FAQs

I’ve never heard of Families Anonymous. Are you new?

Families Anonymous celebrated our 45th Anniversary in 2016. We were formed in 1971 by a group of concerned parents in California who were seeking ways of dealing with the problem of substance abuse and addiction in their children. Our members include parents, grandparents, siblings, spouses, significant others, other family members and friends of those with a current, suspected or former drug problem. We have been one of the best kept secrets in the recovery community, even though we have groups throughout the world.

Who does FA serve?

Families Anonymous is for those relatives and friends of those who suffer from a current, suspected or former problem of substance abuse or related behavioral problem. Our meetings are open to all.

Is FA affiliated with any other group such as AA, NA, Al-Anon, etc?

No. FA is a 12 Step Recovery program that is similar to groups such as Al-Anon or NarAnon, but we have no affiliation with any other group, treatment program, or governmental agency.

Is there any cost to attend meetings?

There are no dues or fees required for membership. FA Members contribute whatever they are comfortable with as all groups are fully self-supporting. Donations go to help pay for the rent for the meeting rooms, literature and helping the fellowship carry the message of recovery through the support of the World Service Office.

I’m not the one that needs help, why should I attend meetings?

Addiction is a family illness that impacts the lives of every member of the family. In our meetings, we learn how we can stop being part of the problem and become part of the solution. We can learn to find peace and serenity by practicing the FA program, even in the midst of the chaos and insanity.

Do you get any financial support from any grants or governmental drug or alcohol programs?

No. Our Traditions specifically prohibit us from accepting any outside contributions from any source. All costs of running the FA programs must come from the sale of our literature and donations from our members and member groups.

I can’t find a meeting close to me. What should I do?

For our US friends, we first recommend using our meeting locator to see if there is a meeting nearby. For our international meetings, you can download/view our international meeting directory. If you are not fortunate enough to have a nearby meeting, please consider starting a new FA group in your area. Starting a new group can be both exciting and challenging.

Finally, we offer virtual meetings of three types, the FA E-Meeting, Phone Meeting, and our Online Meetings.

The FA e-meeting is an on-line email exchange meeting that is available 24/7. Phone meetings offer access to support for those who like the convenience of a phone call.  Lastly, our two types of online meetings offer real-time, on-line voice meetings that follow the format of our traditional face-to-face group meetings.

Further information on these virtual groups can be found here.