How can we let families and friends of addicts know about Nar-Anon?
Do outreach to spread awareness of the Nar-Anon program!
The focus of outreach is to let families and friends of addicts know help is available. An outreach committee acts as a vital link between individuals seeking help and Nar-Anon members who share their experience, strength, and hope. Outreach can assist in the growth of our local groups, areas, and regions.
Outreach committees can be organized and adapted to the needs of their area and/or region in a manner that coincides with our Mission and Vision Statements.
Guide for Nar-Anon Outreach Letters
- An Open Letter to Doctors/Mental Health Facilities
- An Open Letter to Spiritual Leaders
- An Open Letter to Treatment Centers
- An Open Letter to Police, Probation Officers, Public Defenders, Court Clerks
- Information About Nar-Anon (a general letter)
- About Narateen for the Professional
These letters may be photocopied for distribution. It is suggested that each letter be accompanied by a local or regional meeting directory, if available, and the outreach literature tri-folds found in the Outreach Packet.
Ask GSRs to distribute An Open Letter to Doctors/Mental Health Facilities and An Open Letter to Spiritual Leaders to their group members. In turn, the group members can be asked to distribute these letters, anonymously if they wish, to medical and mental health professionals or spiritual contacts. In turn, the group members can be asked to drop off these letters, anonymously if they wish, to their own medical, mental and spiritual contacts.
An outreach committee may want to use the Internet and phone book to identify local services:
- Doctors and medical centers
- Therapists and mental health facilities
- Clergy and ecumenical councils
Addiction and government websites often have treatment center listings and other related organizations. An outreach committee may want to use the internet and phone book to identify local services. Outreach letters, together with a local meeting directory and other Nar-Anon literature, can then be mailed or delivered in person by willing volunteers.