FAR needs your help — now more than ever!

Dear friends,

There must be better solutions for those suffering from alcoholism. That is why FAR was founded, and why we have — with your support — raised thousands of dollars toward alcoholism research.

Eight years ago, I witnessed first-hand what the life of an alcoholic meant. I accompanied a close friend to counseling, probation and family services. After many meetings and appointments, I realized — as dedicated as these services were — they could not help my friend. I searched for an organization that addressed the lack of good treatment methods for alcoholics. When I couldn’t find one, the Foundation for Alcoholism Research (FAR) was born.

Since then, FAR has remained committed to finding answers and solutions for alcoholics and their loved ones. We have awarded several research grants to support leading institutions to study the cause, identification and treatment of alcoholism. With your support, we have raised and distributed over $25,000. Your donations have supported studies of anti-craving medications like naltrexone and baclofen, and helped researchers from Pennsylvania to Vermont.

Our work has not gone unnoticed. Recently, FAR was listed as one of 14 great addiction-based non-profits and charities: https://www.thefix.com/content/15-great-addiction-based-nonprofits-and-charities-donate-slideshow-McCarton-Ackerman022215

A few years ago, we counted on a few friends and family members for support. Today, donations and messages come from every corner of the globe. Your letters have made us pause, cry, laugh and smile — most of all, they have reaffirmed the importance of our mission. So many of us have watched helplessly as friends and family struggle with alcohol. So many of us have been frustrated by the treatment options available. So many of us have wanted to help, but couldn’t.

That is why it is incredibly difficult for us to announce that we must dissolve FAR. As an all-volunteer organization, with many of our volunteers now in their seventies, we can no longer keep up with the day-to-day tasks of running a charitable organization. We have struggled with this decision for the last year. We have tried to find an organization to take over FAR, at least the administrative tasks, but have not been successful. As donations, correspondence, and our internet presence grows, the last thing we want to do is close our doors.

It will take some time to officially close the organization, so we hope there is someone out there — maybe you — who would be willing to take over FAR. Even if someone could take over just the bookkeeping and correspondence, we can keep the organization alive and continue our mission.

No matter what happens to FAR, be assured that your donations were not made not in vain. The baclofen study is ongoing, while any funds collected from now until FAR’s dissolution will be put into escrow and added to a pending award for a study set to begin soon. If this study does not begin in two years’ time, all funds will be donated to the Brain and Behavior Foundation. We recommend the Brain and Behavior Foundation for any future support you may wish to give. They fund research for many brain disorders, and you may designate your donation to go to alcohol addiction research.

Together, we will continue to fight for better treatment and diagnostic methods, wherever and whenever the opportunity presents itself. The FAR community cares; this care will exist whether FAR does or not. We will never stop supporting one another.

Over the coming months, I will keep you posted of FAR’s status. If, and when, we complete the legal process to dissolve FAR, I will let you know. The organization’s email will remain active for a year following that date.

The Board and I thank you for your loyalty and support over these eight years.

Peg Calder, Jennifer Honeywood, James McMillan, Alex Bertoni, John Spackman, Christine Fraoli

AMERICA WAKES UP TO ITS ADDICTION CRISIS

Our Mission

To raise and distribute funds to perform research in the following areas: causes, identification, detection, prevention, treatment, and cure of/for Alcoholism. It is not to provide funds for rehabilitation, detoxification, counseling, or any personal aid to people with this disease.

FAR is a fully-qualified IRS 501(c) 3 public charity.

What is FAR – and Why?

FAR is concerned about the disease of alcoholism, not the beverage. FAR is the only public charity supporting research to find better solutions for those afflicted. The funding for such research has been small compared to other diseases, yet it is the 3rd most prevalent disease in the US.  Read more…

FAR Public Service Announcement

Have you ever felt totally helpless watching someone close to you fight their addiction to alcohol? You can help…

Join the Foundation for Alcoholism Research and its mission to fund research into effective medical treatments for alcohol dependence, one of America’s most destructive diseases. FAR is an all-volunteer charity and 100% of your donation goes to research. The last grant went to a pilot program to test a promising anti-craving medication. The next grant being considered is for better diagnosis. FAR is the only public charity addressing research for alcohol addiction. Be part of the solution!

Memorial Funds

Dove-peace

  • Bill Young
  • Mary Williamson
  • Kevin Baer
  • Joseph Deitch
  • Brett Hilgendorf
  • Paul Wittenburg
  • Michael Jones
  • Diane Clodfelter
  • Anonymous Mr. W.
  • Rita Kaye Byler
  • Mark Ferguson
  • Darick Sarley
  • Tammy Resko
  • David Galli
  • Kenneth L. Hadsock
  • Jim Patterson
  • Anne Buckingham
  • Vannoy Thompson
  • Amy Grabina
  • Bryan Beaman
  • Diane Maye
  • Laura Jean Malay Murphy
  • Eric G. Madden
  • Walter Mercado
  • Edward Truan

Research

High-Dose Baclofen Supports Abstinence in Alcoholism

From Athens Greece: High doses of baclofen (multiple brands), a drug normally used to treat spasticity, supports alcohol-dependent patients in maintaining abstinence from alcohol and is reasonably well tolerated, new research indicates. Read More

 

Huge New Penn Study: Red Wine Not So Good For Your Heart After All

Uh, guys? I think the entire health community might soon take back everything good it’s ever said about red wine and heart health: A huge new study out of Penn Medicine, published today on BMJ.com, found absolutely no cardiovascular benefits to drinking even moderate amounts of alcohol, including red wine. Read more

 

Chilean Researchers Working on Alcoholism Vaccine

Researchers in Chile say that if their venture is successful, a shot a month could help alcoholics kick their habit.

A team of researchers in Chile are working to come up with a vaccine against alcoholism. If successful, the patient will get a shot a month and not crave alcohol anymore. Read more

In the News

Is Alcoholics Anonymous Irrational?

BBC | March 23, 2015

(BBC) Alcoholics Anonymous is a standard part of alcohol therapy in America. It was established 80 years ago and it’s famous 12 step philosophy says that in order to be cured an alcoholic must never drink a single drop again… Read More

 

A Cure for Alcoholism?

The Doctors | 2015

(The Doctors) Todd’s binge drinking has cost him his job and his family. He agrees to try a new medical treatment for alcoholism, a time-released implant that claims to curb alcohol cravings. Find out if the implant has any effect on this father. Plus, what advice does former child star and recovering alcoholic, Jeremy Miller, have for Todd?… Read More