Nar-Anon Family Groups are meetings for people who have been or who are currently being affected by someone near to them who suffers from a substance abuse disorder. The groups do not teach a person how to help the ones they care about get sober. Instead, the groups focus on helping a person cope with the powerlessness felt in trying to force someone to get sober, and they emphasize how to concentrate on keeping life balanced-- whether a loved ones become sober or not. These meetings are important in helping people understand their situations and learn how to cope with the feelings caused by their loved one's affliction.
Like members of Nar-Anon Groups, Nar-Anon Family Group members follow a 12-step program designed to achieve a practical, healing spiritual awakening. In this process, members are encouraged to share their stories, read helpful provided materials, and participate in group volunteer service. All meetings are anonymous, and the groups hope to create a judgement-free environment--one where its members can recover a sense of purpose and self-confidence.
Narateen, a program for teenagers, provides a safe outlet for teenagers to learn coping skills surrounding substance abuse disorder and to share their unique experiences among those in their age group.