Committees (service structure)
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Although Narcotics Anonymous consists of autonomous groups, in many areas where a substantial number of groups exist,
those groups appoint group service representatives (GSR's) who serve
as an area service committee (ASC). The ASC's purpose is, among
others, better communication between its member groups, setting up
help-lines for addicts, introducing addicts at rehabs and other institutions
to NA, distributing literature to groups and institutions, informing
the public of NA's existence, etc. To do so, the ASC appoints subcommittees
(again consisting of NA members) that specialize in each function
There are currently three areas in the South African
region: Western Cape area, Gauteng area and KwaZulu-Natal area. All service
positions in committees, as with group meetings, are voluntary and
on a rotation basis. NA members who have been clean (abstinent from
drugs) for a period of time are encouraged to volunteer. Such positions
are filled via elections.
Click on a committee below to view a detailed description
of its role, function, structure and meeting times. Please note
that these committee meetings are for NA members only.
- Regional service committee (RSC): A body that draws together the combined service
experience of a number of adjoining areas for those areas’
mutual support. Composed of RCM's, the regional delegate and alternate
delegate, and others as needed.
- Area service committees (ASC): A committee created to provide common services
for NA groups in a specific locale. Composed of GSR's, ASC officers,
and subcommittee chairpersons. Usually part of a region, to which
it sends RCM's
- Literature committees: For distribution of NA literature to groups and institutions.
- Hospitals &
institutions committees (H&I): A field of service
usually covered by one ASC subcommittee devoted to carrying the
NA message primarily to correctional inmates and treatment facility
- Phone-line (help-line) committees: An NA telephone contact service providing
means by which an addict or a general community member can get information
about Narcotics Anonymous, especially NA meeting schedules. Usually
administered by an ASC subcommittee.
- Public information committees (PI): A field of service usually covered by one ASC subcommittee
devoted to carrying the NA message to government and private agencies,
the public media, community leaders, those in the helping professions,
and the community-at-large so that addicts seeking recovery will
be referred to Narcotics Anonymous.
- Local translations committees (LTC): For translation of NA literature into
local languages – usually as a subcommittee of RSC.
- Events (conventions/entertainment) committees: For organisation of events
for NA members such as conventions or parties.
- Website committees:
For Internet-related activities – usually as a subcommittee
of an area's PI committee or RSC.
The following diagram explains how our service structure