails, institutions, and death. Also, NA’s primary purpose is to carry the message of recovery to the addict who still suffers. It is not surprising that carrying the NA message of recovery into hospitals and institutions is one of our priorities. NA members have consistently supported this belief by forming Hospitals and Institutions (H&I) committees around the world.

     Still, some NA members have been reluctant to become involved in H&I service because they have never been incarcerated, arrested, or institutionalized. With our personal experience and proper preparation, all of us are uniquely qualified to carry our message of recovery.

What Is an H&I Meeting?

     The purpose of an H&I meeting is to carry the message of recovery to addicts who do not have full access to regular Narcotics Anonymous meetings. H&I meetings, except for those in long-term facilities, are intended to introduce those addicts in attendance to the basics of the NA program.

      In order to form a clear understanding of an H&I meeting, it is important to learn about our service structure. An H&I meeting is generally a service provided by an area service committee’s H&I subcommittee. These meetings occur in hospitals, treatment centers, correctional facilities, and adolescent institutions. Rather than being an NA group, it is vital that an H&I meeting always be held under the direction of an H&I subcommittee.

How Do I Get Involved?

      An area Public Relations subcommittee is the center for planning and organization. This is the ideal place to start getting involved! The first thing to do is to show up at an area H&I subcommittee meeting and attend an orientation for new and interested members. These orientation meetings help members become familiar with the information and clean time requirements necessary for service in H&I. At these meetings, members are selected to carry our message into facilities. Usually, the next step is to attend an H&I meeting as an observer. Through this process members gain a basic understanding of H&I service and decide on a level of involvement.

Why Do I Get Involved?

     Hospitals and institutions service offers addicts an opportunity to demonstrate gratitude, fulfill responsibility, and share the NA message without expectations. It is also an effective tool that helps us stay clean, and keeps us coming back. The H&I message is the same as the NA message: “That an addict, any addict, can stop using drugs, lose the desire to use, and find a new way to live.” The gift we share is hope and freedom from active addiction through the program of Narcotics Anonymous. Any NA member who wants to carry this message is encouraged to get involved with H&I service. There are many ways to serve in Narcotics Anonymous, and many of us have found H&I service to be the most rewarding aspect of our recovery. We hope that this pamphlet will encourage you to get involved with H&I service and experience these rewards for yourself!

   

Public Information

     The Narcotics Anonymous message is “that an addict, any addict, can stop using drugs, lose the desire to use and find a new way to live."  Our relations with the public enable us to share this message broadly so that those who might benefit from our program of recovery can find us.  We perform public relations service to increase the awareness and credibility of the NA program.  We share our message openly with the public at large, with perspective members,  and with professionals.  Maintaining an open, attractive attitude in these efforts helps us to create and improve relationships with those outside the fellowship.  Establishing and maintaining a commitment to these relationships, can help us to further our primary purpose.

     The spiritual principals of our steps, traditions and concepts guide us in pursuing our public relations aims and our efforts to enhance NA's public image and reputation.  These principals apply to our community and service efforts as well as to the personal behavior and attitude of individual NA members. 

Informing Professionals and the public

     Narcotics Anonymous is a global, community-based organization with a multi-lingual and multicultural membership.  NA was founded in 1953, and our membership growth was minimal during our initial twenty years as an organization.  Since the publication of our Basic Text in 1983, the number of members and meetings has increased dramatically.  Today, NA members hold more than 43,000 meetings weekly in 118 countries.  We offer recovery from the effects of addiction through working a twelve-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings.  The group atmosphere provides help from peers and offers an ongoing support network for addicts who wish to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle.

     Our name, Narcotics Anonymous, is not meant to imply a focus on any particular drug; NA's approach makes no distinction between drugs including alcohol.  Membership is free and we have no affiliation with any organizations outside of NA including governments, religions, law enforcement groups, or medical and psychiatric associations.  Through all of our service efforts and our cooperation with others seeking to help addicts, we strive to reach a day when every addict in the world has an opportunity to experience our message of recovery in his or her own language and culture.  

   

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