Affected by a loved one’s addiction? Nar-Anon offers HOPE for relatives and friends of addicts.
Please join us every Wednesday beginning September 6th at St. John the Evangelist, Connellsville Social Hall from 7-8:30pm. Open to the public.
What is Nar-Anon?
Nar-Anon is a twelve step self-help program offering recovery and support for families and friends of addicts. The Nar-Anon Family Group is for those who have known a feeling of desperation due to the addiction problem of someone close to them. This includes those who have already lost someone due to an addiction.
Nar-Anon helps families and friends of addicts learn the following:
Addiction is a family disease
Those closes to the addicts are deeply affected
Families and friends can also benefit from a recovery program
Nar-Anon offers tools for coping with these issues:
Isolation from feeling misunderstood by family and friends
Guilt, shame, and embarrassment brought on by legal consequences of addiction
Lack of trust and financial uncertainty
Manipulation and victimization
Will be held every Wednesday beginning September 6th at St. John the Evangelist, Connellsville Social Hall from 7-8:30pm
To join, simply attend a meeting- there are no dues or fees
This group is open to the public - Nar-Anon is a spiritual program, not a religious one
Confidence of anonymity are respected by Nar-Anon members
Members bond and learn through sharing their experience, strength, and hope
Meetings are a safe place to share
Nar-Anon members can learn how to do the following:
Recognize and avoid manipulation or control by another person
Allow the addicts to accept their own responsibilities
Not prevent or provoke a crisis
Stop making excuses, covering up, or taking the blame for others
Care enough not to care-take
Have compassion and not be personally offended by the addict
Those who have lost someone due to an addiction will learn that they are not alone
Nar-Anon can open the door to peace and serenity to those closest to the addict.
If you have any questions, please contact Mary Sampey at the parish office. 724-628-6840 ext. 108 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please share this information! A very special thank you to IC parishioner Pat Rose for reaching out and offering to lead this Nar-Anon group.
To those who have not been personally affected by the drug epidemic: The psychological implications of losing someone to addiction are already difficult enough. Please have compassion to those of us who have lost someone, and for those families and friends struggling at this very moment with an addict. Prayer and education are two very powerful ways that we could ALL show our love and support. Thank you for your continued love, support, and prayers to my family after the loss of my sister. It is my hope that through the Nar-Anon group, anyone going through a similar experience will find the support that I have in all of you.
Christ’s peace and our Mother Mary’s love, Mary Sampey