Standing Subcommittees and Liaisons
A main concept of Narcotics Anonymous is one of doing service. This program is one of helping each other to find and maintain recovery. One of the many ways of achieving the goal is to provide service at the area service committee level. Through the work of these committees, the message of Narcotics Anonymous is carried to the community.
Each of the groups listed here performs a vital service to our fellowship. Following the links will allow you to learn more about each subcommittee. You will find the guidelines that direct their goals, meeting schedules, and forms used for service. Emailing the subcommittee chairperson or liaison is a good way to establish contact with our service structure and to obtain more information.
There is always room for people to involve themselves with service. Doing service allows us to get out of ourselves and help keep Narcotics Anonymous strong. Remember it was the selfless service of others that enabled the doors to be open when we arrived.
Hospitals and Institutions
Meeting List Liason
Public Information Subcommittee
Tax Compliance Liason
Local Translations Subcommittee
24 Hour Room Ad-Hoc Subcommittee
The Administrative Subcommittee is a committee made of all ASC officers (Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Regional Committee Member [RCM], Regional Committee Member Alternate [RCMA], All Subcommittee Chairpersons; Ad-Hoc Chairpersons, and four (4) present Group Service Representatives with at least one (1) year abstinence from all drugs.
All procedural changes or creation of ASC procedure shall automatically be referred to the Administrative Subcommittee for recommendation. The Subcommittee shall then recommend a course of action. Then these motions shall than be brought from the Administrative Subcommittee to the groups.
This subcommittee meets right after the Area Service Committee meeting, usually the second Sunday of the month.
The South Dade Area Entertainment and Activities Subcommittee is a committee made up of Narcotics Anonymous members who coordinate and plan functions which promote unity and maintain an atmosphere of recovery in the fellowship of Narcotics Anonymous in the South Dade Area.
The purpose of the South Dade Area Entertainment and Activities Subcommittee is to provide functions designed to enhance recovery, and build NA unity and a member’s sense of belonging.
The South Dade Area Helpline Subcommittee is a committee made up of Narcotics Anonymous members who establish, coordinate and maintain an effective phoneline service where the general public seeking help and/or information can call and have a one on one conversation with a recovering addict via the telephone.
The purpose of the South Dade Area Helpline Subcommittee is to provide a phoneline service where the general public can call and talk anonymously with a recovering addict 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The South Dade Area Hospitals and Institutions Subcommittee is a committee made up of Narcotics Anonymous members who initiates, coordinate and conduct all local NA hospitals and institutions presentations within the South Dade Area of Narcotics Anonymous.
The purpose of the South Dade Area Hospitals and Institutions Subcommittee is to conduct hospitals and institutions presentations that carry the NA message of recovery to any addict in jails, hospitals and institutions whose attendance at regular NA meetings is restricted.
The South Dade Area Literature Distribution Liaison is a Narcotics Anonymous member who shall handle all ordering and distribution of NA approved Literature to the fellowship of Narcotics Anonymous in the South Dade Area.
The purpose of the South Dade Area Literature Distribution Liaison is to maintain a stock of NA approved literature that can be purchased by local groups at the monthly ASC meeting, and any other time as approved by the ASC.
The Literature Office is open the day of the ASC meeting.
Our vision is to provide an accurate, easy to understand meeting list on a timely basis, including all NA meetings in Miami-Dade County.
The South Dade Area Meeting List Liaison is a Narcotics Anonymous member who shall coordinate, produce and distribute an accurate updated meeting list to the fellowship of Narcotics Anonymous in the South Dade Area.
The purpose of the South Dade Area Meeting List Liaison is to compile and update meeting information from NA groups in the South Dade Area, to publish and distribute in the form of a monthly meeting list.
A meeting list is arguably the single most important piece of literature in NA. If still-suffering addicts in the community at large decide to seek help and cannot find a meeting, they may never have another chance to hear the NA message of hope; those coming out of recovery programs may not find a welcoming place to further their recovery. Other subcommittees depend on the accuracy of a meeting list.
That is why it is of utmost importance to have the most updated information in a meeting list. Group Service Representatives (GSRs) are responsible for providing the information that goes in a meeting list, and to re-check it each month to make sure there are no inaccuracies due to human error.
In our meeting list you will also find local and state-wide helpline telephone numbers, as well as South Dade Area NA subcommittees’ meeting schedules. Also, we provide regular updates to our South Florida Regional Service Committee which, in turn, updates the information at NA World Services website.
The South Dade Area Newsletter Subcommittee is a committee made up of Narcotics Anonymous members who coordinate, produce and distribute an effective newsletter to the fellowship of Narcotics Anonymous in the South Dade Area. In keeping with our First Tradition, personal recovery is made more available.
The purpose of the South Dade Area Newsletter Subcommittee is to provide written communication designed to enhance recovery, and build NA unity.
The South Dade Area Public Information Subcommittee is a committee made up of Narcotics Anonymous members who help to create awareness of Narcotics Anonymous in the community.
The purpose of the South Dade Area Public Information Subcommittee is to open and maintain communication between the fellowship of Narcotics Anonymous in the South Dade Area and the general public, and between the Area Service Committee, Regional Service Committee, and World Service Conference levels of service.
The South Dade Area Tax Compliance Liaison is a Narcotics Anonymous member who shall maintain the South Dade ASC Corporation. We are incorporated as a non-profit organization with a tax identification number.
The purpose of the South Dade Area Tax Compliance Liaison is to file forms, produce and sign reports with the IRS and any other government agency necessary.
The vision of our committee is to have local linguistic minorities in our NA Area be effectively informed about recovery, and our Area and Regional service structure, and to have access to NA service-related materials in their own native language.
Our purpose is to promote unity through a better understanding of recovery, our fellowship, and the way our service structure functions by translating recovery and service-oriented materials as needed.
The main task we perform is the translation our Area Service Committee’s minutes on a monthly basis. We also translate our ASC’s Procedural Guidelines, Subcommittees’ and Liaison’s Guidelines, and our Website’s information.
The translation process requires translators and proofreaders. The former have to be fully proficient in both working languages. Proofreaders do not need to be proficient in English.
Currently this subcommittee is not functional due to lack of trusted servants. If you would like to get involved in this service, don’t heasitate to contact us.
The South Dade Area Website Subcommittee is made up of Narcotics Anonymous participants who oversee and maintain an accurate updated website in the South Dade Area to the fellowship of Narcotics Anonymous and the general public.
The purpose of the South Dade Area Website Subcommittee is to provide communication designed to enhance recovery, and build NA unity.
Acknowledging how difficult December holidays can be for many addicts, every year the South Dade Area of Narcotics Anonymous hosts a “24 Hour Room”. This is a place where addicts can go and spend time 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The period usually lasts for about 10-11 days, beginning around Dec. 22nd and ending around Jan 1st.
During those days NA groups do group shifts and host meetings. Some groups may host more than one meeting. Meetings usually run (for an hour) between noon and 10 p.m. every day.
The 24 Hour Room is run by addicts for addicts. Individual addicts can volunteer for 4-hour personal shifts which run 24 hours a day. During personal shifts volunteers make sure supplies (ice, cups, etc.) are available and that all areas are clean.
There’s a “living-room” with tables in which addicts can play table games. There’s food, fun, and fellowship. Together, we help each other stay clean one day at a time.
This ad-hoc committee is set up in October of each year.