Nar-Anon Anonymous, or Nar-Anon, is a support group for families and friends affected by a loved one’s addiction. They offer a 12-step program, similar to Alcoholics Anonymous, which is designed to help people recover from any effects of living with an addict. Nar-Anon offers group meetings, literature, and the support of those with similar hardships.
Addiction is a widespread issue. In its 2009 survey, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that an estimated 21.8 million Americans used illegal drugs in the month prior to the survey. These statistics do not include other drug abuse, such as abuse of alcohol or prescription drugs. Chances are you know someone who has a problem with addiction. If you are finding that someone else’s addiction is affecting your life, Nar-Anon may be able to help.
Nar-Anon can give advice on many approaches to dealing with a loved one’s addiction, including:
- The 3 A’s: awareness, acceptance and action
- Learning about enabling behavior
- Detaching with love
- Taking it one day at a time
If you need help in dealing with a loved one’s addiction and would like to find Nar-Anon support groups near you, call 1-888-287-0471 today for more information.
Did You Know?The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration claims that chemical dependency has become one the largest health and social issues in America?
The greatest strength of Nar-Anon is the support it offers. It is a community of people who face the same struggles every day. Others in the group will support you as you deal with the desperation you feel. The group’s goal is to help its members find peace in the relationships they have with addicts. They must admit they have no control over the addicts’ lives or addiction and that they should stop trying to change them.
Nar-Anon operates only to help its members. If you would like to join, you only need to attend a meeting. Its only requirement is to have a problem with someone’s addiction. It requires no membership fees or dues and is supported entirely through voluntary donations by members and through the sale of its literature. Normally, each group is self-sufficient, paying for expenses such as rental space and supplies on its own. This creates an atmosphere totally focused on recovery.
Did You Know?Alcohol and drug-addicted people are seven times more likely to get divorced?
Nar-Anon meetings vary from location to location. Information about meetings is scarce because all members must promise to keep the anonymity of those involved. Meetings can include speakers who tell their stories or provide information on ways to cope. Often, members tell their stories and talk about their struggles. Participation is normally voluntary.
The meetings offer the opportunity to meet people who can offer support and recommendations on dealing with addicted loved ones. If you would like to find Nar-Anon anonymous meetings near you, call 1-888-287-0471 today.
Did you know that alcohol is implicated in 25 to 50 percent of cases of maltreatment of women, and in 20 percent of cases of maltreatment of children?
What to Expect
Nar-Anon does not claim to offer an instant remedy for any problem; however, if you attend meetings, follow its 12-step program and try to get better, your life will almost certainly improve. The group structure allows you to share your story and struggles and begin healing. It also allows you meet people who can offer support outside of meetings. Often, other members are only a phone call away if you need someone to talk to.