Who is FAFS?
FAFS is a community-based support group for people whose lives are impacted by the behaviours of friends, family members, or relatives who are affected by addictions.
 
It does not matter what type of addiction your friend / family member / relative may have – if your life is being impacted by their behaviour, then this group is for you.
 
We offer the support of other people going through the same issues as yourself. You are not alone in your struggles … we never judge, and we understand because we are all “walking the same road”.
In our meetings we ….  Share our story …. Offer support for one another …. Offer advice on professional services / support agencies that may be of help …. Have various professionals speak on occasions.
 
At FAFS we are all equal – we offer you a community of people who truly understand the issues that you are dealing with, and we support one another in those struggles. We cannot fix the addictions of your loved one, but we can help you be better equipped, better supported, and truly cared for by a group of people who understand.

 


Support groups bring together people who are going through or have gone through similar experiences. There are more people in Tumut who are affected by the actions of addicted loved ones than you realise.


FAFS support group provides an opportunity for people to share personal experiences and feelings, coping strategies, and firsthand information about addiction and its ongoing impact on families. 

 

There is no limit on gender, race, or any religious or cultural affiliations. Anyone 18 years or over can attend a FAFS group.


For many people, a support group fulfills the need for emotional support that they cannot get from other people who do not understand their situation. A person's relationship with a doctor or counselor may not provide adequate emotional support, and a person's family and friends may not understand the impact on your life. A support group among people with shared experiences can function as a bridge between medical and emotional needs.


Benefits of participating in a support group may include:

  • Reducing distress, depression, anxiety or fatigue

  • Talking openly and honestly about your feelings

  • Improving skills to cope with challenges

  • Staying motivated to manage chronic ongoing situations

  • Gaining a sense of empowerment and  hope

  • Improving understanding of addiction and your own experience with it

  • Getting practical feedback about treatment options for you and your loved one

  • Learning about health, economic and other social resources

 

FAFS meetings contain an education component, and we start with an agreement about guidelines which encompasses anonymity with an agreed set of guidelines, reinforcing anonymity and respect for everyone attending the group. The sharing component is only if you wish to share and we keep the focus on you, so that you can gain the most from the group.

 

Our aim is for you to become stronger and more resilient, and in turn be the best you can be for yourself and your loved one. 

 
What is a FAFS Group?
 
When and Where?

FAFS meets 7:30pm every second and fourth Wednesday of the month during the NSW School Term.

 

We meet at the Tumut Community Church building

72 Fairway Drive (at the Golf Club turn-off).

 
More Information -
Contact

FAFS

PO Box 483

Tumut, NSW 2720

 

Eddie Olsen

0447 973 044

fafstumut@gmail.com

 

 
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