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The suggested daily reading on these pages represent the efforts of many Nar-Anon members who have shared their experience, strength and hope. The purpose of this writing is to carry the message of Nar-Anon recovery to those who suffer the effects of another's addiction. Sometimes the writing happened individually and other times in groups or at an area or regional writing workshop.The contributors are sharing straight from their hearts and in keeping with tradition, remain anonymous.

Nar-Anon SESH (Sharing Experience, Strength & Hope)
Nar-Anon members sharing their experience, strength and hope. This daily reader carries the message of Nar-Anon recovery for those who suffer from the effects of another’s addiction.

The 382 page book is available via our office. The price is available on request.
We encourage everyone who find value in these daily words of inspiration, to support our fellowship by purchasing the complete book. We will post to any address in South Africa. Simply SMS the word “SESH” inclusive your name and telephone number to - 081 354 1495.

Our Literature Department will process your request, make contact with the necessary payment details and arrange for delivery to an address of your choice.

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As a teenager in my small hometown, I felt like a square peg trying to fit into a round hole. At summer camp and conferences, I felt more accepted. This contributed enormously to my sense of who I am.

By the time I found a Twelve Step program, I had lost myself. I did not know who I was, what mattered to me, or even which movie I wanted to see. I was consumed by my loved one. I wanted what he wanted, did what he did, spent my energy trying to solve his problems, handled his moods and tried to make him happy.

Weekly Nar-Anon meetings helped me focus on myself. After I had been coming to meetings for a while, I took a whole day to myself for an area workshop. I did not say where I was going. I let my husband think it was work, because I still could not stand up for myself. I found a lot of strength and hope that day, and after that, I started doing local and area service work.

As I gathered strength and found more serenity at my weekly meetings, I wanted more. I remembered how retreats and conferences had helped me before adulthood, and I tried them again. I joined a women’s Twelve Step group, which had quarterly retreats. They helped me in working my program, and weekends away gave me perspective. I learned to think more on my own.

During my young adult son’s active addiction years, I was so afraid he would die or spend long years in prison. It was so hard to let go and let him live his own life. When I could not help him, I helped other teens as a group sponsor. I did service work at a treatment facility and found a sponsor whose children had been to prison.

Thought for Today: Service work brings clarity, strength and depth to my recovery. In service, I have learned the importance of making time for myself and for my recovery.

“Service is a way to carry the message to others.” ~ The Nar-Anon Twelve Step Program

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