Tradition 4 states that – Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or NA as a whole. This tradition helps accommodate variations in meeting format due to venue time constraints, day and time of the week, and for differences in local culture to a certain extent.

What this means is that as you go from meeting to meeting you may discover a variation in which¬† basic text preambles are used and specific changes to service members’ preambles.

Basic text preambles are the cornerstone of all readings at any meeting. Here are some you may find useful. Some groups colour code these to help keep track during the meeting.

Basic Text Preambles:

Who is an addict?

Why are we here?

What is the NA Program?

How it works

The twelve traditions of NA

We do recover

Just for today

Service member preambles vary from group to group, but here are some examples currently being used in the Western Cape..

Chairperson preamble:




Secretary Preamble:


English V2

Literature Preamble: