What is WSO… ?
WSO is the World Service Organization of Adult Children of Alcoholics. It acts as the central agency of the program, gathering and disseminating meeting information; creating and distributing literature for use in the Family Groups and provides information to the general public.
What is ACA (ACoA)… ?
Adult Children of Alcoholics is a recovery program for adults whose lives were affected as a result of being raised in an alcoholic or
Do my parents need to be alcoholics… ?
No ! If you can identify with The Problem or have several of the characteristics of the “Laundry List” ACA will benefit you.
What is the cost… ?
Is ACA a religious organization?
ACA provides a Spiritual path to recovery; it is not a religious organization, nor is it affiliated with any religion. As a Twelve Step organization, each person is encouraged to seek a Higher Power, or God, of their own understanding. For some, this may well be the God of their religious background or affiliation, the God of their church, synagogue, or mosque. For others, their Higher Power many simply come to be the supportive energy they feel and appreciate within their ACA group meeting.
What is a Higher Power… ?
ACA is a spiritual program, based on no particular religion or set of beliefs but rather an understanding of a power greater than ourselves that can aid us on our path to recovery. This Higher Power is as diverse as the individuals of the group.
Where is a meeting… ?
If you want to find a local meeting, please look at our Events page.
For a list of all the known ACA meetings please go to the WSO, and you will be able to use the Search Local Meetings tool. Then you can verify the meeting of your choice by calling the local phone number. Just as individuals recover and grow meetings are born and die as the need arises or declines. WSO tries to keep the meeting information current but cannot guarantee that every meeting listed is active.
How do I start a meeting…?
Start by taking a look at the “Guidelines for a new meeting” from the Resources page. This will give you all the basic information needed for establishing and running an ACA meeting. The ACA Fellowship Text also includes information on starting a new meeting. For additional information, consider ordering a New Meeting Packet to help in starting your meeting. Both the Fellowship Text and New Meeting Packet are available for purchase directly from WSO
Can I attend a “Closed Meeting”?
Many ACA groups hold closed meetings, which means the meeting is reserved for those identifying as an adult child. Guests are asked to attend an open meeting, which is open to friends and relatives of the adult child. For some ACA members, closed meetings offer a sense of safety and stronger identification among those sharing or speaking at the meeting (extracted from the ACA Fellowship Text p 566).
Why doesn’t ACA link to other websites…?
We do not provide links to other websites because of our Sixth Tradition which states that we do not endorse any outside enterprise. Since we have no control as to where other sites may lead and what they may endorse we cannot violate this Tradition. We do grant other webs permission to link to our site. We only link to other Intergroup websites and to www.adultchildren.org.