NARATEEN FAQs

WHAT IS NARATEEN?

Narateen is an integral part of the Nar-Anon fellowship and is primarily for teens who know or have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction problem of someone very near to them. The principles that apply in the Nar-Anon fellowship, such as honesty, trust, confidence, safety, and anonymity, also apply to Narateen as do the Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions and Twelve Concepts of Service

WHAT IS A NARATEEN GROUP?

A Narateen group’s scheduled meeting is formed to provide support to teenage family members and friends of addicts.  A Narateen group is a safe environment where teenagers can share and work on their recovery.  Adult Facilitators who have been certified and registered with the World Service Office (WSO) guide and share their experience, strength and hope.  


Members share their experiences, strength, and hope at weekly meetings, which are usually held at locations such as treatment and community centers, hospitals, churches, or local twelve-step clubs.  Narateen meetings may also be held virtually.


WHAT ARE NARATEEN FACILITATORS?

Any active Nar-Anon member who regularly attends meetings is welcome to become a Narateen facilitator. It is required that every Narateen group have at least two facilitators.  Certification includes successful completion of a background check that complies with local legal requirements. Relatives and legal guardians of teens may serve as Narateen facilitators; however, this is discouraged as some members of the group may feel uncomfortable speaking freely and openly. 


WHAT AGE GROUP IS NARATEEN? 

Narateen is designed for members in their teens. Members beyond the teen years are encouraged to attend Nar-Anon meetings. Family members below teen years may not be ready for the Narateen program. 

  • By group conscience, and under the guidance of the adult facilitators, it is within the autonomy of a Narateen group to make exceptions on age-eligibility.

  • Narateen discourages younger children to attend Narateen meetings as Nar-Anon believes qualified professionals are best equipped to handle the needs of young children affected by addiction.


WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP MY CHILDREN? 

Because addiction is family disease, all members of the family should be seeking their own recovery.  It is also important to understand that teenagers may be more aware and more affected by the addiction of others than their parents may realize.  Parents can help by:

  • Finding a recovery program for themselves

  • Not dismissing their children’s concerns or feelings

  • Allowing them to be heard in appropriate settings, which would include Narateen group meetings

  • Purchasing Narateen-approved literature


HOW CAN NARATEEN HELP? 

Through group meetings, young people learn effective ways of coping from each other, while gaining some peace of mind and hope for a better way to live. Members help one another by sharing their experience, strength and hope.


ARE THERE DUES OR FEES? 

Meetings are free. All donations are voluntary. Nar-Anon/Narateen is supported by members’ voluntary contributions and from the sale of our Conference Approved Literature.

  • Established Nar-Anon groups may consider supporting a Narateen meeting until it can be self-supporting.  Options for financially supporting the group could include:

    • Helping teens organize fundraisers

    • Encouraging teens to discover creative alternatives, such as volunteering in the community in lieu of expenses such as rent

    • Donating Narateen-approved literature to Narateen groups


HOW DO I FIND A NARATEEN MEETING? 

Narateen groups can be found on our website at www.nar-anon.org/narateen or by calling the Nar-Anon World Service Office (WSO) at (800) 477-6291 (toll free).

  • For more information about Narateen scheduled meetings in SoCal, please Click Here.


WHAT IF THERE IS NO NARATEEN IN MY AREA? 

Nar-Anon members interested in starting a Narateen meeting should contact the SoCal regional service committee at SoCalNarateen@Nar-Anon.org or the World Service Narateen Committee at narateen@nar-anon.org for more information.

  • Please review, How To Start a Narateen Group for more information [coming soon].


WHAT MATERIALS ARE AVAILABLE FOR NARATEEN MEMBERS, FACILITATORS AND GROUPS? 

Available Narateen recovery literature can be found at https://www.nar-anon.org/narateen (scroll down to Narateen Resources).


Along with Nar-Anon conference approved literature, Narateen groups presently use Alateen materials as new Narateen literature is being developed.  As members read or study Alateen literature, they change the word alcoholism to addiction, drinking to using, and alcoholic to addict. Refer to nar-anon.org/narateen for information about Narateen Materials.