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NACHATROOM.NET MEETING TIMES

Online meetings are held every day at 3:00pm and 8:00pm EST.

There is an 11:11PM EST meeting held on Friday and Saturday nights.

EU visitors: Meetings at 7pm/12am GMT

You can also type !nextmeeting into the chat to see how many hours until our next meeting.

All Links open in new windows so as to not interrupt chat.

NACHATROOM.NET - General Guidelines/FAQ

"All are welcome, but not all behaviors."

"I don't care to belong to any club that will have me as a member" -- Groucho Marx

We allow near-instantaneous and anonymous access to our chatroom with no registration required. Please don't take advantage of that by being disruptive or violating our rules.

Be kind.

Be kind. If you can't be kind, at least be civil.

Look, I need help. This is bullshit.

Please type !help if you need help urgently or have a burning desire to use. We'll cut the chit chat and ask what's up. This is why we're here.

Holy Rule 62, Batman! This is a lot of rules!

Yep, it's the Internet and it takes a lot of patience and effort for the moderators to maintain a safe and friendly atmosphere of recovery. These guidelines are here to help us set the tone here, but thanks for being civic-minded and checking them out! There won't be a quiz.

We realize most people won't read this, so if you want to bring someone's attention to a particular !rules , there's a command after every rule such as !sourcing or !crosstalk (see below.) We rely on our mods to be familiar with this document and redirect or change the subject in chat when neccessary.

This is a manual for the moderators and for group members who make an avocation of hanging out here welcoming and helping newcomers regularly. We wish to be helpful to others. These guidelines are here so that we can all approach these situations, work with others effectively, and enforce these rules consistently.

What are these "steps" everyone keeps talking about?

This section can be played by typing !123

Step 1: We admitted that we were powerless over our addiction, that our lives had become unmanageable.

Commentary: Some of us already knew this before we came to NA. Powerlessness can mean different things to people. To me, it means I just couldn't stop or stay stopped when I wanted to stop using, or that "I want to use, knowing full well the destruction and devastation that it causes." Unmanageability presented itself in my life in more ways than I even want to get into right now.

Click here to read Step 1 in the NA Step Working Guide.

Step 2: We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Commentary: "Insanity" doesn't mean you're mentally ill, and it isn't about intoxicated behavior. Grandma might do some pretty messed up stuff too if she was drunk or high enough. "Insanity" more or less means (see above) "I want to use, knowing full well the destruction and devastation that it causes."

In Step 2, we've talked to some other members or watched them grow or give testamonials to how their lives have changed, and we start to think "Maybe that can be removed from me. Maybe this will work for me too."

Click here to read Step 2 in the NA Step Working Guide.

Step 3: We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

Commentary: We decide we're going to try to do things the NA way: Meetings and working the 12 steps of NA with a sponsor.

Click here to read Step 3 in the NA Step Working Guide.

If you've arrived at this point then you are already well on your way. A sponsor will read through the Basic Text or Step Working Guide with you and explain the steps to you, hopefully in a way that makes them accessible and relatable.

You can click here to see the 12 steps of Narcotics Anonymous/How It Works

Here are the rest of the steps in the SWG: Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10 Step 11 Step 12

I hate all of your suggestions. I'm not doing that.

This section can be played by typing !suggestions

The NA program consists of attending regular face-to-face 12-step meetings of NA (where possible) and working the 12 steps of Narcotics Anonymous with a sponsor, whom you find at those meetings.

We tend to put in a plug for all of that since it is what's keeping us clean.

If you're not sure you are ready to attend meetings -- please just say so, and you are welcome to attend our online meetings or just chat with addicts here in ALL stages of their recovery.

When I was out there, if you offered me something and said it was going to get me fucked up, I probably said "yes" and accepted it.

We're offering you things and telling you that they will get/keep you clean. What say you?

Speak from the "I."

We ask that you refrain from speaking in the imperative. That means don't tell others what they should or must do. It's better to phrase your advice in terms of your own story, talking about what worked for you.

Bad: "You should do X"

Good: "When I was in your situation, I did X, and here is how it worked out for me..."

Telling someone that they need to do something is inappropriate. Remember, not everyone takes the same path to their recovery or their program, and what works for you may not work for others. All any of us can do is tell our own story and hope that others find the similarities themselves.

"Strongly recommending" something is not "speaking from the I."

Members who are not clean:

We don't mind if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs when you chat here, as long as you are not disruptive.

Members who are disruptive:

By group conscience if you are disruptive you may be asked to leave for 24 hours (up to 30 days for abusive behavior or repeat bans.)

Please bring disruptions to our attention by clicking on that person's nickname: Click on "IGNORE" and "REPORT." This will page the moderators!

PLEASE safeguard your identity/real name:

PLEASE SAFEGUARD YOUR ANONYMITY. BE CAREFUL DISCLOSING YOUR IDENTITY OR FULL NAME. NOT EVERYONE HERE IS WORKING THE 12 STEPS OR UNDERSTANDS/RESPECTS YOUR ANONYMITY.

TOR/Proxies/VPN/Anonymous Services:

Due to harassing/annoying behavior from anonymous IP addresses we've added a third party blacklist that bans detectable VPN, Tor Exit Nodes, and open proxies. Click here to see if you're on the blacklist. !tor

Why am I banned? I didn't do anything wrong!

We do seem to attract people with resentments against Narcotics Anonymous (we are not NA, they're at na.org) or our website/group. Some of us "needed" to get clean years before we "wanted" to get clean, and are really pissed off about it "coming to this."

Whatever the reason, some individuals are rather persistent and have a harder time letting go than others. Our moderators try to keep the chatroom as safe and as secure as we can and minimize these disruptions.

Sometimes there is collateral damage that bans innocent bystanders. We apologize and we would like to help you if you're banned and have no idea why. Please Google for "what is my IP address?" and email [email protected] with it.

I am banned and I DID do something wrong!

Google for "what is my IP address?" and email [email protected] with your nickname. If you're like "OK, I was drunk" or "OK, I was out of line" and promise to behave, we'll remove the ban except in the case of people we've had to ban over and over again.

Serious talk vs Chit Chat

Conversation in the IRC channel is not always about not addiction and recovery. Playing around & having fun is commonplace, but helping others comes first. If you need to talk about something serious, speak up or type !help. If you're in the channel having fun and someone asks to talk about something serious, please be courteous and put the joking on hold.

That said, do recognize that cross-conversations in IRC are the norm. It's the nature of the beast. Don't be offended if others are engaging in a separate conversation while you're speaking.

Recovery comes first.

If you are having an off-topic conversation & a new person joins, it is polite to put that conversation on hold and welcome the newcomer to the room.

NACHATROOM.NET - Chatroom Rules

  • Our 3rd Tradition states that "the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using." If you're not sure you're an addict (or have a desire) but you think your life would be better if you stopped using drugs, you're probably in the right place. !desire

  • We do all moderating in-channel, not via PM. If you violate any of the rules, a community member may bring it to your attention and ask that you stop. Apologize and move on, or ask for a clarification if you're unclear on what you did wrong. Being asked to stop is not an invitation to debate the merits of the rule. !stop

  • During our 2-3 daily scheduled NA meetings (when "meetingchair" is present) it's customary to not "cross talk," comment, or give advice after someone "shares" Our scheduled meetings are a judgement and confrontation-free zone. !crosstalk

  • No "sourcing" drugs, do not ask for a drug dealer, ask for drugs, or offer drugs. This is grounds for demotion and/or 90-day ban with no warning. !sourcing

  • NACHATROOM.NET does not sign court slips or verify attendance. Since everyone connects anonymously, we cannot confirm or deny that you were actually the person chatting here. !court

  • Do not ask other members to loan or gift you money or solicit them as clients for professional services. !predatory

  • 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. !abuse

  • Please respect the privacy of all members. Do not repeatedly ask for contact information or post personally identifying information about yourself or other members. What you see here, what you hear here, when you leave here, let it stay here. !anonymity

  • We take your privacy and anonymity VERY seriously. Group members who air personal vendettas or attacks on social media sites (i.e. Facebook) will be permanently banned if we see screenshots of it. Remember when we said safeguard your identity/real name?

  • We consider the following topics controversial and we will change the subject if they come up: Politics, Religion, "sub drugs," "taking medications as prescribed," and "AA vs. NA." !controversy

  • It is inappropriate to request or offer to communicate with someone via PM (until you have gotten to know them a little in the channel), Skype, text message, telephone, Facebook, email, etc. !pm

  • As stated above, please safeguard your anonymity! Be careful disclosing your identity or full name. Not everyone here is working the 12 steps or understands/respects your anonymity. !realname

  • We strive to create a helpful and safe environment. NACHATROOM.NET is most helpful when all community members have a chance to weigh in. NACHATROOM.NET is safest when all communications are done out in the open. !pm

  • We do not offer "online sponsorship" or have enough volunteers to work with everyone one-on-one in PM due to the fact that we get 300-500 people entering the chatroom daily and we only have about 100-200 regular group members. !onlinesponsor

  • Be friendly with your friends. We allow profanity, just do not direct it at other members (including our service team) in an abusive manner. !abuse

  • This is not a "drug chat," if you are a regular member then you already know not to name specific drugs. Please knock it off. !drugname

  • If a newcomer mentions a drug name please do not browbeat them. Just acknowledge that this helps us understand what they're going through and how we can help, but that we need to steer the conversation away from using and drugs, to the solution and "what you are going to do about your drug problem and how we can help." !drugname

  • That said, recommending or glorifying drug use (legal or illegal, past or present) is unacceptable. You will get one warning, then a kick, then a ban, whether you are a "newcomer" or a "regular." !drugname

  • Please try to avoid asking for and giving medical advice. This doesn't mean that you can't discuss your experience with certain procedures, or ask others to share their experiences. But please recognize that talking to a physician is the best (and safest) way to get medical advice. If you have a medical emergency please log off and get medical attention, we cannot help you with that. !medical

  • No surveys or professionals/providers looking for input "from addicts." This is a support group. People do not like to be poked at and prodded while they're in their support group. !industry

  • NA bashing/debate -- we're not here for that. Our primary purpose is to carry the message of NA to the addict who still suffers. There are many websites where 12-step bashing/debate is THEIR primary purpose, go find one. !debate

  • This is not a dating/hookup site. Don't age/sex/location us, beg for members of the opposite sex to PM you. You will only get one warning. !hookups

  • All recovery-related discussion is welcome, share whatever inspires you to stay clean today. However, we are an NA group and when in doubt we carry the message of NA using NA literature and NA terminology. Using the !clarity command will include this and the text of the NA Clarity Statement.


    A couple of these rules are adapted or borrowed in their entirety (with the mods permission) from /r/stopdrinking on Reddit. This is, after all the Internet, and recovery-related chatrooms usually tend to encounter the same questions or issues.

    While we're at it, the hunting game and exercise reminders were their idea too, but we offered them confetti and gratitude in exchange! If you don't feel like NACHATROOM.NET is a good fit for you, feel free to check them out. We just want you to recover from addiction.


    We try our best to make this as friendly and as safe of a chatroom as it can be. Moderating here is not a paid job and we may not be watching 24/7. We count on you to use the REPORT and IGNORE options in the nickname list when there is a problem and we're not here!

    Please bear in mind that defiance/anger is not an unusual trait for a newcomer/addict, and we sometimes have outbursts from individuals who may be under the influence.


    Our moderators strive to be as compassionate and patient as possible, but if you're mouthing off and calling them names or bitching at them relentlessly, remember that they are unpaid volunteers -- both humans, and addicts just like you. This tests our patience.

    We do this day in and day out because we care about you and we want you to stop using and find a new way to live. "We keep what we have by giving it away."

    We will be extra appreciative if you are friendly with your new friends. And we will try our best to love you even if you are not.

    Finally -- If you actually read this far, you are awesome! Thank you for your interest in helping us maintain the safe atmosphere of recovery that our moderators are here to try to help you have! If you want to be a part of that and chair meetings, please let us know!


    But... I don't want to be respectful!

    If you cannot or will not treat others with respect while visiting nachatroom.net, there are about a half dozen other online NA groups, and 63000+ NA groups worldwide that you can visit instead. Find an NA Meeting in your area.

    Any two or three addicts gathered together may call themselves an N.A. group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation. This website is not endorsed by any Narcotics Anonymous entity other than NACHATROOM.NET.