Drug abuse and dependency are pervasive in today’s society, often devastating the life of the dependent person as well as the lives of families and friends. Those with family members or friends involved in substance abuse suffer mental, emotional, and often physical pain while they hopelessly watch as addiction consumes their loved ones. You may find these hurting people present a particular challenge that can best be served by those who care and understand these situations, first hand., Families Anonymous (FA) fills this need, and is a vital part of recovery for impacted relatives and friends. Although FA’s primary purpose is to assist the concerned family member, experience has shown that help for the family means important, indirect, help for the troubled individual.
FA is a self-help fellowship of concerned relatives and friends of substance abusers and those with related behavioral problems. Based on the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, FA was founded in 1971 by a group of Los Angeles families. There are no dues or fees required for meetings or membership. FA is an anonymous program where only first names are used.
FA works in many ways. Its basic strength however comes from concerned sharing of common problems. It provides a way for family members and friends to put their lives back together and to find a sense of serenity.
Many of our members come to the fellowship through the help of Health Care Professionals, Employee Assistance Counselors, members of the clergy, mental health counselors, treatment facilities, school counselors, and courts. We are here to assist you in providing up-to-date information on how our program can help your clients. We invite you to contact us if you have any questions.. Click the following link to download more information on how FA can assist your clients.