As the Twelve Steps are our guide to recovery, personal growth, and the solution to practically any problem, our Twelve Traditions provide us with the guidelines that make it possible for the Nar-Anon Family Groups to function and survive. The Traditions offer us spiritual principles that help us avoid distractions, errors, and pitfalls that can destroy the group. As a person who came from an environment where active addiction resulted in chaos, confusion, abuse, and instability, I did not want to be a part of any program where I was going to have to follow anyone else’s rules. Therefore, I was relieved when I was told the Nar-Anon program is merely suggested and that they would always respect my confidence and anonymity. The only thing asked was that I do the same in return. As my recovery progressed, I was also just as relieved to find that there are Twelve Traditions based on spiritual principles that are designed to ensure the survival of our groups, and to fulfil Nar-Anon’s one purpose, “to help the families and friends of addicts.” Therefore, I believe it is important that I learn to respect and practice the Traditions.
Thought for Today: I am welcomed, supported and loved in our Nar-Anon group. The program is here for me today because of those who came before me, and their willingness to follow the Traditions. Today I will do my part to put principles above personalities, and adhere to the Traditions that help keep this program working for those who will follow.“Our group experience suggests that the unity of the Nar-Anon Family Groups depends upon our adherence to these traditions.” ~ Nar-Anon Blue Booklet