Maine Area Service Committee of Narcotics Anonymous
The primary purpose of an NA group is to carry the message to the addict who still suffers by providing a setting for identification and recovery where an addict can come for help if he or she has a desire to stop using. The purpose of an Area Service Committee is to be supportive to the NA Group and its primary purpose by associating the Group with other groups locally and by helping the Group deal with its day-to-day problems and needs.
MASCNA Statement of Purpose
To unify the groups within the Area, help the groups carry the message to the addict who still suffers, and build a sense of community among recovering addicts in the Maine Area. We are a pooling place where all opinions are welcome so a loving higher power may prevail to meet the needs of the participating groups. This committee is directly responsible to the participating groups, as voiced through Group Service Representatives (GSRs). The final responsibility and authority for NA services rests with the NA groups.
The MASCNA consists of an executive committee and a number of committees formed to perform specific duties. Both the executive committee and the various committees are accountable to the groups. Each group is represented by a Group Service Representative; these select leaders, delegate responsibility, and develop policy for the MASCNA.
Please help the activities committee decide future events to host. What do you think of bowling, roller skating, poetry nights, plays and skits, or open mike nights? We’d love to hear from you. E-mail your thoughts and suggestions, or better yet come to the next Activities Subcommittee meeting.
The foundation for our program of recovery is the Twelve Steps as described in our literature. The literature committee was created to make NA approved literature available locally to the groups and to provide a forum for review and input for development of our literature. Literature is available for sale to the groups at area service meetings. In order to purchase literature at area service you must complete an order form. Order forms can be downloaded from this website and are provided at the area service meeting. Note that all literature provided by the Maine Area must be picked up at the Area Service Committee meeting. If you wish to have literature shipped to you, please contact Narcotics Anonymous World Services
The purpose of Fellowship Development in Narcotics Anonymous in Maine is to foster its growth and enhance its efforts. We currently (spring 2018) are working some exciting new ideas for FD. Please check back for more.
Hospitals & Institutions
The purpose of an H&I meeting is to carry the NA message of recovery to addicts who do not have full access to regular Narcotics Anonymous meetings. H&I meetings/presentations, except for those in longer term facilities, are intended to simply introduce those attending to some of the basics of the NA program.
The Maine Area Outreach committee’s purpose is to support isolated groups on behalf of the Maine Area. Our fellowship development efforts are focused on providing supportive services to Narcotics Anonymous groups in need. Often an isolated group will reach out to the Maine Area for help. The Outreach Committee regularly travels to groups who have asked for our support. The Outreach Committee is a point of communication, welcoming isolated groups and informing them of the support available from the Maine Area of Narcotics Anonymous. Often a simple introduction to what the Maine Area is, how to participate, and what to expect at a Maine Area Service Committee meeting is sufficient to empower an isolated group with access to the resources available in the fellowship.
The Maine Area helpline provides direct access to our members for addicts seeking help. The purpose of the Phone Line coordinator is to maintain the helpline and respond to messages left with the phone service.
The purpose of public relations work in Narcotics Anonymous is to inform the public that NA exists and offers recovery from the disease of addiction. A public relations committee helps to ensure that accurate information about our fellowship is available to the public. The Maine Area Public Relations (PR) Committee has been given the responsibility of public relations efforts for the Maine Area, maintaining a phone line, maintaining a website, and publishing meeting lists six times a year.
The purpose of the policy committee is to maintain the Maine Area guidelines. The policy committee edits the guidelines document to make sure it has the latest policy decisions. It also checks the guidelines for consistency and makes recommendations for improvements.
There is one major event sponsored by the MASCNA each year: the Miracle Convention in September. The planning and organization of this event is done by a committee. This event is planned and organized by volunteers throughout each year.
The Maine Area website is designed to be a resource for NA members, addicts seeking recovery, and the general public. Its content is the responsibility of the MASCNA and is not meant to represent any particular group or NA as a whole. The website is updated and maintained by a volunteer NA member under the direction of the MASCNA.
The First Concept of NA service says, “To fulfill our fellowship’s primary purpose, the NA groups have joined together to create a structure which develops, coordinates and maintains services on behalf of NA as whole.” The purpose of the Maine Area Inventory Planning Committee is to assess how well the Maine Area Service Committee of NA (MASCNA) is making our message of recovery available and accessible to everyone in our community, and to make recommendations to MASCNA wherever possible to meet this end. Area inventory is done every two years by an ad-hoc committee which will be dissolved at the end of the project.