The ACA or ACOA program was created in the 1970s by a group of Alateen members who needed a program that focused on recovery from their experiences growing up in alcoholic or dysfunctional families. It is a separate 12-step program similar to, but separate from Al-Anon. Emily joins Spencer to explore how ACA is different from but also works together with Al-Anon in her recovery.
Our conversation was guided by these questions.
- What is ACA?
- Maybe talk a little about the history? (http://www.adultchildren.org/lit/EarlyHistory.s)
- Fellow travelers – What we call fellow ACA’s
- How is it different from Al-Anon?
- The focus of Al-Anon is on adult issues or spousal drinking, vs childhood issues in ACA.
- What is the “laundry list”? (http://www.adultchildren.org/lit-Laundry_List)
- How is the first step of ACA different? (http://www.adultchildren.org/lit-Steps)
- “We admitted we were powerless over the effects of alcoholism or other family dysfunction, that our lives had become unmanageable.”
- Why is this important?
- How do ACA meetings differ from Al-Anon meetings?
- No crosstalk
- How are they the same?
- Common topics
- How has ACA helped you recover?
- What would you say to someone who is considering attending ACA?
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