Nar-Anon Family Groups - for friends and families of addicts
 

Golden Gate Area: San Francisco and Marin Counties, California

About Us

Who may join Nar-Anon Family Groups?
Nar-Anon Family Groups are twelve-step support groups for friends and families of addicts and drug abusers. Anyone who has a close friend or relative whom they suspect may have a drug dependency problem is welcome to attend our meetings, regardless of what drug is involved -- whether it involves prescription medication or street drugs. Our members have included the husband, wife, partner, parent, mother, father, son, daughter, brother, and sister of an addict. All are welcome whether or not the addict is in recovery, whether or not he/she still uses.
How do I join a group?
There is no need to register – just come to the meeting.
What is the fee?
The Nar-Anon Family Groups are free. We do not have dues, but collect voluntary donations from members to cover our cost of rent, literature, and phone. Most members contribute a few dollars each meeting.
Which communities are covered by this website?
The Golden Gate Area of Nar-Anon Family Groups includes the city of San Francisco and Marin County in California. We are associated with the Northern California Region of Nar-Anon Family Groups and the Nar-Anon Family Groups World Service. The groups in the Golden Gate Area support the local phone service and special events. Each group may also send a representative to the Northern California Regional business meetings to support activities in the Northern California Region.
How do groups work?
Our meetings are self-help support groups where each of us shares our experience in dealing with drug addiction and substance abuse in our friends, family, or co-workers. We learn through each other's experience, strength, and hope, and through our literature written by Nar-Anon members.

During the meeting each person speaks one at a time about his/her own experience. We do not question or comment about other person's shares, so there is no fear of being criticized. We do not give advice. Each person works the program in his/her own way. All of us are working towards a common goal, but recognize that this is a work-in-progress, and that nobody has the perfect answer. We take those parts of other people's experience that may help and inspire us, and leave the rest, accepting that we all have different beliefs and ways of living our lives.

We do not have professional therapists or "experts" working in the groups, nor do we give referrals. We simply learn from each other's experience – the kind of experience that only relatives or close friends of an addict can have. The meetings are run by our members. Individuals can work the Nar-Anon program alone, or along with other rehabilitation programs or psychotherapy treatments of their choice. Members can make a commitment to themselves to work the program, and after they have some experience in working the program, may do service to help run the group and share their experience with new members.

How do members work the program?
We read Nar-Anon literature, share our experience in group meetings with each other, and use the Twelve-step method to better our lives. The Twelve Steps teach us to let go of things we cannot control, regain hope that change is possible, learn new ways to deal with situations, accept the consequences of our actions, maintain humble honesty with ourselves and other people, and take responsibility for the parts of our lives that we can control. A member can work with a sponsor, who is a more experienced member of Nar-Anon. These are the same Twelve Steps as Narcotics Anonymous uses. While we work in a similar way, we are completely independent from other Twelve-step organizations.
For more information about Nar-Anon Family Groups world-wide
, please see the What's Nar-Anon? page of the World Service website.