How Does Nar-Anon Help Families?

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about 23 million Americans have a substance abuse disorder aged 12 and older. From this number, about 1.9 million people developed an addiction to prescription pain medication (opioids) and 586,000 have an addiction to heroin. Approximately 23 percent of those people who use heroin develop an addiction to other opioids which is the class of pain medications that includes morphine, fentanyl, hydrocodone, codeine, and oxycodone.

Luckily, support groups based on the twelve-steps such as Nar-Anon help families and loved ones of addicted men and women. They provide much-needed guidance, answers, and a network of connections that is there to assist families in times of need or crisis.

How Does Nar-Anon Help Families?

Addiction Is Everywhere and Support Groups Help

Unfortunately, addiction is all too common today. And even though it is going on almost everywhere, families dealing with a loved one struggling with this chronic disease may feel as though they are on their own, that they are the only ones dealing with this.

Addiction impacts the family and many other people we don’t realize. Family, friends, coworkers, and even neighbors can experience the effects of drug abuse through the user. It also trickles through the family dynamic.

Your Support System Matters in Recovery

One of the most important things to remember in drug or alcohol treatment is the strength of the support system around the person in need of help. If you’re a family member of someone going through treatment for drug or alcohol addiction, you can have an enormous impact on their recovery by showing them that you are available and supportive.

However, because a loved one’s addiction can be emotionally taxing, family members don’t always have the resources or energy to provide this crucial support. In these cases, several organizations can help families in need, including Al-Anon, Alateen, Nar-Anon, Parents of Addicted Loved Ones, Families Anonymous, SMART Recovery Family & Friends, and NAMI Family Support Groups.

Nar-Anon is for Families of Recovering Drug Addicts

Nar-Anon is a good way to help families, with the 12 step program it can slowly but surely mend any wounds that may have happened with the family.  Nar-Anon is a Twelve-Step mutual support program designed to help families and friends of addicts recover from the effects of living with an addicted relative or friend. Nar-Anon’s program of recovery is adapted from Narcotics Anonymous and uses Nar-Anon’s Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. The only requirement for membership is that there is a problem of addiction in a relative or friend. Nar-Anon is not affiliated with any other organization or outside entity.

Its goal is to help family members understand that they cannot control the addicted person or their addiction. It focuses on helping family members practice self-care and realize the importance of their well-being.

There also might be that chance that your loved one doesn’t want help but that doesn’t mean the family should give up, especially with taking care of themselves. Besides going to the Nar-Anon group there are other ways to help yourself and the family dealing with an addict in the family.

Other options include:

  • Visit your doctor and discuss your mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia
  • Relax – yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, sleep, listen to music, spend time with your pet
  • Maintain friendships, date night (no talking about addiction), hobbies
  • Maintain a healthy diet and exercise
  • Limit your substance use

You also want to educate yourself about your loved one’s addiction and what drug they are using. Speak to others in the Nar-Anon group going through the same thing and have hope.

Evidence-Based Rehab for Drug and Alcohol Abuse

If you or a loved one has an addiction to substances, at Garden State Treatment Center, we can help you get started on that road to recovery. The most important thing you can expect from your Garden State Treatment Center Treatment experience is that you will emerge from it transformed, stable, and ready to begin a lifetime of recovery.