What to Expect at a Nar-Anon Meeting

By Mountainside

While your loved one works on getting healthy, it is important that you work on your own recovery as well.

Support groups such as Nar-Anon can be a great tool for the families of those struggling with addiction. Learn what you can expect at your first meeting and start your own recovery today.


Safe Space – Meetings take place in a community space, and chairs are set up in a circle to encourage communication. Meetings are open to all!

Welcoming Atmosphere – You will be greeted by the group leader, who will reassure you that you’re in the right place and invite you to take a seat.

Serenity Prayer – Nar-Anon is based on the 12 Step program, so it will include the serenity prayer at the beginning and end of the meeting.

Icebreaker – You will take turns going around the circle reading different sections of the booklet in order to make sure that everyone in the group is comfortable and on the same page.

The Family – People attending Nar-Anon come from all walks of life. During the meeting, you will realize that you’re all a lot more connected than you might think.

The Moms – There are all sorts of relationships represented at Nar-Anon, but mother-child relationships are easily the most represented, and moms are often the most affected by their children’s addictions.

Positive Vibe – These meetings are a safe space for people to be honest with themselves and others – especially about things that they are grateful for, which helps to put things in perspective.

The Stories – The sharing of stories is not required but being humble while you listen is.

Spirituality – Nar-Anon is not a religiously affiliated group, but they do talk about “God” in whatever form makes sense to you.

Anonymity – Nar-Anon is based on the foundation of everything remaining anonymous so that everyone feels free to truly be themselves and feel comfortable.

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