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Growth In Nar-Anon

One day during our addicted son’s early recovery, I found a sprouting onion in the pantry. I was going to throw it away when he stopped me, saying he wanted to plant it. This surprised me but I gave him the onion. He planted it outside and faithfully watered it. I shared this in a meeting because it was not typical behavior, even before his drug use.

A Nar-Anon friend suggested it might show a feeling of hope for himself and his new growth in recovery. Her words also gave me hope. He moved away before the stalks had grown much but I continued to water it. The stalks grew tall and sturdy and I was amazed when, at their tips, a cluster of buds formed. One day the buds bloomed into tiny, beautiful white flowers.

I took a photo of the white clusters and look at it often. It reminds me of my own wonderful, life-changing growth in Nar-Anon. My recovery was slow in the beginning and, at times, I felt I was not growing at all, but I kept coming back. To my amazement, I kept growing.

Thought for Today: Recovery and growth did not happen overnight. We would like quick fixes when we first come to Nar-Anon. Instead, we learn to release the addict and grasp our own recovery, not the addict’s. We can only change ourselves.

“Bigness comes from doing many small things well. Individually, they are not very dramatic transactions. Together, though, they add up.” ~ Edward S. Finkelstein

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What Is Nar-Anon?

The Nar-Anon Family Groups is primarily for those who know or have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction problem of someone very near to you. We have traveled that unhappy road too, and found the answer with serenity and peace of mind.

When you come into the family group, you are no longer alone, but among true friends who understand your problem as few others could. We respect your confidence and anonymity as we know you will respect ours. We hope to give you the assurance that no situation is too difficult and no unhappiness is too great to be overcome. Read more…

The 12 Steps

We are a 12-step program designed to help relatives and friends of addicts recover from the effects of living with an addicted relative or friend.
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The 12 Traditions

Our group experience suggests that the unity of the Nar-Anon Family Groups depends upon our adherence to these traditions.
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The 12 Concepts of Service

Just as freedom for the individual comes from the 12 Steps and freedom for the group springs from the 12 Traditions, so freedom for the service structure flourishes from the 12 Concepts.
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Support Group Meetings

We invite anyone struggling from the effects of the disease of addiction of a family member or friend to find help for yourself through attending Group Meetings. Finding support for yourself will assist you in regaining your own serenity, strength and hope, while directly and indirectly positively influencing your relationship and interactions with the addicted family member or friend. See meetings…

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