Families Anonymous (FA) is a 12-step program and resource for the families and friends of those affected by drug and alcohol addiction. FA was created over 40 years ago by a group of parents who were searching for ways to cope with their children’s substance use and related issues.

Independent 12-Step Group

While similar in structure to Al-Anon or Nar-Anon, FA has no affiliation with any other group. They do not charge dues or fees but are self-supporting through member donations. FA holds meetings in over 35 U.S. states and 15 countries and adds new meetings as needed. They also offer online e-meetings that are available anytime, structured as an email discussion group comprised of members from around the world. Their online bi-monthly newsletter can be accessed for free, and they offer a catalog of literature for sale.

From the FA website: “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.”


Family members affected by drug and alcohol abuse who seek an independent 12-step support group.

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Online E-Meeting: Anyone wishing to subscribe to the E-Meeting should do so by sending a “blank” email (nothing in the subject line and nothing in the body of the email) to TABW-On@mail-list.com.

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