What Is the Narcotics Anonymous Program?

NA is  nonprofit Fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. There is only one requirement for membership, the desire to stop using. We suggest that you keep an open mind and give yourself a break. Our program is a set of principles written so simply that we can follow them in our daily lives. The most important thing about them is that they work

 

There are no strings attached to NA. We are not affiliated with any other organizations, we have no initiation fees or dues, no pledges to sign, no promises to make to anyone. We are not connected with any political, religious or law enforcement groups, and are under no surveillance at any time. Anyone may join us, regardless of age, race, sexual identity, creed, religion or lack or religion. We are not interested in what or how much you used or who your connections were, what you have done in the past, how much or how little you have, but only in what you want to do about your problems and how we can help.

 

The newcomer is the most important person at any meeting, because we can only keep what we have by giving it away. We have learned from our group experience that those who keep coming to our meetings regularly stay clean.

ACRONYM/TERM

DEFINITION

Alternate Treasurer

Supports the Treasurer

APT

Area Planning Tool

ASC

Area Service Committee - A committee created to provide common service for NA groups in a specific locale. Composed of GSRs, ASC officers and subcommittee chairpersons. Usually part of a region, to which it send RCMs.

BT

Basic Text

CAR

Conference Agenda Report - A publication that consists of business and issues that will be considered during the biennial WSC meeting.  Released a minimum of one hundred and fifty (150) days prior to the openeing of the conference, with traslated versions released a minimum of one hundred and twenty (120) day prior.  The front portion of the CAR, in all the languages in which it is published, is available at no charge on the web at www.na.org.

CAT

Conference Approval Track - A term used to describe items sent to conference participants ninety (90) days prior to the World Service Conference. Included are any proposals for seating of regions, the draft budget and project plans for the upcoming conference cycle, and any material being presented for consideration under the service-material approval process.

Chairperson

Facilitates the ASC and ensures that the ASC keep to the agenda of business.

CLOSED MEETING

NA recovery meetings that are closed to nonaddicts.

CPC

A specialized subunit of the PI subcommitte in some areas, focusing on Cooperation with the Professional Community.

CUANA

Central Utah Area Narcotics Anonymous

Entertainment

Plans events for fun and fund raising for ASC (Sub-committee)

FIPT

Fellowship Intellectual Property Trust (FIPT) A legal trust that serves as custodian for NA's recovery literature and logos trademarks). The document creating the FIPT is called a trust instrument; it explains how NA’s literature and trademarks are  managed and protected for the benefit of the fellowship as a whole. Approved by the fellowship in April 1993.

GLS

Guide to Local Services in Narcotics Anonymous, A (GLS) A service handbook, approved in 1997, intended to serve as a resource for NA groups, areas, regions and their subcommittees in establishing and providing local services.

GSR

Each group elects one group service representative; even those groups hosting more than one recovery meeting elect just one GSR. These GSRs form thefoundation of our service structure. GSRs provide constant, active influence over the discussions being carried on within the service structure. They do this byparticipating in area service committee meetings, attending forums and assemblies at both the area and regional levels, and sometimes joining in the work of an ASC subcommittee. If we are vigilant in choosing stable, qualified leaders at this level of service, the remainder of the structure will almost certainly be sound. From this strong foundation, a service structure can be built that will nourish, inform, and support the groups in the same way that the groups nourish and support the structure.

GTLS

A Guide to Local Services in NA

GTWS

A Guide to World Services in NA

GWSNA

Guide to World Services in NA, A (GWSNA) A compilation of policy decisions that have been approved by the World Service Conference, including WSC guidelines. The name was changed from A Temporary Working Guide to Our World Service  Structure (TWGWSS) in 2002. TWGSS, its precursor, was first published in 1983 as the temporary successor to the NA Service Manual (a.k.a. The NA Tree), which in turn was first published in 1976.

H&I Hospitals & Institutions

A field of service usually covered by one ASC subcommittee devoted to carrying the NA message primarily to correctional  inmates and treatment facility patients. (Sub-committee)

Helpline

Handles the connection with telephone service and the still suffering addict (Sub-committee)

HIGH UINTA AREA

The High Uinta Area of Narcotics Anonymous basically covers meetings in northeastern Utah, i.e.; Vernal, Roosevelt, etc.

HOME GROUP

The group an NA member calls “home.” Home group membership calls for regular attendance of its recovery meetings,  financial and voluntary service support, and participation in consciencebuilding and decision-making processes.

HRP

Human Resource Panel (HRP) Provides the World Service Conference with a list of qualified candidates for election to the World Board, the Human Resource Panel, and the WSC Cofacilitator positions. Is also responsible to administer the World Pool. Consists of four individuals elected by the WSC.

IDT

Issue discussion topics

IP

informational pamphlet

JFT

Just for Today

Literature

Manages Literature for ASC (Sub-committee)

LTC

local translations committee

MCM

Elected by an ASC to participate on the area’s behalf on the metropolitan services committee.

MSC

A metropolitan service committee may exist to administer a single set of coordinated NA subcommittees in a city that has  more than one ASC, eliminating duplication of services and providing greater effectiveness in carrying the NA message.

NA WAY

The NA Fellowship’s quarterly journal, published in various languages.

NAWS

Narcotics Anonymous World Services (NAWS). Refers to Narcotics Anonymous World Services, Inc., the legal name for the World Board. (See World Boarddescription.)

NUANA

Northern Utah Area Narcotics Anonymous

OPEN MEETING

NA recovery meetings that allow attendance by nonaddicts.

PI (Public Information)

Public information (PI). A field of service usually covered by one ASC subcommittee devoted to carrying the NA message to government and private agencies, the public media, community leaders, those in the helping professions, and the community-at-large so that addicts seeking recovery will be referred to Narcotics Anonymous. (Sub-committee)

PL

phoneline

PR

public relations

PRHB

Public Relations Handbook

Regional Committee Member 1 (RCM)

The link between the Area and the UTAN Region of NA

Regional Committee Member 2 (RCM2)

Supports the RCM1

Regional Committee Member 3 (RCM3)

Supports the RCM2

Regional Committee Member Alternate

Supports the RCM's

RD

Regional Delegate (RD) Attends the WSC as a voting delegate from an NA region (or equivalent service body). Is responsible to help communicate between the region and world services throughout the conference cycle.

RSC

Regional service committee (RSC). A body that draws together the combined service experience of a number of adjoining areas for those areas’ mutual support.Composed of RCMs, the regional delegate and alternate delegate, and others as needed.

RSO

regional servie office

SASQUATCH AREA

Sasquatch Area of Narcotics Anonymous - Serving the Wasatch and Summit Counties (including Park City and Heber City)

Secretary

Records what happens at the ASC in the form of minutes, which are sent within one week of the ASC, to each group via the Group Services Representative (GSR)

SP

service pamphlet

SUACNA

Convention planning and fund raising (Sub-committee)

SUANA

Southern Utah Area Narcotics Anonymous - The Southern Area covers meetings south of the Central Area, from Beaver county all the way to the Utah border with Arizona.

Treasurer

Keeps the bank account in order, recieves donations, pays the bills, ensures that the subcommittees have the funds they need and keeps a record of all transactions.

TUMBLEWEED AREA

Tumbleweed Area of Narcotics Anonymous - Between the Central Utah and Southern Utah areas. The counties we currently serve include Sanpete, Sevier, Emery and Grand.

UWANA

United-Wasatch Area of Narcotics Anonymous

Vice-Chair

Supports the Chiarperson, liaises with the area sub-committees and stands in if Chairperson is absent

WB

World Board

WCNA

World Convention of NA

WSC

World Service Conference (WSC). A deliberative body composed of regional delegates and world-level trusted servants, the  WSC provides an effective voice and active conscience for the worldwide NA Fellowship.

WSO

World Service Office (WSO) The name of the physical location of the primary worldwide service center for NA World Services. The headquarters is located in Chatsworth (Los Angeles), California, USA, with branch facilities in Mississauga, Ontario,  Canada; Brussels, Belgium; and Tehran, Iran. The WSO prints, stocks, and sells NA Fellowship- and conference-approved literature, service handbooks, and other materials. Provides support for new NA groups

ZF

zonal forum