Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most area meetings have been temporarily closed since March, and many groups moved their meetings online. As the state of Ohio begins to reopen, each group is responsible for deciding what makes sense for their meeting and whether/how to safely begin meeting in person again. Our traditions must guide us during this time, as well as the laws and Ohio Department of Health orders, and local county health orders.
We provide information about in-person meetings and our Area Office hours of operation as a convenience, but the Central Ohio Area Service Committee of NA cannot verify the measures taken by individual groups or the Area Office as they address the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The Area PR Subcommittee has put together a checklist to help guide group discussion based on the experience of other groups, areas, and regions during this time. This is not meant as permission, instructions, or requirements for reopening. It is meant as a resource on where to find information, and what kinds of things to consider. There are links to a number of resources below that can help guide your group when deciding how to move forward.
Here is a link to the New England Region’s (nerna.org) “Our Virtual Presence” packet for sessions 1-3. There are notes, slides, bulletins and lots of other useful info to consider during your group consciences. NERNA PACKET
For all group updates, including whether/when you are reopening in person and any special instructions you may have for members, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are working on getting a hybrid schedule online for both in person and virtual meetings.
Click here for a link where you can download a printable PDF schedule of local virtual meetings.
Tradition 2: For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority – a loving God as he may express himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants, they do not govern.
Tradition 4: Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or NA as a whole.
Tradition 10: Narcotics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the NA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
- The COASCNA PR Area Subcommittee will facilitate a conversation among area Homegroups and other interested NA members about the possibility of reopening in-person meetings. The suggested guidance is pieced together from ESH from other groups, areas, regions, and local and national information about coronavirus, COVID-19, social distancing guidelines, and orders from the Ohio Department of Health and the Governor’s Office.
- It is not meant to be interpreted as instructions on how to proceed or permission to reopen. Homeroups are free to do what they decide, and will be liable for how they choose to proceed, along with the facility that is renting to them, or any other space they are using.
- The PR Area Subcommittee is simply offering pointers on where to find more information, and to make suggestions on what kinds of things Homegroups might want to consider, so that they can decide by group conscience whether they are following all applicable laws and orders while offering in-person meetings.
- Suggestions and resources offered by the PR Area Subcommittee are not an exhaustive list, and all responsibility for ensuring that all community standards and legal requirements are met lies with the Homegroups.
- The first Roundtable was on Sunday, June 7th; the next one is on Sunday, June 28th. See the Events calendar for more info.
If you cannot make it to an in person meeting during this time, here’s what you can do:
- Join us in our local virtual meetings. You can join from a landline, your cell phone, smartphone, or computer – we have over 25 local virtual meetings and more every day
- Visit https://virtual-na.org for a list of global online recovery meetings
- If you need to talk to an addict in recovery, call our 24/7 Helpline at 614-252-1700
- Download free recovery literature
Click here for an online schedule of locally hosted Virtual Meetings, including a link to a PDF paper schedule.
Some information that our community of recovering addicts might find helpful:
- “Safe distancing” is considered to be at least 6 feet between each person; To keep yourself and others safe, you may consider not shaking hands, or hugging, or circling up at the end of a meeting as a very reasonable response to this pandemic
- Young people may be at lower risk of contracting full-on COVID-19, but they are still capable of spreading it to others in the community; acting on this awareness might literally spare someone’s life, and again, “flatten the curve” so as to make sure all Ohioans can get access to the health care they will need
- Along with safe distancing, regular hand washing for at least 20 seconds, using hand sanitizer, and not touching your face (eyes, nose, mouth) are some ways to keep yourself and others safe
- If you are sick or experiencing any symptoms, such as a fever, cough, or runny nose, do not risk infecting others: Stay home; call your sponsor and members of your support group; call our 24/7 helpline at 614-252-1700; read free NA literature available from this site; attend virtual and phone meetings; meditate, seek connection, and work the steps.