Monday, July 09, 2007

Nar-Anon/Al-Anon

This is something I very much would like to try. I would love to know I have the support of other people going through the same thing, in my own area. I have looked into it - I did a long time ago actually. However, the closest Nar-Anon meeting is in the city - not a close drive - and not in a very safe part of the city at that.

Perhaps one day I will take my friend, whose boyfriend has addict problems as well, to a meeting.

As for Al-Anon, I have not looked into that because everything I have read about it states that it is for those who are close with someone who is an alcoholic. Not a crack addict. But maybe I will give that a chance.

I did go to a couple meetings at my church. Apparently it's a national (maybe world-wide?) group, like Nar-Anon, yet sadly at this moment I can't remember what it was called. Either way, it was decent, but it was incredibly small.

I was the only one who was there for a loved one - not for them being an addict. The structure was not laid out in a typical manner because it was a Christian organization. But talking to Chris, it seems like the same thing just different methods. Just different higher powers.

I was not that fond of it. I can read the Bible at home. Also, when you wanted to talk about things going on, or feelings you were having, there seemed to be a time table to stick to. You couldn't talk for long periods of time because you had to follow the structure of the program. It seems to me though, that if I was going there, I wanted to talk. I wanted to vent; I wanted to listen to other people as well. And that time was limited.

I would like to get involved with some kind of support meeting. It is just a matter of finding one that is close, makes sense, and gives me something out of it.

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thejunkyswife said...

Nar-Anon has been incredibly helpful for me, as I'm sure I've already told you like a zillion times...I know that there are some Al-Anon groups where they'll get snotty if you have a drug addict loved one instead of an alcoholic loved one, but overall, I think that they are very open to us crack/meth/heroin wives! My mother in law goes to AA instead of NA because she likes the meeting better, and she doesn't really have an issue with alcohol. Check them out! I was nervous before my first meeting, especially when I walked in and saw a bunch of middle aged ladies and I was nervous about my super short hair and crazy tattoos...but they took me in like family, and now I look forward to my meetings like nothing else in the week...

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