Tips to Set Up a Local Substance Abuse Meeting

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  • Attend an existing meeting in your area
  • After the meeting, speak with the Chairperson about how they set up that meeting
  • Contact your local/company/organization, etc. to see if they would support a meeting
      • They can help by contacting the membership/employees
      • They may allow you to use the facilities to hold your meeting. If not, try to find a space such as a shop, venue or home, etc.
  • Go to your local AA/NA etc. Central Office to purchase supplies for your meetings (literature, chips, etc.)
  • The Central Office will have a handout about meeting procedures…always follow these procedures
  • Figure out the best time to hold the meeting based on work schedules. For some, that may be on the weekend, for others it might be on a Monday as that’s often a dark day.
  • Spread the word on social media
  • Print out flyers that can be posted in work venues, in break rooms, on set, or left at a union hall
  • Invite speakers who have experience in the program to speak at your first few meetings to share their own experience of strength and hope
  • Start a group thread (email or WhatsApp group, for example) to support the members of your group

Links to recovery or abstinence based organizations:

Alcoholics Anonymous

Al-Anon (for friends and family of addicts)

Celebrate Recovery (Christian-based recovery)

Cocaine Anonymous

Co-Anon (for friends and family of addicts)                   

Crystal Meth Anonymous

Families Anonymous

Heroin Anonymous

In the Rooms

The Jewish Board (Jewish-based recovery)          

LifeRing Secular Recovery (non 12-step)

Marijuana Anonymous 

Narcotics Anonymous

Nar-Anon (for friends and family of addicts)  

Pills Anonymous 

Refuge Recovery (Bhuddist-based recovery)

Secular Organizations for Sobriety (non 12-step)

Smart Recovery (non 12-step)

Smart Recovery Family & Friends (non 12-setp) 

Women for Sobriety (non 12-step)

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