If there isn't a Nar-Anon Family Group in your community, you can start one. Simply follow these steps to officially get your group started:
1.) Find Other Local Members
A group can't be made up of only one person, so you'll want to find at least one or two other Nar-Anon members that can help you set up a group. They can also assist in finding others that are in need of help and support.
2.) Locate and Secure a Venue
Typical meeting places are schools, community centers, or churches. If the venue charges rent, passing around the donation basket can help alleviate this cost. Once you find and secure a venue, move on to the next step.
3.) Get a New Group Packet
You'll need to purchase a New Group Packet, which includes all of the necessary information, literature, and guidelines on how to start a group. It also includes a group registration form.
Tips for Maintaining and Growing Your Group
- Attend open NA meetings to meet the relatives or friends of addicts after the meetings.
- Inform doctors, social workers, clergy, and others in your community - who have occasion to counsel families of drug abusers.
- Read through the Suggested Meeting Format for general tips, including covering group expenses and gathering contributions.
- If you ever have any problems or questions within the group, you can always reach out to Nar-Anon WSO, by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 800.477.6291.
For the complete conference approved verbiage on starting a group, please click here for the PDF.