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 service 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. Maintaining an open, attractive attitude in these efforts helps us to create and improve relationships with those outside the fellowship. Establishing and maintaining a commitment to these relationships can help us to further our primary purpose.

The spiritual principles of our steps, traditions, and concepts guide us in pursuing our public relations aims 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.

Public Relations (PR) is the Subcommittee that is often the first time someone hears about Narcotics Anonymous. The role of the PR committee is to ensure that clear and accurate information about NA is available to the public. The demand for information about our fellowship is greater than ever. Being part of a committee that brings suffering addicts to our fellowship is a reward that cannot be expressed, only experienced. PR duties and responsibilities are:

  • PR is responsible for ensuring the phone line is staffed.
    • Maintains an ongoing telephone contact system (helpline) for the WNC Area.
    • Deals with addicts seeking more information about NA, where meetings are, and the time of meetings.
  • PR works as a liaison for NA and deals with professional and non-professional inquiries about NA,  for those wanting information about what NA is and isn’t.
  • PR develops posters that explain WNCNA and in teams distribute the posters in our area.
  • PR Coordinates a Poster Day

How to get involved with PR:

  • There are lots of opportunities for service in PR
    • No clean time requirement for participation in poster days
    • 6 months clean time requirement for  Phone line volunteers
    • 6 months clean time requirement for PR Secretary
    • 1-year helpline orientation coordinator

If you are interested in getting involved or just curious about the PR subcommittee  For more information email  pr.wncna@gmail.com