About ACA

Welcome to the ACA program. This is a 12-Step, 12-Tradition fellowship focused on recovering from specific behavior and attitude patterns developed while growing up in an alcoholic or other dysfunctional home.

ACA is not meant to be a substitute for other 12-Step programs but the tools we offer can be helpful in recovery. Meetings are intended to be safe places where we can share our experience, strength and hope without judgment or criticism. We have the right to listen without sharing until we are ready.

This program is grounded in spiritual guidance, not affiliated with any particular religion. We respect one another’s anonymity: who we see at meetings and what they say is treated confidentially.

We meet together to do what we have been unable to do alone. We welcome you to join us.

How It Works

As ACA becomes a safe place for you, you will find freedom to express all the hurts and fears that you have kept inside and to free yourself from the shame and blame that are carry-overs from the past. You will become an adult who is imprisoned no longer by childhood reactions. You will recover the child within you, learning to love and accept yourself.

The program suggests that when sharing, please try to self-disclose.  Self-disclosing means speaking in “I” statements as opposed to the words “we,” “us,” or “you.”  This enables others to benefit more from what you are saying as it is more personal and honest and less directive.  For example instead of saying: “When you get abused, it hurts you,” please say “When I got abused, it hurt me,”  or,  instead of saying “We need to be present to our feelings,” say “I need to be present to my feelings.”  Thank you.