North Central Wisconsin Area Of Narcotics Anonymous
Our Message is Hope Our Promise is Freedom
NA World Services
Statement Regarding Coronavirus
We have had many inquiries and questions about health concerns regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). While it is not our role to make statements regarding health issues, we encourage NA groups to discuss the situations you are facing and the options you have to provide safe environments for those who attend your meetings. Groups may want to consider asking members to temporarily stop some of the common practices found at NA meetings such as hugging or shaking hands, or offering refreshments. You may also want to consider alternatives to “circling up” at the end of the meeting.
Some groups are discussing contingencies for the possibility that they will not be able to meet face to face for some period; ideas include hosting phone meetings or online meetings. These are just a few thoughts; we honor each NA group’s responsibility to discuss and determine what is best for their meeting.
You may want to contact your national or local public health agencies for specific guidance regarding meetings and gatherings. We are aware of the guidelines and recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), https://www.cdc.gov/ and there are similar agencies in countries outside of the USA. The World Health Organization (WHO) may also be a resource https://www.who.int/.
If you are seeking information about specific local NA events or meetings, please contact the service committee responsible for hosting that event or meeting, or visit their local NA website. We have heard that some events and meetings have been affected by mandated closures, but we do not maintain a list of those and we are not the best resource for current information for local events and meetings.
We are hopeful that NA members and groups can continue to provide support for one another as we move through this current situation, and we will update this information as necessary in the coming weeks. You have our best wishes.
Welcome to the website of the North Central Wisconsin Area of Narcotics Anonymous. Our message is that an addict, any addict, can stop using drugs, lose the desire to use, and find a new way to live. Perhaps you’re wondering if NA is for you. If you are, it may be of some help to you to read two of our informational pamphlets, “Am I an Addict?” and “Welcome to NA.” If you’re an addict, NA can help. You can view times and locations of meetings here or by clicking on “meetings” at the top of the page. If you cannot attend a meeting or wish to talk to a recovering addict, please email us at PR@ncwana.org
What is Narcotics Anonymous
NA is a 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. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs.
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 of 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 problem 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.
Reprinted from the Little White Booklet, Narcotics Anonymous.
© 1986 by Narcotics Anonymous World Services, Inc., PO Box 9999, Van Nuys, CA 91409
ISBN 0-912075-65-1 10/00
Information For Professionals
Narcotics Anonymous is a global, community-based organization with a multi-lingual and multicultural membership. NA was founded in 1953, and our membership growth was minimal during our initial twenty years as an organization. Today, NA members hold more than 61,800 meetings weekly in 129 countries.
Many addicts have credited professionals for leading them to NA. We hope that we can continue to work in cooperation with the professional community so that addicts need not suffer not knowing that recovery from addiction is possible.
If you have considered recommending Narcotics Anonymous to someone who has a drug problem, you may have a few questions about our organization. The following link below may help to answer those questions: Information about NA
If you would like to get on our mailing list and receive annual updated meeting lists of Narcotics Anonymous meetings in North Central Wisconsin please Contact Us. If you have other requests please indicate them in your mail. Such as:
- Receiving a presentation about NA.
- Obtaining NA literature for your facility or clients.
- Obtaining information about how clients can connect with local NA members.
- Questions and Concerns about NA.