The Narcotics Anonymous message is “that an addict, any addict, can stop using drugs, lose the desire to use and find a new way to live.” Our relations with the public enable us to share this message broadly so that those who might benefit from our program of recovery can find us. We perform public relations service to increase the awareness and credibility of the NA program. We share our message openly with the public at large, with prospective members, and with professionals. Maintaining an open, attractive attitude in these efforts helps us to create and improve relationships with those outside the fellowship. Establishing and maintaining a commitment to these relationships, can help us to further our primary purpose.

The various materials listed below are intended to facilitate the understanding of how to do NA Public Relations to various audiences. This includes suggestions on recruiting volunteers, working with H&I, Education, and the Judiciary among others as well as ways for H&I and PR to work together, and various other examples of how to carry the NA message. Some of this material is also usable for how to use PR to start H&I panels.

PR Material

PR Ideas Video

A video to show to a PR committee with various ideas on how to do PR:
https://wszf.org/pr-online-and-live/

Slides from the video above so you have everything.
http://wszf.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/PR-Ideas-for-your-committee-2021.pptx
For additional information, please email info@wszf.org.

PR Collaboration

A description of how to do PR collaboration at the Regional and Zonal level:
https://wszf.org/collaboration/
For additional information, please email info@wszf.org.

Public PR: Presentation Video & Slides

A PR video from the Rio Grande Region usable to send to the general public or specific facilities or VIPs such as judges, educators, or hospital administrators:
https://wszf.org/regional-pr-august-15-2020-video/
For additional information, please email info@wszf.org.

Slides from the video above so they can be edited and customized for local use:
https://wszf.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/PR-Rio-Grande-Region-2020-Powerpoint.pptx
For additional information, please email info@wszf.org.

H&I Video & Slides

A video on how to use PR to get permission to start H&I panel meetings online at a jail or prison including information about carrying the message to Treatment centers:
https://wszf.org/hi-online-and-more/
For additional information, please email info@wszf.org.

The slides used in the above video on how to get permission to start H&I panel meetings online at a jail or prison including information about carrying the message to Treatment centers. They may be downloaded and edited to fit local needs:
https://wszf.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/PR-for-H-I-Jails-Prisons-Feb-2022.pdf
For additional information, please email info@wszf.org.

Effective report writing in NA including PR reports

Education material on how to write an effective report in NA including PR reports at Area or Regional service meetings:
https://wszf.org/effective-report-writing-in-narcotics-anonymous/
For additional information, please email info@wszf.org.

Using PR to Present to the Police

These two PowerPoints explain how to contact your local police and do PR presentations for them. The results of this PR effort in some locations have been to get the local police to carry NA business cards to hand out. Some locations were able to get police to put NA material available in their booking room. Some police allow arrested addicts to call the NA hotline for free (not part of their free call).

Using PR to Present to Decision Makers

There are different types of PR presentations. When presenting to a decision maker such as a judge, hospital administrator, chief of police, etc. with a request for a specific action such as to grant permission for an NA related activity, a specific type of presentation is useful. These slides provide an example of steps to prepare for such a successful PR presentation, do the presentation, and follow-up. https://wszf.org/public-relations-presentation-to-vips/
For additional information, please email info@wszf.org.

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