Debtors Anonymous

Debtors Anonymous (DA) is a twelve-step program for people who want to stop incurring unsecured debt. Collectively they attend more than 500 weekly meetings in nine countries. Those who compulsively incur unsecured debt are said to be engaged in compulsive debting and are known as compulsive debtors.

DA encourages careful record keeping and monitoring of finances—including purchases, income, and debt payments—to get a clear picture of spending habits. This information is used to develop healthier spending practices, supporting one in keeping a reasonable quality of life while still repaying debt. Similarly, DA recommends developing plans for the future to increase income.

DA's program is intended to facilitate a progressive personality change in its members, ultimately transforming their world views and changing their behaviors. Many DA members only partially accept the ideology of the organization. Parts of DA's program, such as stigmatizing labels used to describe members, may actually hinder acceptance of DA's ideology.

Read more about Debtors Anonymous:  Development, Membership, Concepts, Changes in World View, Parallel Organizations

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... Debtors Anonymous groups, independent of those all ready meeting in New York, were formed in the late 1970s by the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW ... The NCNW Debtors Anonymous members had four goals (1) Develop individual budgets and report regularly at group meetings on progress and problems (2) Select and work with a buddy for mutual support and as a ... naming itself the National Association of Debtors Anonymous formed ...

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