Living on the Frontier
No Meetings in Your Area?
What is meant by "Living on the Frontier?"
The term "Living on the Frontier" refers to members living at least 100 miles (161 km) from an FA meeting. However, you can still get started in the FA program if you do live on the frontier!
Determine if you are a food addict. These resources might help you decide:
- Take this quiz: 20 Questions
- Read some of our literature: Pamphlets, Food Addicts Book
- Listen to stories from members: Audio Recordings
Here are some helpful resources:
THE LONG-DISTANCE SPONSOR LIST
Sponsors are FA members who will guide you with a food plan and the tools of FA. The Long-Distance Sponsor List is a helpful resource for members living at least 100 miles /161 km from an FA meeting. Members on this list may be available for long-distance sponsorship, or they can help you find someone with time available. To receive a copy, or to add your name to the list, click the link here: Long-Distance Sponsor List
THE FRONTIER MEMBER LIST
Talking to other FA members is an important tool used in the FA program. The Frontier Member List is a compilation of FA Members who live 100 miles / 161 km or more from an FA meeting and who have requested to be on the list. To receive a copy, or to add your name to the list, click the link here: Frontier Member List
THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE LIST
The Universal Language List is an excellent resource for members who speak a language other than English. Members on this list have the desire to receive/return phone calls and have some ability to speak in a language other than English. To receive a copy, or to add your name to the list, click the link here: Universal Language List
Below are some stories from people who currently live, or have lived, on the frontier.
- Individual story: 'Recovery on the FA Frontier'
- January 2016 connection magazine article: 'Long Distance Recovery'
- December 2015 connection magazine article: 'Not Too Far to Travel'
FRONTIER SUPPORT CALL
The 12th Step Committee has hosted two Frontier Support Calls to provide information and assistance to members who are living on the frontier. Below are the highlights from those calls.
- October 18, 2015 - Topics: Staying Connected, and Attending In-Person AA Meetings
- February 21, 2016 - Topic: Service & Living on the Frontier
ANNOUNCEMENT – 2017 FRONTIER SUPPORT CALL SERIES
The WSI 12th Step Committee is excited to announce the second annual series of Frontier Support Conference Calls!
The theme for this year’s Support Call series will be “Ways to Build a Fellowship on the Frontier”. Frontier members and their sponsors are encouraged to join because the series is being done ‘workshop style’ where specific guidelines and step-by-step actions will be shared regarding building a fellowship while living on the frontier. So, get ready to roll up your sleeves!
The first conference call will take place Sunday, January 29, 2017, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Eastern Standard Time and will cover the topic: “Basics of F.A.: Staying Abstinent on the Frontier”. Part of the meeting will be dedicated to sharing experience, strength and hope, however, we are looking to provide answers to your specific questions related to challenges of staying abstinent on the frontier.
Materials for those participating on the first support call:
- Frontier Support Call Announcement and Instructions: Message with instructions on how to join the support call and how to send us specific questions prior to the session
- Gratitude in Action Article, “The ABC’s of Building a Fellowship”
- Guide to Living Abstinently: Text for the soon-to-be-published F.A. Pamphlet
Reading these documents in advance will be helpful for participants on the call.
PUBLIC INFORMATION RESOURCES
New meetings start one at a time, typically by several members who have been abstinent at least six months. The resources listed below are available to assist those who want to start new meetings or grow fellowships in their area by educating the general public about FA. Suggestions and guidelines are provided to help efforts to attract newcomers.