In D.A., the purpose is threefold: to stop incurring unsecured debt, to share experiences with the newcomer, and to reach out to other debtors.
The only requirement for D.A. membership is a desire to stop using any form of unsecured debt. There are no dues or fees; they are self-supporting through their own contributions. Members share their experiences in recovery from compulsive indebtedness on a one-to-one basis, and introduce the newcomer to D.A.’s Twelve Steps of personal recovery (based on the Twelve Steps of A.A.) and its Twelve Traditions that sustain the Fellowship itself.
At the heart of the program are its meetings, which are conducted autonomously by D.A. groups in cities and towns throughout the world. Anyone may attend open meetings of D.A. These usually consist of talks by one or more speakers who share impressions of their past and their present recovery in D.A. The beginners’ meetings are open to anyone who believes he or she may have this problem. Closed meetings are not open to the general public or to the professional community. Debtors recovering in D.A. generally attend several meetings each week.
Anonymity helps the Fellowship govern itself by principles rather than personalities; attraction rather than promotion. They openly share their program of recovery, but not the names of individuals in the program of Debtors Anonymous.
Their website includes the following features.
- Explanations of the group - its background, principles and methods
- Meeting Finder (In Person, Telephone and Online)
- Free D.A. Essential Readings and book previews
- Organization Information
- Online Store
The idea that would become the Fellowship of Debtors Anonymous started in 1968, when a core group of recovering members from Alcoholics Anonymous began discussing the problems they were experiencing with money. Led by a man named John H., they began an eight-year spiritual odyssey to understand the causes and conditions behind their self-destructive behavior with money.
DA offers face to face, online and phone meetings. All of these meetings are in one list and the list can then be filtered by date, location and meeting type.