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PR Vision Statement

    "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.

PR Purpose

    For our purposes in Narcotics Anonymous, the term “public relations” refers to all of the relationships we create and maintain with the general public, professionals, potential members, and each other in our groups and service communities. We have been establishing relationships with the public all along, whether we have made a choice to be aware of and participate in those relationships or not. It is time to look more closely at how we relate to the rest of society as well as to fellow members. It is time to gather our collective experience, and improve our service efforts so NA can continue to become a more reliable and recognizable program of recovery.

    “Public relations” implies an ongoing relationship. We have many opportunities to build and sustain ongoing relationships with the public. We can follow up after a presentation, ask for feedback from an institution, and check in with the facilities where our meetings are held. Our ability to respond and participate in relationships with the public can only help to strengthen the public’s trust in our ability to help addicts.

PR-Handbook_2010.pdf ISBN 978-1-55776-684-7

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