|for Families, Friends, and Relatives of Drug Abusers|
|Phone: (800) 477-6291
Nar-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc.
22527 Crenshaw Blvd. Suite 200B
Torrance, CA 90505 USA
or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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|We Meet To:
- Learn Drug Abuse is an illness
- Share our experiences, strength, and hope at weekly meetings
- Replace Despair with Hope
- Regain Confidence
- Improve the Family Attitude
|We know what is is like to be alone with this problem, to deal with feelings of panic, frustration and desperation. In the Nar-Anon program, we learned that the drug abuser's illness affects the lives of everyone close to them, and that we, too, needed help.|
|What We Are:
We are a fellowhsip called Nar-Anon Family Group whose purpose is to help relatives and friends of drug abusers.
We are a worldwide self-help fellowship without dues or fees which uses a "Twelve Step / Twelve Traditions" process as our foundation.
Anonymity is the foundation of all Nar-Anon programs.
No one is required to speak. You may come and simply listen, and take back that which helps you most.
A newcomer packet with resource material is available to anyone attending. Books are also available at many of the meeting.
|Do You Need Nar-Anon?
Ask yourself the following questions and answer them as honestly as you can:
~~ Do you find yourself making excuses, lying or covering up for your child, spouse, relative or friend?
~~ Do you have reason not to trust your child, spouse, relative or friend?
~~ Is it becoming difficult for you to believe his/her explanations?
~~ Do you lie awake worrying about your child, spouse, relative or friend?
~~ Is your child missing school without your knowledge?
~~ Is your spouse missing work and are the bills piling up?
~~ Are your savings mysteriously disappearing?
~~ Are the unanswered questions causing hostility and undermining your marriage?
~~ Are you asking yourself "what's wrong?" and "is it my fault?"
~~ Are your suspicions turning you into a detective and are you afraid of what you might find?
~~ Are normal family disagreements becoming hostile and violent?
~~ Are you canceling your social functions with vague excuses?
~~ Are you becoming increasingly reluctant to invite friends to your home?
~~ Is concern for your spouse, child or friend causing you headaches, a knotty stomach and extreme anxiety?
~~ Is your spouse/child easily irritated by minute matters?
~~ Does your whole life seem like a nightmare?
~~ Are you unable to discuss the situation with friends or relatives because of embarrassment?
~~ Are your attempts at control frustrating?
~~ Do you overcompensate and try not to make waves?
~~ Do you keep trying to make things better and nothing helps?
~~ Are the lifestyles and friends of the child/spouse changing? Do you ever think they may be using
If you have answered Yes to four or more of these questions, Nar-Anon may be able to give you the answers you are looking for.
We have learned that addiction is an illness - not a moral issue. It is a two-fold disease: A physical allergy coupled with an obsession of the mind. It can be arrested but never cured. It is similar in nature to diabetes in this respect. Only complete abstinence from the use of drugs or alcohol in any form, including medicine, can arrest this disease. We can no more prevent the addict's use of drugs than we can stop the tubercular's coughing. No one, not even the doctor, nor the clergy, nor the family can do this for him or her.
We hae found that compulsive use of drugs does not indicate lack of affection for the family. It is not a matter of love but of illness. The addict has lost the power of choice in the matter of drugs. Even when he knows what will happen when he takes to first drink, pill or fix, he will do so. This is the "insanity" we speak of in regard to this illness. When we fully understand and accept that addiction is a disease, that it is both mental and physical, and that we are powerless over it, we become ready to learn a better way to live.
Do you need Nar-Anon?