Primary Purpose Area

Public Information


The Public Information (PI) Subcommittee Meeting is held on the 1st Saturday of every Month at 10:30 a.m. at:

The Recovery Building
105 East Bourke Street
Macon, MO 63552

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.

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. Since the publication of our Basic Text in 1983, the number of members and meetings has increased dramatically. As of September, 2006, NA members hold more than 35,000 meetings weekly in 116 countries. We offer recovery from the effects of addiction through working a twelve-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings. The group atmosphere provides help from peers and offers an ongoing support network for addicts who wish to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle.

Our name, Narcotics Anonymous, is not meant to imply a focus on any particular drug; NA’s approach makes no distinction between drugs including alcohol.

Membership is free, and we have no affiliation with any organizations outside of NA including governments, religions, law enforcement groups, or medical and psychiatric associations. Through all of our service efforts and our cooperation with others seeking to help addicts, we strive to reach a day when every addict in the world has an opportunity to experience our message of recovery in his or her own language and culture.

The Public Relations Handbook  is written for NA members with varying service experience and clean time, as well as those who may have no prior knowledge of public relations or service in NA. Most of our public relations opportunities happen at the area level and, as a result, this handbook is geared toward those serving in area service committees. Yet, the material here can be adapted for use at any level of service and for a variety of uses. Click here for various other Public Relations material from NA World Services

NA World Services also has various Public Service Announcements available. They can be accessed by clicking here.

Click Here for Generic PI Flyer Groups can use


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