Family Fellowships are for friends or family members whose lives have become effected as a result of a loved one’s addiction – be it to substance or behaviour. Below are descriptions of some of the major family support Fellowships that offer a program of recovery and support so as to help you find out which one suits your needs and can best support you towards recovery.
For website and contact information including details of Farsi speaking meetings of these Fellowships, please refer to: Farsi Meetings
The Nar-Anon Family Groups are a worldwide fellowship for those affected by someone else’s addiction. As a Twelve-Step Program, we offer our help by sharing our experience, strength, and hope. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of addiction in a relative or friend. Nar-Anon’s Purpose Nar-Anon is a twelve-step program designed to help relatives and friends of addicts recover from the effects of living with an addicted relative or friend. Nar-Anon’s program of recovery uses Nar-Anon’s Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. The only requirement to be a member and attend Nar-Anon meetings is that there is a problem of drugs or addiction in a relative or friend. Nar-Anon is not affiliated with any other organization or outside entity.
For information on Farsi speaking Nar-Anon meetings, please click here: Nar-Anon
Families Anonymous is a world-wide fellowship of family members and friends affected by another’s abuse of mind-altering substances, or related behavioural problems. FA has groups, spread throughout the country, which meet regularly. Any concerned person is encouraged to attend the meetings, even if there is only a suspicion of a problem. The Fellowship is a self-help organisation with a programme based on the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions first formulated by Alcoholics Anonymous. The aim of the group 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.
Al-Anon and Al-Ateen
At Al-Anon Family Group meetings, the friends and family members of problem drinkers share their experiences and learn how to apply the principles of the Al-Anon program to their individual situations. They learn that they are not alone in the problems they face, and that they have choices that lead to greater peace of mind, whether the drinker continues to drink or not. Al-Ateen is a peer support group for teens who are struggling with the effects of someone else’s problem drinking. Many Al-Ateen groups meet at the same time and location as an Al-Anon group. Al-Ateen meetings are open only to teenagers.
For information on Farsi speaking Al-Anon and Al-Ateen meetings, please click here: Al-Anon
Adult Children of Alcoholics
Adult Children of Alcoholics is an anonymous Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition program of women and men who grew up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes. We meet with each other in a mutually respectful, safe environment and acknowledge our common experiences. We discover how childhood affected us in the past and influences us in the present. We take positive action. By practicing the Twelve Steps, focusing on The Solution, and accepting a loving Higher Power of our understanding, we find freedom from the past and a way to improve our lives today.
There are currently no ACA Farsi speaking meeting. For further information on this fellowship, please click here: www.adultchildren.org
Family Members of Sex Addicts
S-Anon is a program of recovery for those who have been affected by someone else’s sexual behavior. S-Anon is based on the Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. The primary purpose of S-Anon is to recover from the effects upon us of another person’s sexaholism, and to help families and friends of sexaholics.
There are currently no S-Anon Farsi speaking meeting. For further information on this fellowship, please click here: www.sanon.org
Family Members of Gamblers
Gam-Anon is a 12 Step self-help fellowship of men and women who have been affected by the gambling problem of a loved one. We understand as perhaps few can. We are familiar with worry and sleepless nights and promises made only to be broken.The message of Gam-Anon is: Come join with us. We too were alone, afraid, and unable to cope with the deterioration in our relationships, the financial problems, and the debt caused by the gambling problem. We know that living with the effects of a loved one’s gambling can be too devastating to bear without help.Through Gam-Anon we find our way back to a normal way of thinking and living whether or not our loved ones continue to gamble.
There are currently no Gam-Anon Farsi speaking meeting. For further information on this fellowship, please click here: www.gam-anon.org