Public Relations

Public relations at the local and area levels

Tradition 5

Each group has but one primary purpose – to carry the message to the addict who still suffers.

Tradition 11

Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain anonymity at the level of press, radio and films.

We need to engage with the world outside our meetings so that addicts can find us. This includes organisations like the Police, Oranga Tamariki, Probation and treatments centres. Our goal is always the same, we want addicts to come to our meetings and experience Narcotics Anonymous.

Groups and areas need to establish relationships with these organisations, to make them aware of the NA programme and its availability. The Regional Services committee has developed a toolkit to help you with this task. The toolkit includes:

We encourage you to identify approach agencies and offer to meet with their staff, for a formal presentation using the power-point slides, or a more informal meet and greet. Our goals are:

  1. We clarify what services NA can and cannot provide to the community.

  2. We make NA members more aware of their role in NA’s public image.

  3. We aim for the public to recognize NA as a positive and reliable organization.

  4. We develop valuable relationships with professionals and the general public.