For the parents of young addicts

We invite you to read IP#27 ” For the Parents or Guardians Of Young People in NA“. This pamphlet seeks to address some of the questions parents or caregivers may have when a young person comes to Narcotics Anonymous. The information here is not meant as advice about how to parent your child, but rather relates to some common experiences of young people who have been successful in staying clean and finding recovery in NA. Young members all over the world have found recovery from drug addiction in Narcotics anonymous, and we hope this information will be helpful for any loved one interested in learning more about the experiences a young member faces in recovery.

When a young person finds NA, most parents just want to know what kind of role to play in their loved one’s recovery. The answer to this question will be different for everyone, but it may be helpful to keep in mind that recovery is a process that takes time. Learning how to practice the principles contained within the Twelve Steps is a uniquely personal experience, consisting of such things as taking a personal inventory and making amends.

Supporting complete abstinence

NA is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs, including alcohol. Young members often say that spending time around family members who use alcohol or other drugs places a hardship on their recovery.

Support for families

Many family members find the support they need in groups designed to help the families and loved ones of addicts (such as Nar-Anon and Family Anonymous). Narcotics Anonymous is not affiliated with these organizations, nor do we recommend one program over another. We simply provide this information in a spirit of cooperation.