NarAnon's Twelve Traditions

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal progress for the greatest number depends on unity.
  2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority -- a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants -- they do not govern.
  3. The relatives of addicts, when gathered for mutual aid, may call themselves a Nar-Anon Family Group, provided that as a group, they have no other affiliation. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of addiction in a relative or friend.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other Nar-Anon Family Groups, or NA as a whole.
  5. Each Nar-Anon family group has but one purpose; to help families of addicts. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps of Nar-Anon, by encouraging and understanding our addicted relatives, and by welcoming and giving comfort to families of addicts.
  6. Our family groups ought never to endorse, finance or lend our name to any outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary spiritual aim; but although a separate entity, we should always cooperate with Narcotics Anonymous.
  7. Every group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Nar-Anon Twelfth Step work should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. Our groups, as such ought never to be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. The Nar-Anon Family Groups have no opinion on outside issues; hence our name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
  11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, films, Internet and other forms of mass media. We need guard with special care the anonymity of all NA members.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles above personalities.

NarAnon's Twelve Concepts

  1. To fulfill our fellowship’s primary purpose, the Nar-Anon Groups have joined together to create a structure that develops, coordinates, and maintains services on behalf of Nar-Anon as a whole.
  2. The final responsibility and authority for Nar-Anon services rests with the Nar-Anon Groups.
  3. The Nar-Anon Groups delegate to the service structure --the authority necessary to fulfill the responsibilities assigned to it.
  4. Effective leadership is highly valued in Nar-Anon.  Leadership qualities should be carefully considered when selecting trusted servants.
  5. For each responsibility assigned to the service structure, a single point of decision and accountability should be clearly defined.
  6. Group conscience is the spiritual means by which we invite a loving Higher Power to influence our decisions.
  7. All members of a service body bear substantial responsibility for that body’s decisions and should be allowed to fully participate in its decision-making processes.
  8. Regular, two-way communications are essential to the fulfillment of all these concepts, and to the integrity and effectiveness of our services themselves.
  9. All elements of our service structure have the responsibility to carefully consider all viewpoints in their decision-making processes.
  10. Any member of a service body can petition that body for the redress of a personal grievance, without fear of reprisal.
  11. Nar-Anon funds are used to further our primary purpose to carry the message, and must be managed responsibly.
  12. In keeping with the spiritual nature of Nar-Anon, our structure should always be one of service, never of government.