Saturday, July 2, 2016
NarAnon Is Not About Religion
We who live this daily knows that heroin does not discriminate. Heroin doesn't care if you go to church or not. It doesn't care if you practice religion or not. It doesn't discriminate between gender, race or politics. Heroin doesn't care which person's life it will destroy or which family will be torn to pieces.
But did you know that there are some who don't seek out
help groups because some feel many of these groups are too religious?
Over the past months when reaching out to others hurting I've had people tell me that. Because the Nar-Anon group is held in a church they believe Nar-Anon is a religious group. Nope. Nar-Anon is about HOPE that our loved one will be healed of their addiction. Nar-Anon is where we who love them can come to be with others who are going through the same thing. NarAnon is where come to not be alone and to talk. NarAnon can also give you resources to places to help your loved one recover. It is accepting that your life is unmanageable and that you are powerless over what heroin has done to someone you love. Little by little, we can put the pieces of our lives back together again.
It is about faith no matter how we practice. Faith that somehow we can restore some sanity back into our unmanageable powerless lives.
At our Nar-Anon we don't practice any religion. We don't talk about religion and no one ever even asks about religion. I'm sure everyone you would meet at a group is of different beliefs and backgrounds. Now those who practice will speak of their faith, but there is no demand that everyone believe in a certain religion.
In dealing with the matters associated with the disease of addiction to many of us, a spirituality of any kind is important. This spirituality can be in many forms. Spirituality is often what we turn to when we are hurting. This is what it means:
"Spirituality may refer to almost any kind of meaningful activity, especially a "search for the sacred." It may also refer to personal growth, blissful experience, or an encounter with one's own "inner dimension."
I honestly believe that spirituality can be in many forms. Some of us do open speak about praying for someone who is hurting. To me, spirituality is believing in a higher power, be it God or our Creator who can help restore some of our life back to us.
No matter how you practice I hope that if you need to reach out to Nar-Anon that you will. Remember even Wiccans pray and practice spirituality.
If this is what is stopping you from coming to a Nar-Anon I ask that you stop by our group on Sunday evening at 6 PM. We meet at Trinity United Methodist Church on Martin St. to check out what Nar-Anon is all about.
I found a very good website for those who don't believe in religion: The 12 Steps Without God
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