I was so desperate, frustrated and full of anger when I walked into my first Nar-Anon meeting. I felt so much relief when I left. Caring fellow members spent time explaining the Nar-Anon basics and how the program helped them. They said it might take several meetings for me to understand what Nar-Anon was all about and how it was going to help me regain my serenity.

I remember the group leader who directed some of his attention and encouragement directly to the newcomers that evening. I purchased the daily reading book and read every page on anger that night. I also read every page of my newcomer’s packet. I attended other meetings in the area that first week. It was not long before I felt less desperate and less angry. I was beginning to apply the first three steps of Nar-Anon. I was beginning to understand my son’s disease and the common behaviors of addicts.

Within a few months, I began to encourage newcomers. After four months, I lead my first meeting. I made new friends who understood what I was going through and they became family. I was willing to give back what Nar-Anon had given to me – peace, serenity and comfort to those who were once newcomers like me.

Thought for Today: “Each Nar-Anon Family Group has but one purpose: to help families of addicts. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps of Nar-Anon, by encouraging and understanding our addicted relatives, and by welcoming and giving comfort to families of addicts.” ~ Nar-Anon Blue Booklet

 “I am not a quitter. I will fight until I drop. It is just a matter of having some faith in the fact that as long as you are able to draw breath in this universe, you have a chance.” ~ Cicely Tyson