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Nar-Anon, known officially as "Nar-Anon Family Groups", is a twelve-step program for friends and family members of those who are affected by someone else's addiction. Nar-Anon is complementary to, but separate from, Narcotics Anonymous (NA), analogous to Al-Anon with respect to Alcoholics Anonymous; Nar-Anon's traditions state that it should "always cooperate with Narcotics Anonymous."

Nar-Anon was co-founded by Alma B. and Louise S. in Studio City, California, but their attempt to launch the program failed.[1] The organization was revived in 1968 in the Palos Verdes Peninsula by Louise S. and others.[2] Nar-Anon filed Articles of Incorporation in 1971, and in 1986 established the Nar-Anon World Service Office (WSO) in San Pedro, California.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Schach, Jean Marie (1987). Impact of Nar-Anon Family Support Group upon family members of heroin addicts (M.S.W. thesis). California State University, Sacramento. OCLC 18126672.
  2. ^ Bumbalo, JA; Young, DE (1973). "The self-help phenomenon". The American Journal of Nursing. 73 (9): 1588–91. doi:10.2307/3422630. JSTOR 3422630. PMID 4489849.