A guide to re-opening in-person meetings

It is suggested that groups have a detailed plan for re-opening in-person meetings. As NA groups we need to keep our Traditions in mind (paraphrased below):

4th Tradition
Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or NA as a whole

5th Tradition
Each group has one primary purpose – to carry the message to the addict who still suffers

10th Tradition
Narcotic Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the NA name ought never be drawn into public controversy

12th Tradition
Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities

Sample checklist

Below is a sample checklist of items each group may want to consider when planning to re-open, and suggestions for addressing them:

  • Have we ensured the meeting is advertised on the website and at the phone line, where newcomers can find out about it
  • Have we thought about ways to accommodate the newcomer in case of an overflow in attendance
  • Have we checked current local laws and restrictions and taken measures to abide by these
  • Have we checked if the facilities have any specific requirements that must be adhered to when using them
    Important note: please check with the ASC before signing ANY paperwork
  • Do we have plans for sanitising before and after the meeting
  • Do we have plans to encourage personal safety, e.g. face masks, hand sanitiser, or other measures
  • Have we taken every precaution to ensure the health and safety of ourselves and others

This is a difficult time for many, and as a fellowship we must do all that we can to ensure the continued goodwill that we hold with all our facilities and our members/potential members and especially newcomers. As such we should try to make communication on re-opening meetings as clearly stated as we can to avoid possible confusion

In loving Service

Northern Area Service Committee