sad womanEvery Thursday at 6 p.m. a group gathers in the St. Francis Conference Room at 294 Center Street , on St. Joseph Healthcare’s  Bangor campus.

The members come together for the same reason — with hope and intent to help others as they help themselves. This group of incredible people are givers, survivors, and care givers. They also worry, and are filled with a mix of fear and hope for their loved ones.

This is Nar-Anon.

From the Nar-Anon website:

The Nar-Anon Family Groups is primarily for those who know or have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction problem of someone very near to you. We have traveled that unhappy road too, and found the answer with serenity and peace of mind.

When you come into the family group, you are no longer alone, but among true friends who understand your problem as few others could. We respect your confidence and anonymity as we know you will respect ours. We hope to give you the assurance that no situation is too difficult and no unhappiness is too great to be overcome.

Kim is the coordinator for the group that meets at St. Joe’s on Thursdays and she gives her time and attention to ensure folks have a place to meet, a safe comfortable, respectful place to come to talk, cry, ask questions, give advice, feel included, and feel less alone.

I asked Kim if she could ask the group to send me a few personal thoughts that I might be able to use for a blog – in hopes of spreading the word and helping others.

Here were some of the responses …

– NarAnon helps me understand about addiction, and how to take care of myself.

– NarAnon is a safe place where I am surrounded by supportive people who understand. It’s priceless to have people I can be completely honest with without any fear of judgement.

-NarAnon has helped me focus on myself. I’ve learned how to remove myself from their (addicts) dysfunctional behaviors so I can be okay, even when my loved on is not.

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