The primary purpose of an NA group is to carry the message of recovery to the addict who still suffers. The group provides each member with the opportunity to share and to hear the experience of other addicts who are learning to live a better way of life without the use of drugs. The group is the primary vehicle by which our message is carried. It provides a setting in which a newcomer can identify with recovering addicts and find an atmosphere of recovery.
Where can I find a meeting?
The Green Mountain Area hosts over 40 meetings each week. If you’re trying to find a meeting, you can use our Meeting Locator. Our area publishes an up to date meeting list quarterly, which you can download, print and distribute freely. You’ll find the link in the sidebar to the right.
If you’re unable to find a meeting nearby or at a convenient time, you can also try naphone.org for telephone and internet meetings. Please note that The Green Mountain Area is not affiliated with naphone.org in any way.
The Green Mountain Area is a member of the ABCD Region, which serves areas in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire. There’s a meeting locator on their site listing meetings throughout the region. If you’re traveling, you may also want to check nearby areas: Granite State Area, Champlain Valley Area & Berkshire County Area. Finally, it may be worth checking the Meeting Search at na.org. They list many groups that don’t otherwise participate in the service structure of NA.
Is NA for me?
If you’re an addict, NA can help.
Narcotics Anonymous offers recovery to addicts around the world. We focus on the disease of addiction rather than any particular drug. Our message is broad enough to attract addicts from any social class or nationality. When new members come to meetings, our sole interest is in their desire for freedom from active addiction and how we can be of help.”
It Works: How and Why, “Third Tradition”
What happens at an NA Meeting?
If you’re new to NA or planning to go to a Narcotics Anonymous meeting for the first time, it might be nice to know a little bit about what happens in our meetings. The information here is meant to give you an understanding of what we do when we come together to share recovery. The words we use and the way we act might be unfamiliar to you at first, but hopefully this information can help you get the most out of your first NA meeting or help you feel more comfortable as you keep coming back. Showing up early, staying late, and asking lots of questions before and after meetings will help you get the most out of every meeting you attend….
…People have all sorts of reasons for attending NA meetings, but the purpose of each meeting is to give NA members a place to share recovery with other addicts. If you are not an addict, look for an open meeting, which welcomes non-addicts. If you’re an addict or think you might have a drug problem, we suggest a meeting every day for at least 90 days to get to know NA members and our program….
excerpts from IP #29, “An Introduction to NA Meetings“
NA literature is also a great source of information about our program. Our Basic Text, Narcotics Anonymous, or our information pamphlets (IPs) are a good place to start. Most meetings offer IPs for free, while books are generally sold at the group’s cost. Most of our literature is also available to read at na.org.
To begin, we invite you to read IP #22, “Welcome to NA“. Please come to our meetings and “Keep Coming Back!”