PO box 5793,
The Hospitals & Institutions sub-committee of the Eastern Area Service Committee of Ireland is a group of men and women, members of Narcotics Anonymous, who believe in the concept:
TO ASSURE THAT NO ADDICT IN A HOSPITAL OR INSTITUTION SEEKING RECOVERY NEED DIE WITHOUT HAVING HAD A CHANCE TO FIND A BETTER WAY OF LIFE.
This will insure that when an addict who is housed in a correctional facility, hospital or treatment center reaches out for recovery, Narcotics Anonymous will be there. This concept is our primary concern. The purpose of a H&I sub-committee is to carry the NA message of recovery to addicts who do not have full access to regular Narcotics Anonymous meetings.
The ultimate purpose of the H&I sub-committee is to get the Narcotics Anonymous message of recovery to any addict whose attendance at regular N.A. meetings is restricted. The H&I sub-committee plays a central role in the overall service effort. It initiates, co-ordinates, and conducts all H&I meetings and activities within the area. The sub-committee is the hub of H&I planning and organization. The H&I committee is a sub-committee of the eastern area service committee (EASC). Its chairperson reports to and is accountable to the EASC. The sub-committee is comprised of a chairperson, vice-chairperson, literature co-ordinator and other H&I sub-committee elected members to fulfill particular roles as the need arises. To become involved in H&I service at committee level it is expected that you have some experience of service within treatment centers, detox facilities, prisons, or you have some experience within other sub-committees of the EASC. Also, the clean time requirements for H&I sub-committee chairperson is two years and all other positions are one year. In addition to this, it is vital that all members involved in the sub-committee carry out their roles in accordance with the twelve concepts of Narcotic Anonymous service. These concepts are available at the top of the page. The above requirements are guidelines only and are not designed to serve as a barrier to anyone who expresses a desire to become involved in H&I sub-committee service.
For a list of facilities in which the H&I sub-committee currently facilitate NA meetings in the Eastern area please follow the link at the top of the page.
- Any member of the H&I sub-committee is automatically disqualified from further H&I activity upon relapse, but may again become eligible when he or she meets the clean time requirements. Being clean for the purpose of this H&I sub-committee shall be defined as complete abstinence from all drugs.
- Any member not meeting these requirements or any other which may be added later, or who refuses to abide by the rules and regulations of the facility, shall automatically be relieved from any H&I sub-committee assignments.
- No Narcotics Anonymous meeting regularly conducted under the remit of the H&I sub-committee should be held in any facility except when directly supervised by the H&I sub-committee or its delegated leader (secretary or H&I delegated member). This appointment must be acceptable to the facility being served, this means that an agreement has been reached between H&I and the facility on all aspects of the particular meeting being conducted.
- Any N.A. member, who is involved with a given facility on a professional or volunteer basis, should not participate on the panel serving that facility. This is intended to avoid possible conflict and the resulting damage to:
- The inmate, residents, clients or patients inside.
- The working ability and privilege of the sub-committee to carry the message inside the facility.
- For the same reason, no H&I member will interfere with or use influence in any facility, court, or hospital, nor with any judge, doctor, probation officer. Further, H&I members will not make any comments or promises regarding employment, probation, or medical problems. We carry only the message of Narcotics Anonymous: recovery from active addiction through our spiritual program.
- Narcotics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the N.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
Information accurate as of 16/7/2010