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, who are affected by the problems related to addiction or are trying to help the addict. 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 spouse, husband, wife, partner, parent, mother, father, child, son, daughter, sibling, brother, sister, employer, employee, and co-worker of an addict. All are welcome whether or not the addict is in recovery, whether or not he/she still uses, whether or not the addict even admits that there is a problem.
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 or fees, but collect voluntary contributions from members to cover our cost of rent, literature, website, and phone and to support the Golden Gate Area, Northern California Region, and the World Service. Many 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, this website, and special events.
How do groups work?
Our meetings are self-help recovery support groups where we help each other by sharing 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 from 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, recovery, or psychotherapy programs of their choice. Members can make a commitment to themselves to work the program, and after they have some experience, may do service to help run the group and share their experience with new members.

Each group may send a representative to the Golden Gate Area business meetings and the Northern California Region business meetings to support activities in the Golden Gate Area and the Northern California Region.

How do members work the program?
We read Nar-Anon literature, share our experience with each other in our group meetings, work one-on-one with a Nar-Anon sponsor, 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 fellowships.
For more information about Nar-Anon Family Groups world-wide
, please see the What's Nar-Anon? page of the World Service website.