Families Anonymous help the friends and families of people with drug problems or associated behavioural issues from using any kind of chemical substance – they work in the same way as Narcotics Anonymous. They do not offer advice but do share strength home and experience amongst their members
When drug addiction enters a family via one of its members, the effect can be devastating. If you have reason to believe or even a vague suspicion that someone close to you may have a drug problem, we know how you feel. We know what it is like to be alone with this problem. We remember the feelings of panic and frustration that resulted from this discovery. Families Anonymous have experienced this too.
Families Anonymous use first names only, as this is an anonymous programme. No dues or fees are required. The weekly meetings are regularly held throughout the year. Newcomers are welcome without prior arrangements. You will not be urged to participate in the group discussions, but may join in and ask questions if you wish. They do understand how you feel.
Families Anonymous (F.A.) provides support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drug taking. F.A. (the sister organisation of Narcotics Anonymous) believe alcoholism affects the whole family, not just the drinker. They are an international organisation with many support groups in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Families Anonymous is a fellowship of relatives and friends of drug users who share their experience in order to solve their common problems.
How Can It Help You? The aim of Families Anonymous is to help the family and friends of people with a current, suspected or former drug problem by providing mutual support; and to offer a forum where experiences and anxieties can be shared. In the group members learn to come to terms with the problem that is disrupting their lives. Attending meetings helps members adopt an honest and consistent approach towards the addict. This in turn often brings him/her to realise that he/she needs help to live without drugs. Experience has shown that help for the family and friends means important help for the drug-dependent person.
Families Anonymous Confidential Helpline -please telephone 0800 140 4044. Families Anonymous Helpline calls at the moment are answered on weekdays 1pm – 4pm and 6pm – 10pm and on weekends 2pm – 10pm. Families Anonymous can also be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org For meetings in the United Kingdom or throughout the world Families Anonymous have provided some excellent links on their websiteFamilies Anonymous.
Addictions UK suggests to family members and friends of people with drug or drug related behavioural issues that they might well gain help and assistance from this organisation. It is not for all – but many people find support and fellowship here. There are UK meetings throughout England Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland.