How to Start an NA Group

Starting an NA meeting can be relatively easy.  NA meetings may vary greatly in structure and format, however, there is always one constant: They are started so that the NA message of recovery can be carried to the still-suffering addict in the most effective way-- addict to addict.

These resources are available to help you start a new NA meeting:

Read The Group Booklet for specific information about starting a new group or meeting.

Contact NAWS Fellowship Services Team ( for assistance in starting a new meeting and get a Group Starter Kit.

Register your new group online with NA World Services.

The primary purpose of an NA group is to carry the message of recovery to the addict who still suffers.  The group provides each member with the opportunity to share and to hear the experience of other addicts who are learning to live a better way of life without the use of drugs. The group is the primary vehicle by which our message is carried. It provides a setting in which a newcomer can identify with recovering addicts and find an atmosphere of recovery. 

The Group Booklet