What is Bergen Area?
The NA World Services Office defines an Area Service Committee (ASC) meeting as “the primary means by which the services of a local NA community are administered.”
The area committee is composed of group service representatives (GSRs), administrative officers (chairperson, vice chairperson, secretary, treasurer), subcommittee chairpersons, and the area’s regional committee members (RCMs).
Each area committee elects its own officers, subcommittee chairpersons, and RCMs .
Bergen Area is the local area meeting for Bergen County, NJ. For more insight into the purpose of Area meetings, please refer to the bottom of this page for a great description from the Santa Clarita ASC.
The Bergen Area Service Committee of NA (BASCNA) meeting is held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at:
Westwood United Church
105 Fairview Ave.
This meeting is open to anyone who wishes to attend.
Please scroll to the bottom of the page if you would like to read an excellent description of the type of work ASCs do, as described by the Santa Clarita Area of Narcotics Anonymous.
Bergen Area Meeting Practices
Bergen Area is currently in the middle of an extended trial of concensus-based decision-making (CBDM) to see if we, as an Area would like to implement this methodology to run our business. We have implemented a private message board to discuss this idea. All NA members are welcome to participate in our discussion. Please email the Chairperson and request an invitation to the board: email@example.com
Bergen Area details its policy and procedures for in the following booklet (Version 2017-3-21). By opening this file, you understand that this policy may be subject to additional updates.
Download the BASCNA Policy by clicking this link.
Group Service Representatives (GSRs)
The GSR is responsible for the following activities:
- Attending the area service committee (ASC) meeting regularly
- Serving as a member on ASC subcommittees
- Serving as a liaison between the group and the area
- Sharing responsibilities with the GSR-Alternate
- Keeping the group accurately registered with the World Service Office
Forms, Flyers, and Logos
Need literature for your group?
Print and fill out your Literature Order Form before you come to area.
Need a GSR Report Form?
Print and fill out your GSR Report Form before you come to area.
Need to make a flyer?
We are providing downloadable files containing approved NA Logo and Symbol artwork. This should assist groups and trusted servants in producing local use literature, flyers, meeting lists, etc.
Please bear in mind that use of NA trademarks is governed by the Fellowship Intellectual Property Trust (FIPT). These are trademarked images, and must be used with respect.
Additional Insight Into Area Service Committees
The Santa Clarita, CA, Area Meeting, has a great description on its website about ASC work:
“Workhorse” of the service structure — maybe that’s the best way to describe the area service committee. Most of the hands-on sort of delivering NA services to the groups and the community occurs at the area level.NA groups support meetings where addicts can share their recovery with one another. Only minimal organization is necessary to hold those meetings. But there’s lots more that can be done to further the aims of Narcotics Anonymous. Just as groups create an area committee to help them fulfill their primary purpose so the ASC creates subcommittees to do the actual work involved in delivering its direct services.
- NA panel presentations at addiction treatment centers and correctional facilities can reach addicts particularly in need of what we have to offer.
- Public information presentations to schools and community groups, mailings to addiction treatment professionals, meeting notices in newspapers, and public service announcements on local radio and television stations can help direct people to NA.
- Directories showing where and when NA groups in the area hold their recovery meetings can help addicts and others find nearby meetings being conducted at times convenient to them.
- A phoneline service can help addicts seeking recovery find a meeting in their area. It can also provide information about NA to interested community members.
- A ready supply of NA books and pamphlets can make it easier for groups to stock their literature tables.
- Social activities can help addicts feel more comfortable in their local NA community and increase unity and camaraderie among area members.
All of these services require a certain degree of organization, the complexity of which could easily divert NA groups from the week-in, week-out task of conducting Narcotics Anonymous meetings for their members. Most of these services also require more money and manpower than any single group could possible muster. How do groups stay focused on their primary purpose and still see that these other services are developed and maintained? In the words of NA’s Ninth Tradition, they “create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.” And the service committee closest to home, the committee best suited to provide the most direct service to the groups and the community, is the area service committee.
(Please note, I am in the process of getting formal permission to include Santa Clarita’s information on our site. In the meantime, I suspect they won’t mind, as long as they are being cited as the information source — https://scana.todayna.org )