Dual Anon Family Groups exist to help family and friends of people who experience two no-fault diseases: chemical dependency and emotional or psychiatric illness. Families coping with these diseases often feel alone and uncertain. Often family members try to help in ways that end up making the situation worse; others give up; others don’t know what to do.
Dual Anon, through weekly meetings, provides a base of support. We share each other’s struggles and provide an atmosphere of care and understanding. We all know what it’s like to see our loved one fall apart and to wish we could hold him together with our two hands; then watch him fall apart anyway. We understand the chaos that addiction and emotional or psychiatric illness bring to families.
A dual diagnosis brings unique challenges to recovery. Dual Anon differs from other Twelve Step groups because even though we don’t endorse any specific treatment methods, we realize that both diseases in a dual diagnosis must be treated, and we support the management of prescription medications to treat our loved one’s dual disorder.
You are not alone. On this website you will find information about Dual Anon Family Groups, a Twelve Step program for family and friends of those with a dual diagnosis of chemical dependence and emotional or psychiatric illness. At Dual Anon meetings we confidentially share our experiences, strengths and believable hope. We learn to take care of ourselves while discovering solutions that lead to serenity.
Help is available. The links on this website will provide basic information about Dual Anon and will tell you where to find a meeting.