What Is FA?


Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have experienced difficulties in life as a result of the way we used to eat. We joined FA because we were obsessed with food. We find that we need this program of recovery and the fellowship of others who share our problem in order to stop abusing food and begin living fulfilling lives. Through shared experience and mutual support, we help each other to recover from the disease of food addiction.

Our program of recovery is based on the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. We make use of AA principles to gain freedom from addictive eating. There are no dues, fees, or weigh-ins at FA meetings. Membership is open to anyone who wants help with food.


Who Joins FA?

FA members are men and women of all ages. We can be found all over the world-in North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. Some of us have been obese, while others have been too thin or have joined because of struggles with bulimia. There are also members who have managed to stay at a normal weight but remain constantly obsessed with food and with maintaining their weight. What we have in common is that our obsession with food has kept us from living fulfilling lives. Among us are people who have weighed less than 100 pounds, people who have weighed more than 400 pounds, and people who have maintained a normal weight.

Does the Program Really Work?

Many of us tried diets, exercise, or medication to solve our food problems before joining FA. In FA, we have finally found an approach to recovery that is long-lasting. Some of us have maintained normal weights and have been free of obsession with food for more than twenty-five years. There are many members with one or two years of recovery, and the number of individuals with five to ten years continues to grow.

How Can I Get Started in FA or Find Out More About the Program?

It's easy to begin! We encourage you to attend a meeting to learn more about the program. There are no dues or fees, and newcomers are welcome. We have a current list of meetings listed on the FA website. If you have any questions, or if there are no meetings listed for your area, here's how to contact us:

 
Phone: (781) 932-6300 (United States)
E-Mail: fa@foodaddicts.org
Mail:
FA World Service Office  
400 W. Cummings Park, Suite 1700
Woburn, MA 01801  USA
 

No Meeting in Your Area?

Many FA members work the program when there are no meetings nearby. We can help you find someone who can guide you through the program. Please e-mail the FA office, and we can help you get started. You can also call the contact(s) at the meetings closest to your location.