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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.

This 382 page book is available via our office. Due to the fluctuating Rand/Dollar exchange rate, the price is available on request. We will post to any address in South Africa. Simply SMS the word “SESH” inclusive your name and telephone number to -
083 400 8961.

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

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The phone rings and it is a friend asking if he could pick my brain about some principles that I am learning from my Nar-Anon program. He asks, “What do they tell you to do when you care about an individual and you cannot help them or change them?” Of course, I did not want to give a long detailed explanation for “minding your own business,” but I kindly responded, “We learn to detach with love.” “Explain,” was his reply. I shared with him what I was learning in Nar-Anon. It is possible to detach from other people’s problems with love. Detaching means to allow someone to find their own way and not tell them what to do, or try to control them. We cannot tell another person how to live or what choices to make. It is impossible to manage another person’s life. We talked about how a doctor can treat several illnesses everyday but remain emotionally detached in order to help his patients. He could diagnose and prescribe medicine but the patient has to want to take the medicine and follow the doctor’s orders. I was able to paint a verbal picture when I said, “A doctor cannot make a patient take his medicine anymore than he can take the medicine for his patients.”


Thought for Today: We should not fail to plan, but we would be mistaken if we thought we could plan the results.


“Sometimes people we love do things we don’t like or approve of. We react. They react. Before long, we’re all reacting to each other, and the problem escalates.” ~ Melody Beattie

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