Nar-Anon: Help for Family & Friends of Addicts

Nar-Anon Help for Family & Friends of Addicts - TransformationCare

Having a friend or family member that’s struggling with addiction is frustrating and even scary. How do you cope with and continue to have a relationship with a hard-core addict? Transformations Care has the experience, both personal and professional, to not only help your loved one get sober, but to help you get through this tough time as well. For you to continue to have a relationship with a person that’s addicted to drugs, you’ll need the support to cope.

What is Nar-Anon?

Nar-Anon is a recovery support group for the friends and family members of those struggling with drug addiction. Even if your loved one is still in complete denial about their addiction, Nar-Anon is a great resource for loved ones to get the support and advice they need. You can pretty much find a Nar-Anon group in any city and they typically have multiple group sessions a day for you to choose from (some of which are online!). Need help finding a support group for the addicted loved one? Give Transformations Care a call and we’ll help you find the best option near you. 

What Happens in Nar-Anon?

Nar-Anon follows closely to the 12 steps of NA (Narcotics Anonymous) and live by these 12 traditions:

  • Our common welfare should come first; personal progress for the greatest number depends on unity.
  • For our group purposes there is but one authority — a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants — they do not govern.
  • The relatives of addicts, when gathered for mutual aid, may call themselves a Nar-Anon Family Group, provided that as a group, they have no other affiliation. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of addiction in a relative or friend.
  • Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other Nar-Anon Family Groups, or NA as a whole.
  • Each Nar-Anon Family Group has but one purpose; to help families of addicts. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps of Nar-Anon, by encouraging and understanding our addicted relatives, and by welcoming and giving comfort to families of addicts.
  • Our Family Groups ought never to endorse, finance or lend our name to any outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary spiritual aim; but although a separate entity, we should always cooperate with Narcotics Anonymous.
  • Every group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  • Nar-Anon Twelfth Step work should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  • Our groups, as such ought never to be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  • The Nar-Anon Family Groups have no opinion on outside issues; hence our name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
  • Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, films, internet and other forms of mass media. We need guard with special care the anonymity of all NA members.
  • Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles above personalities.

Every Nar-Anon meeting is different and may follow a different “routine” during their meetings. Some strictly read from Nar-Anon literature and others are open for just shooting the sh*t. When attending a meeting you’ll typically come across the opportunity to share with the group your thoughts and frustrations — or you can just sit and listen. Either way, know you’re not alone in your struggles with loving an addict. Nar-Anon gives you a safe community because your feelings are just as important as your loved one’s. 

While Nar-Anon incorporates spirituality in their steps to healing, there are other secular support groups that you can attend. Give us a call to find alternative support meetings for the loved ones of addicts. 

Drug Rehab for Your Loved One

At Transformations Care, we can help your loved one get clean and sober — before it’s too late. And as long as they’re alive, it’s never too late for anyone. Once they’re here, you’re family to us, too. 

We are more than happy to provide suggestions for you to find family & friend support meetings. If you have any questions or believe your spouse may have a problem, give us a call at 424.339.0965.

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Getting Clean & Sober at Home

Today, more than 75% of hospitals and healthcare providers offer access to telehealth treatment, with 29 states having gone so far as to enact telehealth parity laws, which force insurance companies to reimburse patients for telehealth at the same rates as they would for in-person treatment.
 
 If you’ve been thinking about getting clean and sober, or if you’ve been wanting to work on and strengthen the recovery you already have, it’s never been easier to do it through telehealth.