Do explain the language of NA. We
use “addict, clean time, recovery, etc.” Recovery Coast
Explain why we use it as the First Step
and Sixth Tradition reveal.
Do emphasize that NA recovery is
available to any addict, regardless of the
type of drugs used.
Do emphasize the importance of
getting to a NA meeting the FIRST day
Do emphasize the importance of
getting a sponsor, home group, the
ongoing nature of recovery, and
attending 90 meetings in 90 days.
WHAT IS OUR
Do read and use the NA literature
recommended for H&I work. Encourage
MESSAGE? HOSPITALS AND
residents to read the NA literature on (H&I)
Don’t break another person’s
The message is PANEL MEMBER
anonymity or tell his or her story.
Don’t debate any issues involving the that an addict, AND
facility’s rules or regulations.
Don’t discuss conditions within the ORIENTATION
facility or opinions about the staff. To assure that no addict in a hospital or
Don’t discuss or debate outside institution seeking recovery need die
issues. Keep the focus on the positive
without having had a chance to find a
and unique qualities of NA. better way of life. From this day forward,
Don’t put too much focus on what it may we provide the necessary services.
was like. They already know.
Don’t carry excessive cash or wear lose the desire CALL THE HELP LINE FOR MEETING UPDATES
expensive or flashy jewelry. 727-842-2433
Don’t show favoritism, collect any www.napasco.org
money, take messages in or our or carry
Don’t give out any other person’s
and find NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS HAS
NO AFFILIATION WITH ANY OTHER
a new way of life.
ORGANIZATION AND NO ENDORSEMENT
address or phone number or give out
your address or phone number. (September 2007)
Hospitals and What is expected “Having had a spiritual
Institutions hall have a good understanding of the
S awakening as a result of
fellowship and policies relevant to the H&I
Panel Member / meeting these steps, we tried to carry this
Speaker Orientation hall adhere to the rules of the facility –
since we are guests in the facility
message to addicts
hall conduct one’s self responsibly.
S and to practice these
Purpose Remember, you are a representative of NA principles in all our affairs”
hall use the language of NA.
The purpose of an H&I presentation or Identify yourself as an addict, clean from all
meeting is to carry the NA message of mind and mood altering substances and in Do’s and Don’ts
recovery to addicts who do not have full recovery.
access to regular Narcotics Anonymous The Do’s and Don’ts
meetings. This is accomplished through Take an active role are compiled based upon
the operation of panels that visit the experience of the H&I
facilities on a regular basis. These The panel member or speaker takes an subcommittees. They provide
panels are made up of a panel leader, active role in a presentation or meeting in some very helpful guidelines,
and one to three panel members whatever acceptable capacity as may be
requested by the panel leader. Being a and should help you avoid
(speakers / observers). The purpose of some of the common pitfalls.
panel member or speaker is a personal
this orientation is to acquaint the Panel
commitment, so please do not volunteer if
Member / Speaker with the policies you are not sure that you want to attend. If Do start and end on time.
relevant to a H&I presentation or you are not sure you will be able to attend a Do briefly explain what H&I is.
meeting. meeting or presentation you have Do make it clear that NA is separate
committed to, you are to give the panel and distinct from the facility as well as
Requirements leader at least forty-eight hours notice. other fellowships.
Do try to get residents involved,
inimum of 6 months of uninterrupted
M What you can do especially those in long-term facilities
clean time (literature person, coffee maker, etc.)
inimum of 1 year of uninterrupted What NA offers is to carry a message of Do obey all dress codes. Exercise
clean time for jail facilities recovery from the disease of addiction some common sense and dress
ust meet the clean time requirement through the twelve steps, twelve appropriately.
traditions and twelve concepts of Do bring stamped literature into the
of the facility
Narcotics Anonymous. facility with the local phone line number.
ust have a willingness to share your
experience, strength and hope! Continued