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NAWS Statement Regarding Coronavirus
We have had many inquiries and questions about health concerns regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). While it is not our role to make statements regarding health issues, we encourage NA groups to discuss the situations you are facing and the options you have to provide safe environments for those who attend your meetings. Groups may want to consider asking members to temporarily stop some of the common practices found at NA meetings such as hugging or shaking hands, or offering refreshments. You may also want to consider alternatives to “circling up” at the end of the meeting.
Some groups are discussing contingencies for the possibility that they will not be able to meet face to face for some period; ideas include hosting phone meetings or online meetings. These are just a few thoughts; we honor each NA group’s responsibility to discuss and determine what is best for their meeting. You may want to contact your national or local public health agencies for specific guidance regarding meetings and gatherings. We are aware of the guidelines and recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), https://www.cdc.gov/ and there are similar agencies in countries outside of the USA. The World Health Organization (WHO) may also be a resource https://www.who.int/.
If you are seeking information about specific local NA events or meetings, please contact the service committee responsible for hosting that event or meeting, or visit their local NA website. We have heard that some events and meetings have been affected by mandated closures, but we do not maintain a list of those and we are not the best resource for current information for local events and meetings. On our Find a Meeting webpage, local websites are listed in the window on the top left side of the page: https://www.na.org/meetingsearch/.
We are hopeful that NA members and groups can continue to provide support for one another as we move through this current situation, and we will update this information as necessary in the coming weeks. You have our best wishes.
(NA World Services, 12 March 2020)
NAWS Re-Opening Meetings Statement
May 24, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected our Fellowship within our Region and around the world. However, we want you to know that you are not alone during this time. The Fellowship of Narcotics Anonymous is here to stay.
As we re-enter back into the community with our “In Person” meetings we will continue to follow local CDC guidelines and precautions in our meetings. We are also adhering to the requirements of the facilities which are allowing us to begin meeting in person.
Please be aware due to capacity and distancing requirements of many facilities, our meetings may have to temporarily limit the number of people in the room. If the room has reached full capacity, you may not be allowed to enter.
We are asking for everyone to please understand and respect the limitations we may be experiencing right now – we feel it is very important to open in-person meetings where it is possible with the limitations rather than have no in-person meetings without limitations.
If we all come together in unity and cooperation to minimize and stop the spread of COVID-19 – soon we will be able to resume our in-person meetings without capacity limitations. Adhering to facility and societal restrictions would keep us in line with all our Traditions.
Thank you all for helping us work in cooperation with our communities, be responsible and productive members of society and contribute to the well being of all.
If you are uncomfortable being in a large group at this time, we urge you to continue to attend Virtual NA meetings which continue to be held.
DRUG PROBLEM? If you want to stop we can help!
Narcotics Anonymous is a non-profit fellowship of men and women for whom drugs have become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other live drug-free. It costs nothing to attend a Meeting. There are no dues or fees; the only requirement for membership is the desire to stop using. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs, which includes alcohol. Our fellowship focuses on recovery from the disease of addiction. What an individuals drug(s) of choice were, is not important. Anyone may join us regardless of age, race, sexual identity, creed, religion or lack of religion.
We suggest that you call our 24 HOUR HELPLINE at 407-425-5157 or 866-579-8333, the Florida Relay for the Deaf at 800-955-8771, or attend one of our local Meetings. If you have questions about if you are an addict, please read information pamphlet: IP #7 “Am I an addict?”.
Our Primary Purpose...
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who is having a problem with drugs we suggest that if at all possible have the person with the problem call us or go to a Meeting in their area. You are welcome to attend one of our open Meetings, but we ask that you just listen and then get with someone after the meeting. If you have questions about what is addiction, please read NA Bulletin #17 “What is addiction?”.
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looking for more information and would like to get involved in service please visit our pages on Area Service Structure or visit the Upcoming Events (below) for up to the minute details related to the Greater Orlando Area and the Florida Region.