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Hope and Help for

Families and Friends of Addicts

About Nar-Anon

What Can I Expect at a Meeting

Most meetings last from 60-90 minutes.  During this time:

  • The meeting chair and others read from Nar-Anon approved literature.

  • Everyone will introduce themselves by first name only.

  • The Twelve Steps and/or Twelve Traditions are read.

  • A donation basket is passed at each meeting.  First time attendees are not expected to contribute.

  • A member shares on a Nar-anon topic; members have the opportunity to share their experience, strength and hope.

  • The Serenity Prayer is generally used at some point in the meeting.

Some general comments about Nar-anon meetings:

  • Many say they gain the most knowledge by listening to others share their experience, strength and hope.

  • No one path fits everyone.  You decide for yourself what is right for you.

  • "Take what you want and leave the rest".

  • We share our experience so that we might better understand the Nar-Anon program and ourselves, and to give encouragement and help to the new member.

  • First time attendees often share what brought them to the group. If you are not comfortable with sharing, you are welcome to simply listen.

  • If you have questions, wait until after the meeting to discuss with one or more of the members.  Crosstalk during the meeting is discouraged.

  • We use only Nar-Anon approved literature.  At your first meeting you are given a small packet of information.  Please bring the small blue Nar-Anon booklet each time we meet.  

  • The Nar-Anon "SESH" book is a book of daily readings.  It can be purchased at any meeting or online at

  • Meetings focus on us, not the addict.

  • Our program is not a religious one, but a spiritual way of life.

  • We will respect your anonymity and request the same from all who attend.

Some groups have other types of meetings.  Some examples:

  • Speaker Meetings - A speaker(s) shares their individual experiences in more detail.

  • Step Meetings - A detailed study of the Twelve Steps.

  • Beginner Meetings - geared towards newcomers.

  • Business Meetings - usually prior to or following the regular meeting, where the Group's business matters are discussed.

  • Group Conscience Meetings - an introspective look at programs the Group is considering.

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What Can I Expect at a Meeting
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