The miracle of Recovery happens when addicts meet together to share their experience strength and hope of recovery through the 12 step program of Narcotics Anonymous. In the below sections are guides to how to find meetings, links to our meeting directories in different formats ( meeting list pages, a meeting search, a directory of our member areas & their meetings and a PDF directory of all our meetings in NC and SC.
What goes on in an NA meeting?
If you’re planning to go to a Narcotics Anonymous meeting for the first time, it might be nice to know what to expect. The information in this section is meant to give you an understanding of what happens in our meetings. The words we use and the way we act might be unfamiliar to you at first, but hopefully this information can help you get the most out of your first NA meeting. If you show up early, leave late, and ask lots of questions before and after the meeting, you’ll probably get the most out of every meeting you attend..
Although meetings may be located at a variety of publicly accessible buildings, meeting locations do not imply affiliation. Meetings use a variety of formats such as Participation, Speaker, Topic Discussion, Book Study, New Comer, Question and Answer, etc. Most meetings last from 1 to 1 ½ hours. When you arrive at your first meeting you can expect to see recovering addicts welcoming each other and socializing. It is not uncommon for new members to be warmly welcomed.
You may see information pamphlets, books and activity flyers. Feel free to take pamphlets and flyers. The leader typically will open the meeting with a moment of silence followed by readings, and announcements. The leader will then ask if newcomers and visitors would like to introduce themselves. Participation in meetings is voluntary. The leader opens up the meeting for members to speak on any subject related to recovery. Members will speak, sharing their experience, strength and hope. Sharing is voluntary. We do not respond to other people’s shares (as in conversation) but from his or her own experience. While members are sharing we refrain from side conversations and other distracting activities that may disrupt the meeting.
Be quiet when arriving and departing from meeting facilities
Remember that others may be offended by our tone and language.
Dispose of trash and cigarette butts appropriately.
Please come and check out a meeting and “Keep Coming Back”
How to Find Meetings on our site find out how >>
- Meetings by Area – The Carolina Region of NA is made up by 24 local areas = you can find meetings by towns/cities served by an area.
- All Meetings – a sortable of list of all our meetings. ( if you can’t find a meeting near you in NC it might be a member of the North Carolina Region.
We strive to have open communication with professionals in the addiction field, clergy, medical and correctional/criminal justice fields. This page will give you a sense of what NA does, our international fellowship and how we would like to cooperate with you.