Why Public Relations is important to the NA member
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 services to increase the awareness and credibility of the NA program. We share our message openly with the public at large, with prospective members, and with professionals.
The spiritual principles of our steps, traditions, and concepts guide us in pursuing our public relations aim and our efforts to enhance NA’s public image and reputation. These principles apply to our community and service efforts as well as to the personal behavior and attitude of individual NA members.
The purpose of the Helpline/Public Relations Subcommittee is twofold: first, is to maintain a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week telephone helpline that provides the opportunity for one addict to help another addict on a one-to-one basis. Secondly, to ensure that clear and accurate information about our fellowship is available to the public. This is accomplished through presentations, poster days, literature distribution, community events, and participation in health fairs. Our subcommittee is also responsible for the development and maintenance of our website and area meeting list.
What is the importance of anonymity?
This is a “we” program, and in public information, the concept that “I can’t, we can”is vital. Our spiritual foundation of anonymity can be seriously damaged by members acting independently.
We do not give our last names nor appear in the media as members of Narcotics Anonymous. As part of our spiritual program of recovery, we avoid self-promotion in favor of a more humble style of service. To learn more, please read I.P. # 15, “PI and the NA member.” For a more comprehensive overview of how Public Relations works, you can review the” PR Handbook.” To contact the Helpline/Public Relations Chairperson, please email: [email protected]
The Helpline/Public Relations Subcommittee meets on the third Thursday of every month at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church 1925 North State Road 7, Hollywood, Fl 33020, at 7:15.