Communication can be considered the foundation of all the principles that support our public relations efforts. As we begin dialogues with each other about how to bring the principles of our program into our services and daily affairs, our public relations efforts have already begun. The image we present to the public begins long before we contact an organization to make a presentation about Narcotics Anonymous. Often, the first impression of NA is made when a member of the public sees us standing outside a meeting facility. NA's image is affected by the ways individual members live their lives."
...Public Relations Handbook pg 17 (Core PR Principles)
Where and when does the Public Relations (PR) committee meet?
3rd Monday of Each Month
St Andrew's Lutheran Church (upstairs)
1501 South El Camino Real @ 15th Ave
San Mateo, CA 94402 (map)
What is the Public Relation Subcommittee?
The general mission of your area public information subcommittee is to inform addicts and others in the community of the availability of recovery in Narcotics Anonymous. Services provided by PI subcommittees vary widely from area to area. The simplest kind of PI project is the production and distribution of fliers throughout the community announcing that NA is available and that more information can be had either by calling the local NA information phoneline or by attending an NA meeting. As PI subcommittees become better developed, they often conduct public meetings for community members, distribute public service announcements to local radio and television stations, and respond to public media inquiries. Some PI subcommittees develop separate working groups called CPC panels (short for cooperation with the professional community) to focus especially on the NA community's relations with local treatment professionals. A Guide to Public Information, available from your local PI subcommittee or by writing the World Service Office, provides detailed information on conducting a wide range of projects designed to increase community awareness of Narcotics Anonymous.
Many public information projects serve primarily to encourage people to call the local phoneline for more information on NA. Because of the close link between PI and phoneline work, it will often benefit these two subcommittees to cultivate close relationships with one another. Some phoneline and PI subcommittees make it a standard policy to send members to one another's meetings to better facilitate communication between the two. In some areas, a single subcommittee administers both the phoneline and NA's public relations program.
What is the Narcotics Anonymous Program?
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.
Public Relations Committee Guidelines rev 2012-12