Fr. Joe Pereira Founder Managing Trustee of Kripa Foundation has introduced NA meetings open at the Kripa Centre in Anjuna Goa. These meetings has been introduced with the support of local NA fellowship recoveries seeking to be be away from using.This is an open meeting and will be held every Saturdayat 6 pm. A notification has been received from NA World Services affirming the presence of the NA Group at Kripa Goa.Anjuna,
Who can be a member?
If an addict wants to be a member of Narcotics Anonymous, all that addict needs is a desire
to stop using. Our Third Tradition ensures that. Whether an individual NA member chooses to
be a member of a particular group as well is entirely up to that individual. Access to the
meetings of some NA groups is restricted by factors beyond the control of these groups—
national border-crossing laws, for instance, or prison security regulations. However, these
groups themselves do not bar any NA member from joining them.
What is an NA group?
When two or more addicts come together to help each other stay clean, they may form a
Narcotics Anonymous group. Here are six points1 based on our traditions which describe an
1. All members of a group are drug addicts, and all drug addicts are eligible for
2. As a group, they are self-supporting.
3. As a group, their single goal is to help drug addicts recover through application of the
Twelve Steps of Narcotics Anonymous.
4. As a group, they have no affiliation outside Narcotics Anonymous.
5. As a group, they express no opinion on outside issues.
6. As a group, their public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion.
In stating the six points that differentiate an NA group from other kinds of groups, we place
greater emphasis on drug addiction than almost anywhere else in our service literature.
What is an NA Group?
Narcotics Anonymous groups are self-governing (the Twelve Traditions use the word
autonomous). The group may conduct its own affairs in whatever way seems fit to its members,
provided the group’s actions do not adversely affect other groups or the entire NA Fellowship.
So what we offer here is not a “rule book” but the shared experience of how many of our
groups have met with success in conducting meetings and tending to business. Newer members
may find this booklet helps them understand who does what to keep the group going and how
to help. For more experienced members, it may lend some perspective to their group
involvement. But no matter how much information we pack into this booklet, you’re still going
to find that the best source of guidance for your group is in your group itself.
There are many ways of doing things in Narcotics Anonymous. And just as all of us have our
own individual personalities, so will your group develop its own identity, its own way of doing
things, and its own special knack for carrying the NA message. That’s the way it should be. In
NA we encourage unity, not uniformity.
This booklet does not even attempt to say everything that could be said about operating an
NA group. What you’ll find here are some brief answers to a few very basic questions: What is
an NA group? How does the work get done? What kinds of meetings can a group have? When
problems arise, how are they solved? We hope this booklet proves useful as your group seeks tofulfill its primary purpose: to carry the message to the addict who still suffers
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