To protect newcomers and minors from predatory or exploitative behavior and to ensure that our website is not being misused to facilitate criminal activity (including but not limited to being offered or asked for drugs), Private Messaging is disabled for anonymous guests.
Please do not circumvent this by providing your email address/phone number/messenger handle/social media link or any other form of communicating off the site.
NACHATROOM.ORG is safest and most effective when all communications are out in the open for members with some clean time/recovery to weigh in on. We are not a social media/dating site.
Our 3rd Tradition states that "the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using."
Our group is open to drug addicts or anyone who thinks they might have a drug problem. Please respect our room's NA and recovery focus or leave.
In accordance with Tradition Three, bans are only in effect as long as necessary to mitigate disruption/trolling. Our ban policy takes Tradition One into account, which states "Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends on NA unity." Our first obligation is to protect the GROUP, followed closely by the INDIVIDUAL.
We don't have any guidelines about participating in chat while under the influence so long as members who participate while intoxicated are not abusive or disruptive.
Our group pays dues/rent to the Never Alone Alano Club, which operates as an outside facility that hosts groups and meetings such as ours.
Staff from the NAAC have a zero tolerance policy for violent threats, illegal activity, and people who attack/DDOS their infrastructure. You can expect to be banned from their "premises."
Not all in attendance are in recovery or working the Narcotics Anonymous program. Many of our chatters are in the pre-contemplation stage where they're not even sure if they NEED help. We are in all stages of recovery here. We expect people to be courteous and compassionate towards one another, and especially to the sick and suffering addict who has not found a solution.
Where individuals are concerned, the newcomer comes first and foremost. Personal attacks and confrontational attitudes (begging someone to go to a meeting, forcefully shoving someone in one direction without listening to them) are not aligned with the mission of NACHATROOM.ORG.
Nitpicking a visitor in the pre-contemplation stage over the "clarity statement" or bludgeoning them with your concept of "NA purity" is not constructive or received well and turns people off. Please respect boundaries and social cues when this type of approach is clearly unwelcome.
Some people are not ready or able to go to a meeting. They are welcome to chat and participate in our meetings -- free from harassment or being bossed around or shoved into any direction.
Are you using alcohol and/or other drugs in a way that is harmful to your mind and body or causing other problems in your life? We're here to help those who want to stop using and find a new way to live, whether or not they identify as an "addict" at this time.
Moderators are unpaid volunteers who are here to socialize, support each other, and try to enjoy the place too. Please use !report if there is a serious disruption and it is not being addressed. Over time, most moderators develop a live and let live attitude. Moderators have a color symbol next to their names, it is their job to refocus the discussion if it is getting out of hand.
Arguing, fighting, and abusive conduct are not conducive to the desired environment here. In most cases, a ban will last 12 hours and you'll be asked to come back and try again tomorrow.
Instead of a long and exhausting list of rules, the tone and content of the room is at the discretion of the moderators on duty. If they ask you to knock something off, please keep the peace and knock it off. We're all addicts, we're all slightly bent and we have a sense of humor. Just don't push the envelope too far with gratuitous sexual/obscene/edgy language.
Rather than arguing with a moderator in public, pleaase use the contact form to report concerns. We have an OPEN DOOR POLICY and will review a conversation and provide coaching to our volunteers. Your admin team are NAAC directors Robert, Mike, and Robin. We will objectively review feedback about our admins as we would with any other staff member.
We don't have any room on the team for moderators who use newcomers as a punching bag, ridicule and bait them, or treat them unjustly. Use the contact form to report concerns.
Moderators do NOT have to LIKE eachother, but they MUST treat one another with RESPECT.
Speak freely when using the contact form. NACHATROOM.ORG has a non-retaliation policy, meaning you can provide candid (non-threatening) feedback on any moderator or policy.
No religious prosetylization or controversial subjects - Such as MAT (Subs), Politics, Religion, AA versus NA, etc. There are 100,000,000,000 places on the Internet where you can go find an argument or be told how you should vote and this site is not one of them. The moderators will ask you to knock it off. Overall, heated arguments about any subject are disruptive and a newcomer joining in the middle of it may decide they're in the wrong place and leave.
If you have a medical or mental health EMERGENCY, you will be asked to leave and contact Emergency Services (i.e. "911") or go to the nearest emergency room. If you have a true medical emergency, you need a doctor not a chatroom.
If we have a visitor struggling with suicidal ideation PLEASE use the !suicide macro in the chatroom. The suicide macro has a quick checklist: Do you have a plan? Do you have the means? Can you agree to remain safe for the next 24 hours? Ongoing discussion may be triggering or upsetting to members prone to ideation or self harm. Visitors who cannot agree to remain safe for the next 24 hours are in crisis and need to call Emergency Services or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. For members who do not have a plan, and agree to remain safe, the chatroom may help them feel less isolated or depressed. But the chatroom is not an appropriate place for a crisis intervention.
Outside links must be recovery related and not personal in nature ("self promotion") -- We want everyone to get the right help. If a member can't find a nearby NA meeting or has an outside issue other than drug addiction, you may link to other 12-step fellowships.
Narcotics Anonymous World Services objects to NA groups publicly hosting the NA Basic Text. Any links to NA publications, bulletins, and informational pamphlets (IPs) must link directly to those materials on NA.ORG and be available at no cost. We take no position on group members sharing materials so long as they heed "NA Intellectual Property Bulletin #1" (link). Copyrighted materials must NEVER be made available for direct download from NACHATROOM.ORG by request of NAWS legal team, regardless of whether they are free or provided for a cost.
Participation is only open to addicts or people who think they have a drug problem. We do not want to complete surveys or read your book or your blog. Promotion of for-profit treatment centers/sober living / etc is not allowed from headhunters or staff of those facilities.
NACHATROOM.ORG does not cooperate with courts, clinics, or supervision officials. Any cards purporting to verify online meeting attendance at NACHATROOM.ORG are not authentic.
We do not police individual members sex conduct but if a pattern of unwanted sexual advances is brought to our attention this may be considered predatory behavior and result in a ban. We only deal in screen shots and facts, not allegations gossip and rumors.
No abusive behavior. This includes threats, personal insults, hate speech, racism, sexism, homophobic remarks, encouraging suicide, promoting drinking or using over recovery, and other matters inappropriate for a recovery forum. These are the "bottom line" rules of the NAAC.
Language that stigmatizes the mentally ill (or those perceived as mentally ill) is discriminatory and has no place on this website. Telling members they "aren't clean" due to psychotripic medications is not allowed here. Please see NA IP "In Times of Illness" for further information.
We're trans friendly as fuck and we will show you the door if you bully our LGBTQ members.
(This site was created by one of them, don't expect us to cheer you on.)
We are not Narcotics Anonymous. We are a group of Narcotics Anonymous. For those who do not understand the difference, this is a chatroom where we try to carry the NA message to the newcomer seeking information about NA. We are here to welcome and encourage the newcomer, but also to socialize and support each other. The room is open 24/7 and the topic may or may not be recovery related when there is NOT a meeting in progress.