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If someone you love suffers because of food, there is help.

If you are reading this, you may have a family member or friend finding recovery in Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA). Or, perhaps, someone you care about is suffering as a result of their relationship to food and you wonder if FA can help.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is based on the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Unlike diet programs which rely on willpower and effort, FA addresses addiction and recovery is rooted in surrender. As a result, members find lasting freedom from cravings and maintain healthy weights for years and even decades.

FA members have found that we are addicted not only to foods made with flour and sugar, but to quantities of food as well. Many of us have been obese while others were underweight. Some of us maintained a healthy weight, but struggled constantly with obsession about our bodies. Without a program of recovery, we are unable to consistently make healthy choices about what we eat, regardless of the incredible willpower often evident in other areas of our lives.

For a basic understanding of food addiction and the program of Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA), and to read the experience of other family members with loved ones in FA, read the pamphlet To our Familes and Friends.

For a deeper look, you can also read our book Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, or listen to the FA podcast.

"It’s hard to be married to someone going through that kind of suffering and not be affected yourself. I felt despairing. Am I going to find her lying on the couch in the den feeling sick? I had no way of fixing any of this."

For more stories from FA family members, read the pamphlet To our Familes and Friends.