When starting a group, the first priority is to secure a regular meeting location. Try to find a facility that is conducive to an atmosphere of recovery and will allow room for the meeting to grow. It is important to find a location that will allow the group to practice the Sixth Tradition, which states:
An NA group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the NA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, or prestige divert us from our primary purpose
This principle of nonaffiliation allows the group to develop its own autonomy.
After securing a location, establish the time and day of the week, make arrangements for opening and closing the meeting space, and any other preparations necessary. Tradition Seven tells us:
Every NA group ought to be fully selfsupporting, declining outside contributions.
In keeping with the Seventh Tradition, establish a means of paying rent for the facility; NA groups must always be self-supporting. The group responsibilities (opening the room, making coffee available, providing literature, cleaning up, etc.) are best shared by two or more addicts.
Some groups have lost their meeting space because they failed to properly care for the meeting facility. But if we try to leave the room better than we found it, we protect the atmosphere of recovery and the reputation of Narcotics Anonymous.
If the meeting is slow in getting started, be patient. Experience proves it will grow. Support can be generated by contacting the nearest area or regional committee, making announcements at other meetings, and by distributing flyers.
From IP#2 - The Group
We strongly suggest you read IP #2 in its entirety when considering starting a new group.
Our regional service office, Fellowship Service Office (FSO), offers a free group starter kit to new groups in Australia. Instructions on how to apply for the free kit.
The publication A Guide to Local Services in Narcotics Anonymous fully describes our service structure from the group level to the regional service committee. It is an excellent guide to group formation; responsibilities of trusted servants etc and can be purchased from the Fellowship Service Office.
Following is a checklist of the things most groups feel are important to address before opening their first meeting.
Get in touch with the nearest service committee. An area committee meeting is the ideal place for announcing your intention to start a new group.
Obtain a meeting place