(The first regularly scheduled Narcotics Anonymous meeting is held in the state of Maryland on Wednesday night June 11, 1980, St. Andrew’s Church in College Park.)
June 4, 1980, Narcotics Anonymous comes to the Riverdale Club. The first time that I heard the words Narcotics and Anonymous spoken together in one breath I was sitting in the Riverdale Club just barely managing to hold down a seat and waiting for the next A.A. meeting to start when in walked Gregg. I wasn’t using, but I was far from happy. To say that I did not want to be there was a gross misstatement. I did not want to be there and they, the AAer’s, in turn did not want me there. However, I felt there was nowhere else for me to go. I was caught between two worlds.
Gregg Raducca was a student up here from Atlanta Georgia planning to attend the University of Maryland in the fall. He walked right up to the man sitting behind the desk and proudly announced that his name was Gregg, that he was an addict, and does he know where the Narcotics Anonymous meetings are? The man looked slowly up from the desk, adjusted his glasses, looked Gregg dead in the eyes and said; “THERE ARE NO ADDICTS HERE…AND WHAT THE FUCK IS NORCOTICS ANONYMOUS?” Gregg simply smiled and reached around pulling something from his back pocket and placing it on the desk in front of him. This would be the very time that I would see it, ’The Little White Book’, but it would not be the last. As he turned to leave, I remember hearing the words that would change my life forever! He said; “I am starting a N.A. meeting, and the first meeting will be a week from today (June 11th) at St. Andrew’s Church 8:30 – 9:30p.m.“ He then removed a small stack of flyers from his backpack and politely asked if the man behind the desk would please hand them out to anyone who mentioned “DRUGS!” He said that he would be more than glad to do so. As Gregg was leaving, he said loud enough for all to hear; “REMEMBER, ONE WEEK FROM TONIGHT, 8:30 p.m., St. Andrew’s Church!”
I did not go to that first meeting. Even though I was uncomfortable sitting in A.A. meetings, I was scared to leave. A.A. was better than nothing. I had no place else to go. I did not want to go back to using. I could not go back to using. The alternative was death. However, my housemate did go and he loved it. I did go with him the following week and I loved it. And so begins the miracle. I never looked back. Whenever there was an N.A. meeting within 50 miles or so I was there. I was hooked. Six weeks later, on/or about July 27, 1980 the second meeting in the state begins. My housemate and myself start the Sunday night open discussion meeting of Narcotics Anonymous at the Holly Redeemer Church in Berwyn. It wasn’t long after Berwyn opened its doors that the membership of Prince George’s County N.A. really began to grow.