Tradition Three defines Nar-Anon members, what we do as members, and one important limitation. “The relatives of addicts, when gathered for mutual aid, may call themselves a Nar-Anon Family Group, provided that as a group, they have no other affiliation. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of addiction in a relative or friend.” Nar-Anon Family groups are the relatives of addicts. Relatives can have many definitions, but my understanding of relatives as it relates to Tradition Three is anyone who has been affected by the addiction of another person. As the family and friends of addicts, we come together to provide mutual aid. At Nar-Anon meetings, I learn I can help another person when I share my experience, strength and hope. Through this exchange, I also receive the courage I need to recover. Tradition Three also assures me that Nar-Anon groups will not promote or be influenced by any political, social or religious theories. Tradition Three does not imply that, as an individual member, I cannot be associated with other political, religious or philosophy groups or theories regarding addiction and recovery. It simply states that the Nar-Anon groups should not be associated with these other beliefs. This is necessary to maintain the purity of the group’s purpose to provide mutual aid and allows members to find their own path to recovery. Finally, it defines the only requirement for membership, “that there be a problem of addiction in a relative or friend.” This allows me and every other member the right to decide if we qualify for Nar-Anon.
Thought for Today: I am grateful that Nar-Anon is a program of choices. I can choose if I want to be a member. I am not required to be associated with any specific group to be a member. The program allows me to choose my own path to recovery, yet gives me a structure within which to work.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” ~ Helen Keller