Starting an Media Anonymous Group
When starting a group, the first priority is to secure a regular meeting location. Try to find a facility that is conducive to an atmosphere of recovery and will allow room for the meeting to grow. It is important to find a location that will allow the group to practice the Sixth Tradition, which states:
An MAgroup ought never endorse, finance, or lend the MA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, or prestige divert us from our primary purpose
This principle of nonaffiliation allows the group to develop its own autonomy.
After securing a location, establish the time and day of the week, make arrangements for opening and closing the meeting space, and any other preparations necessary. Tradition Seven tells us:
Every MA group ought to be fully selfsupporting, declining outside contributions.
In keeping with the Seventh Tradition, establish a means of paying rent for the facility; MA groups must always be self-supporting. The group responsibilities (opening the room, making beverages that do not contain caffeine, sucrose available, providing literature, cleaning up, etc.) are best shared by two or more addicts.
Some groups have lost their meeting space because they failed to properly care for the meeting facility. But if we try to leave the room better than we found it, we protect the atmosphere of recovery and the reputation of Media Anonymous.
If the meeting is slow in getting started, be patient. Experience proves it will grow. Support can be generated by contacting the nearest area or regional committee, making announcements at other meetings, and by distributing flyers.
From IP#2 - The Group
We strongly suggest you read IP #2 in its entirety when considering starting a new group.
Our regional service office, Media Anonymous World Service Office (WSO) , offers a free group starter kit to new groups in Media Anonymous World Service (Inc.). Instructions on how to apply for the free kit.
The publication A Guide to Local Services in Media Anonymous fully describes our service structure from the group level to the regional service committee. It is an excellent guide to group formation; responsibilities of trusted servants etc and can be purchased from the Media Anonymous World Service Office (WSO).
Following is a checklist of the things most groups feel are important to address before opening their first meeting.
Get in touch with the nearest service committee. An area committee meeting is the ideal place for announcing your intention to start a new group.
There, you can gather experience from representatives of other groups in the area, and learn of the services available to your group when you need them. If you're in an isolated area or don't know how to contact your nearest service committee contact the regional Outreach committee at email@example.com instead.
Determine the following points