Ab-Anon is a self-help group made up of relatives and friends of anorexics and bulimics. In our meetings, members share their experience, strength and hope in order to help others and ourselves recover from the effects that living with, and loving, an anorexic or bulimic has on us.
We believe that for many, eating disorders are addictions, similar in many respects to alcoholism, and just as devastating to family and friends as alcoholism can be. Our program, adapted from the Al-Anon program for families and friends of alcoholics, is based on the Twelve suggested Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, which we try, little by little, to apply to our lives along with our slogans and the Serenity Prayer.
We who live with the problems of anorexia and bulimia understand as perhaps few others can. We, too, were lonely, frustrated, and preoccupied with our loved one’s eating disorder. When we try to grapple with the problems on our own our thinking becomes distorted as we try to force solutions and we become irritable and unreasonable without knowing it.
In Ab-Anon we discover that no situation is really hopeless, and that it is possible for us to find contentment, and even happiness, whether the anorexic or bulimic is still practicing unhealthy eating patterns or not. The family situation is bound to improve as we apply the Ab-Anon ideas.
Ab-Anon is neither a professional group nor an educational group. Rather, it is a support group made up of family members and friends of people with eating disorders.
We urge you to try our program. It will show you how to find solutions that lead to serenity. We hope you will find in this fellowship the help and friendship we have been privileged to enjoy.