No matter what kind of group I joined, I always felt like an outsider. I did not feel as though I belonged. That all changed when I found Nar-Anon. I felt it at my first meeting; I had found a second family! I fit in here in these rooms. I could talk about my son’s addiction without feeling ashamed. My group understands how I feel, and I do not feel so alone. It is okay for me to be me. It is wonderful to be safe and have Nar-Anon friends I can call because they understand my feelings of going crazy. I am comfortable getting up in front of my Nar-Anon group because I know I am accepted. I am an equal. I do not feel judged or odd. I can sense the unconditional love of the Nar-Anon fellowship. I can experience the healing.

I was having a rough time and had stopped attending meetings for several weeks. When I came back, I was welcomed. No one asked, “Where were you?” I was accepted, hugged and told it was good to see me back. My Nar-Anon group is my family of choice and I am so grateful to belong.

This experience led me to a newfound sense of confidence. This sense of confidence helps me relate to others outside my Nar-Anon program. Nar-Anon has given me back my self-assurance and self-esteem. I know that today, with the help of my Higher Power, I can carry on with my life whether my son is using or not. My life is mine again and it has meaning.

Thought for Today: The unconditional love I receive from Nar-Anon is similar to medicine. It protects and soothes the pain and hurt I have suffered because of addiction, so the healing process of recovery can begin.If we make our goal to live a life of compassion and unconditional love, then the world will indeed become a garden where all kinds of flowers can bloom and grow. ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross