Notes to Newcomers

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Welcome to Debtors Anonymous!

Here you can find a new way of living that offers recovery from compulsive debting and hope for a healthier, happier, more prosperous life. We suggest that you keep an open mind and attend at least six meetings as soon as possible. If you do not like one meeting, attend another. The important thing is to keep coming back.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • First and foremost, we suggest that you stop incurring any new unsecured debt,
    one day at a time.
  • To gain clarity about how we use money, we record our expenses and our income.
  • We recommend purchasing and reading D.A. literature, where you may find useful suggestions and new insights.
    (Helpful literature can be found at meetings or on the DA Literature Page)
  • We suggest that you begin by working the Twelve Steps and by practicing the D.A. Tools.
  • We suggest that you work the Twelve Steps in order, preferably with a sponsor or an experienced D.A. member who has worked and continues to work the Steps to the best of his or her ability. Sponsors help us work the 12 Steps, use the D.A. Tools and carry out our Action Plans.
  • After you have recorded your income and expenses for (preferably) 30-45 days, attended at least six meetings, and made a commitment to D.A., we suggest that you ask two members of D.A., (usually a man and a woman) to meet with you in a Pressure Relief Meeting.
  • We suggest that you practice the principle of anonymity. Who we see and what we hear at meetings and in private conversations is kept confidential.

If you decide that D.A. is not for you, keep us in mind for the future. You are always welcome. Debtors Anonymous will be here when you need it.

The above essay is Conference-approved material that is reprinted with permission from the General Service Board of Debtors Anonymous. More D.A. literature is available from:

Debtors Anonymous General Service Office
Box 920888, Needham,
MA 02492-0009
Visit the main D.A. website 

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