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Nar-Anon – Help For The Families of Addicts

Nar-Anon is a worldwide, non-profit organization designed to help people who are involved in relationships with a drug addict. Most people who are related to an addict or an alcohol in some form, need help to cope with the problems and stress.

  • It is a free support group which helps wives, parents and friends of addicts

This organization is a worldwide fellowship for those affected by someone else’s addiction. As a Twelve-Step Program, it offers help by sharing experience, strength, and hope.

The name is a combination of the first portion of the words (Nar)cotics (Anon)ymous. Nar-Anon defines itself as an independent fellowship with the stated purpose of “helping relatives and friends of addicts. Nar-Anon is a free nationwide network of support groups for people in relationships with addicts. It offers strength and hope for friends and families of drug abusers.

  • It is a 12 Step organization.

Many people come to Nar-Anon to get help in stopping someone else’s drug use. However, Nar-Anon, as a program, recognizes that the friends and families of drug addicts are often traumatized themselves, and in need of emotional support and understanding.

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The only requirement for membership is there be a problem of addiction in a relative or friend. Their recovery program is adapted from Narcotics Anonymous and uses the12 Steps and 12 Traditions.

There are no dues or fees. Each group is self-supporting and collects donations that are used for local expenses such as room rent and supplies. Group and member contributions support the World Service Office.


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