ARNA – The Autonomous Region of Narcotics Anonymous is a Region that is served by a Non-Administrative service and information structure, called the Autonomous Region Service Committee (ARSC). Our vision is the fulfillment of Tradition Four becoming a reality: “Each group should be autonomous except for matters affecting other groups or N.A. as a whole.” The purpose of the ARSC is presently being carried out in the spirit of Tradition Nine. Our services are directly responsible to those we serve. Why? Because ARNA is free from the guidance of the Twelve Concepts that make other organizational service boards and committees NOT responsible to those they serve. You cannot delegate a loving God as He may express Himself in our Groups’ consciences.
Many groups have joined our Region because they do not want an Administrative Structure to use the Twelve Concepts to Rule, Censor, Decide, Dictate, Govern, or Control them as NA non-autonomous groups. ARNA groups are free to study the Grey Book, 3rd Edition Revised Basic Text, or any other historical N.A. Literature in our meetings. Groups join ARNA because they believe Narcotics Anonymous addicts have the right to print recovery literature that was written freely by addicts for addicts and are within the guidelines of our 12 Traditions. We believe that our message should be given freely to still suffering addicts all over the World whenever possible.
ARSC team members serve and inform the groups in a Spirit of love by coordinating or cooperating in activities such as monthly Newsletters, Hot-line support, Jails and Institutional outreach, sharing group anniversaries, events, announcements, and helping groups buy or print their own literature, key tags, IP, etc. as needed.
ARNA believes in the newcomers, and our primary purpose to help addicts still suffering is critical for our survival. We believe that our NA literature is the greatest literature in the world to aid the recovering addicts in getting an active change in our attitudes, ideas, and behavior. Our services include free Narcotics Anonymous Literature wherever there is none.
Originally the ARNA Region was formed to support a petition to put our fellowship intellectual property trust (FIPT) in a safe place. How do we define a safe place? A safe place would be a place that does not carry the Narcotics Anonymous name, that does not abuse the integrity of our literature in support of the Drug Treatment Industry, instead of supporting the still suffering addicts.