About FA

What is Families Anonymous?

FAMILIES ANONYMOUS is a 12 Step fellowship for the families and friends who have known a feeling of desperation concerning the destructive behavior of someone very near to them, whether caused by drugs, alcohol, or related behavioral problems. When you come into our rooms you are no longer alone, but among friends who have experienced similar problems.  Any concerned person is encouraged to attend our meetings, even if there is only a suspicion of a problem.

Your identity is protected in our meetings.  We know each other by our first names, only.  Anonymity of our members is paramount to the success of our program.  Not only is anonymity an underlying principle of the program, but it is so important that it is part of our name.

You have nothing to lose but your pain and anger.  Read on if you are ready to find the peace and serenity that our members have found through the working of the FA program.

These readings may be helpful to your understanding more about FA:

Five Foundation Readings:

#5003-4 FA Twelve Steps

#5003-2 FA Twelve Traditions

#5003-4 About Drug Abuse

#5003-6 Helping

#5003-3 Four Destructive Forces

#5003-1 Suggested Meeting Format


Meeting Literature - En Espanol

#5003-1S Formato recomendado para las reuniones

#5003-4S Los Doce Pasos de Familias Anónimas

#5003-5S Las Doce Tradiciones de Familias Anónimas

#5003-2S Sobre el abuso de sustancias

#5003-6S Cómo ayudar

#5003-3S Cuatro tendencias destructivas


Additional Information for Our Members - A Look Inside the FA Fellowship

#2011 The Twelve Promises of Families Anonymous

#5006 A Look Inside the FA Fellowship

#6001 Letter to the Newcomer


For Groups and Group Secretaries:

"Service is a Reward in Itself"

One of the most important service jobs available to us in the fellowship is that of Group Secretary. Our traditions remind us of the importance of rotating leaders within our groups, so that we can avoid dominance and allow each member to enjoy the benefits of service. The document below, “TIPS for Group Secretaries”, can be helpful to new secretaries. Also, please do not hesitate to contact Group Outreach for assistance by emailing GO@familiesanonymous.org


#WSOF-14 Tips for Group Secretaries

#WSOF-25 Setting up a Group Checking Account

#WSOF-26 Sponsorship Guidelines

#5011-WS Growing Your New Group Tip List

#WSOF-10 Website Flyer


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