Nar-Anon Family Groups are meetings for people who have been or who are currently affected by someone near to them who suffers from a substance abuse disorder. The groups do not teach a person how to help the ones they care about get sober. Instead, the groups focus on helping a person understand they are powerless in forcing someone to get sober, and they emphasize how they can concentrate on keeping their own lives balanced, whether their loved ones become sober or not. The meetings help people connect with others like them by sharing their personal stories in an anonymous and judgement free area. The members also follow a 12-step self-help program just like members of Nar-Anon Groups. The program is designed to achieve spiritual awakening and to practice the principles in all aspects of life. Nar-Anon Family Groups provide valuable reading materials that can help guide a person on their path of understanding. There are opportunities for group volunteer service as well. This aspect in particular has helped some members feel a sense of purpose and self-confidence. These meetings are important in helping people understand their situations and learn how to cope with the feelings caused by their loved one’s affliction. Teens can also attend specific Narateen group meetings to find more relevant coping techniques and comfort in sharing with someone closer to their age and situation.
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