Drug or alcohol addiction can be devastating and destructive.

Richie Philips

Besides the person that’s addicted, in many cases it takes a toll on their family.

There is one organization that many people feel like they’re at a loss and don’t know about where they can go for support to help them cope with the situation, especially for support. It’s called Families Anonymous (or FA).

The Families Anonymous basic pamphlet says it all - “For relatives and friends concerned about another person’s drug or alcohol use or related behavioral problems”. They are a 12 step fellowship of concerned relatives and friends who have faced up to the reality of their situation, and actually do something about it.

FA is a national organization, and there’s a local chapter here in the Albany area. Families Anonymous meets every Monday evening at 7:15 p.m. at 715 Conifer Park, 79 Glen Ridge Road, Room 117, in Scotia. The FA website has more information about the organization. There’s also a phone number that people can call - 1-800-736-9085.

I had a chance to talk to Liz and Sharon, two representatives from FA about the organization. They had plenty of information about FA and you can hear our conversation. They’re my guests on Capital Region Sunday, which will air on Sunday, July 12, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:10 a.m. on 107.7 WGNA.