If you're a teen and someone important to you is an addict, you can find support in a Narateen group. Narateen is designed for teen Nar-Anon members. If there isn't a group near you, talk to someone in a Nar-Anon group to ask if they could facilitate a Narateen group.

Through group meetings, we learn each other's effective ways of coping, while gaining some peace of mind and hope for a better way to live. We help each other by sharing our experience, strength and hope. This way we feel free to say what's on our minds and in our hearts.

To protect everyone's anonymity, we only use first names. The names and stories shared in confidence aren't repeated outside of group meetings. You won't be forced to speak, but you can always ask questions after meetings. We understand how you feel, so know that it's a great relief to learn about more effective ways to cope with this disease. And remember, you're no longer alone.


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We Want To Hear From You

The World Service Narateen Committee is looking for submissions to create a Narateen 31 Day Reader. If you have something to share, you or your sponsor can send it to narateen@nar-anon.org. (All Narateen writing is anonymous). Please include a filled-out scan of our copyright release form when submitting. If you prefer to submit a physical letter and form, you can mail it to Nar-Anon WSO.

Remember, this will be YOUR reader!


To the Concerned Teenage Family Member or Friend

If you have found evidence or suspect someone close to you may have a drug problem, we at Narateen know how you feel. We remember feeling alone, scared and confused when we discovered a friend or family member was involved with drugs. We understand as few others do. For a while, some of us tried to ignore our suspicions. We were too afraid to ask questions because of what might happen if we did. As the situation got worse, we became more frantic. Our attempts to help did not seem to make things any better. We grew more upset and desperate.

By coming to Narateen meetings, we learn drug addiction is a disease. It is not our fault our friends or relatives became addicts. We are not responsible for their actions. Addicts need help and so do we. For the addicts seeking help, drug recovery programs are available. However, Narateen is designed for us – the teenaged brother, sister, child, or friend of the addict.

Weekly Narateen meetings are held regularly throughout the year. We encourage you to attend our meetings. As this is an anonymous program, we use our first names only. There are no charges or obligations for you to attend. You will not be forced to speak, but you can ask questions after the meeting. We do understand how you feel. It is a great relief to learn there are more effective ways to cope with this disease. We are no longer alone.


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About Narateen for the Professional

Narateen is a part of the worldwide fellowship of Nar-Anon Family Groups, a 12 step self-help program.  It provides support and hope to young people whose lives have been affected by a relative or friend’s drug abuse. Narateen is designed for the teenaged brother, sister, child, or friend of an addict. In the program, teens learn that addiction is a disease. They're not responsible for the actions of the addict. Through group meetings, teens learn others' effective ways of coping, while gaining some peace of mind and hope for a better way to live.

Narateen groups are facilitated and monitored by experienced Nar-Anon members or Narcotics Anonymous members who are also members of Nar-Anon. Young people are welcome to attend meetings without prior arrangements. There are no charges or obligations. As this is an anonymous program, only first names are used. Because everything said in a meeting is held in confidence, members are free to say what is on their minds and in their hearts. Narateen members help one another by sharing their experience, strength and hope.