Frequently Asked Questions
How do I start a meeting?
All it takes is two people and a place to meet. Once you find a location, you can let us know the time and location if you would like. We can put the information on our website. We have some information on our website here that may be helpful with starting your meeting. Our publication, Opiates Anonymous Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, also has information on how to start a meeting.
Do we have to register our meeting with World Services?
No. Each group is autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or Opiates Anonymous as a whole. While it is encouraged to let us know about a meeting, your group is independent from us. We are not authorities but rather we are here to be of service to you to help you carry the message. If you would like, we could put the meeting information on the website once you have all of the details.
Do you have pamphlets and literature?
Yes. We have some pamphlets and we use the book Alcoholics Anonymous as our guide and text since it is the original publication that started twelve step programs. We recently published our own book called Opiates Anonymous Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. It contains stories, medical statements and it has essays on the steps and traditions. We also have a Preamble, and a couple of readings which can be downloaded from the website.
Do you have chips and keytags?
No we do not sell chips or keytags. However, each group is autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or Opiates Anonymous as a whole. If your group would like, you could order these items from outside vendors. While we do not endorse any vendors in particular, others have found them on the internet.
What is your view on MAT (Medically Assisted Treatment)?
We have no opinion on outside issues such as how someone is medically detoxed. The only requirement for Opiates Anonymous membership is a desire to stop using opiates and all mind altering substances. Our primary purpose is to carry the message to the suffering addict on how we have recovered from drug addiction.
Are people on suboxone or methadone welcome at a meeting? Yes. The only requirement for Opiates Anonymous membership is a desire to stop using opiates and all mind altering substances.
Do you have online meetings? Yes. Since the COVID 19 pandemic in 2020, there are meetings available online. You can view the online meetings from the meeting list on our website.