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Families Anonymous consists of relatives and friends whose lives have been adversely affected by a loved one's addiction to alcohol or drugs. In Families Anonymous members help each other find better more constructive ways to cope with their problems associated with someone else's addiction. They realize they also need help, not just the addict individual.
Members learn from their own experiences and share with the group because they learn from each other also. FA members meet new friends who can help because they can relate to the problems others are going through. They help each other recover from the effects of a loved one's addictions.
Families Anonymous is a 12 Step Support Group that has no fees, government grants, forms to fill out, and no formal signup, they don't even use last names. Members are dedicated to helping others while helping themselves recover. Studying and putting the 12 Steps into practice helps members of FA live happier and fuller lives because they understand now that it's up to them to create their own happiness.
Families Anonymous even has FA E-Meetings, their online support group consists of more than 500 active members and their group discussions take place through email messages that are sent to all group members. E-Meetings are active 24/7.
FA's newest online support group is different than their E-Meetings; it's not active 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. There is a specific meeting day and time for members to communicate with each other; these are called Meeting Without Walls.
Thinking about attending a Families Anonymous meeting but want more information then review FA's Suggested Twelve Steps to Recovery and FA's Twelve Traditions.
If you or someone you know is in need of recovery from the effects of a loved one's addiction, there are Families Anonymous Meetings everywhere throughout the United States.Who Answers?
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Until you experience a substance abuse problem, either first hand or through a loved one, you cannot really understand how severe the situation is. Families are torn apart by addiction all the time. I was a drug addict for many years and I was completely unaware of the impact that it was having on myself and my family. My entire family was falling apart because everybody could see the problem except for me. Why was I unwilling to admit that I had a problem so that I could get help once and for all? It took a great many years before I was willing to admit to myself that I had a serious drug problem requiring help.
The "Anonymous" programs were really good to me when I was going through all of this. I was hooked up with a program like the one in this post, where my entire family was invited to attend, and they did! My various relatives wanted to be a part of my recovery, and even my children got to come and experience parts of my recovery from addiction. I am so thankful for all of the help that I was provided with because it allowed me to finally overcome my drug issues once and for all. I was addicted to drugs for a long time and felt like I would never get help. Now I am completely clean and sober and my family is thriving thanks to my recovery. You can overcome your addiction too, just take the first step!
When I was going through my addiction recovery, I quickly became aware of the fact of how important it was for me to involve my loved ones in my recovery. The truth is, I could not have recovered from my drug addiction and alcoholism issues if it had not been for my family, so I am glad that I found a rehab program that allowed me to involve them as much as possible. A program similar to this one was offered to me, allowing my family members and closed loved ones to do therapy and counseling with me. I think this really drove me to recover, and now I am completely clean and sober.
I have two small children and they were impacted as much by my addiction as everyone else in my family. I wanted to make sure that they understood what I was going through so that they could understand that it had nothing to do with them and that it was a healing process. They were involved greatly in my recovery and they drove the healing process for me. They came to counseling with me and my husband, and we talked about all of my issues, the things that drove me to addiction in the first place. Now that I am clean and sober and they are a little older, they understand that recovery is still very much an important part of me and who I am as a person and as their mother.