Helpful existing fellowships and resources

There are some existing fellowships and resources that may be very helpful for family and friends of internet and technology addicts. They can provide clear guidance on dealing with addiction in general, on healing from its effects, and on how to go about building a recovery fellowship. Meetings are available in many places. Al-Anon, Nar-Anon and CoDA each has its own recovery literature.

  • Al-Anon. The Al-Anon fellowship has existed since 1951 for the family and friends of alcoholics. As the oldest and most well attended of the fellowships for family and friends, its members have a wide breadth and depth of experience to share on living with addicts and healing from the ill effects and dysfunctional patterns.
  • Nar-Anon. The Nar-Anon fellowship has existed since 1968 for the family and friends of those suffering from addiction.
  • CoDA. Co-Dependents Anonymous has existed since 1986 and is a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships.

The Big Book of AA also has several chapters written for family and acquaintances of addicts:

Chapter 8 To Wives
Chapter 9 The Family Afterward
Chapter 10 To Employers