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ACA Midsummer Getaway 2019

Have you been seeking a Retreat Experience but have a hard time committing to an entire weekend?  Join your Fellow Travelers for a 1 Day Retreat/Getaway at the beautiful University of St. Mary of the Lake campus in Mundelein, IL. We will serve up Fellowship, Tranquility, Quiet Time, Breakfast and Lunch!

The focus of the day will be Step 11: 

Sought through Prayer and Meditation to improve our contact with a Higher Power,
praying only for knowledge of its will for us and the power to carry it out.  

DATE: Saturday July 13, 2019
TIME: 9 am – 5 pm (with option to stay longer and even add an overnight stay on either Friday Night, Saturday Night or BOTH (Extra fees apply)!
COST: $50 ($40 if paid by May 31!).

Check out all the details and Register ONLINE! Just go to
Don’t Delay, space is limited! 
Sponsored by your West Great Lakes ACA Intergroup

See Flyer Below or click here to download a flyer to share with your group.


Libertyville Monday Night ACoA Group – 31st Anniversary – April 22, 2019

It’s Our 31st Anniversary!

When: Monday, April 22, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Where: St. Lawrence Episcopal Church, 125 W. Church St, Libertyville
Speaker: Rick Atwater, MS, LCPC

This is an open meeting, which means everyone is welcome. If you are a member of a 12 Step group, have a family member or friend in a 12 Step program, or is somebody who heard about ACoA and wants to check it out, this is the event for you.

First, Rick Atwater, MS, LCPC, will speak about the 12 Steps and ACA recovery. Rick is very knowledgeable about ACA issues because he has been assisting people with their emotional and spiritual growth since 1972 in various settings from hospitals and agencies to private practice.

Additionally, Rick lectures nationwide, has been published nationally and founded the Heroin Awareness Foundation.

Rick’s approach is direct and current behavior oriented. He supports the use of the twelve step programs where appropriate. Rick will also answer questions.

Second, we’ll have a party with refreshments to celebrate our group being together and helping support each other in recovery for 31 years.

Please join us!

Yours in program, Don M.

P.S. This is a terrific opportunity to catch up with old friends.

Libertyville Monday Night Adult Children of Alcoholics and other dysfunctional families

St. Lawrence Church, 125 W. Church St., Libertyville, IL
Meets every Monday at 7 p.m.
(Park behind church and enter through double doors, proceed to basement)

Visit our website:

Please Post / Forward this flyer to whomever will benefit. Thanks! 

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? – Mary Norman

ACA WSO – Special “Addressing Predatory Behavior” ComLINE Newsletter

The ACA WSO has published a special edition of the ComLINE Newsletter “Addressing Predatory Behavior” which should prove to be an important resource for all of our groups as we work to create a safe place for our fellow travelers to work on our recovery together. In this special edition read about:

  • Why We Need to Talk About Predatory Behavior
  • We Don’t Know What Safety Feels Like
  • Many of Us Experienced Sexual Abuse in Childhood
  • What Happens at Meetings
  • But Wait – It’s Not Just Sexual
  • Gentleness Break
  • How The Meeting Can Help – And Does It?
  • Outlook

You can get a complete copy of this special edition directly from the Adult Children Web site by clicking the following link: Addressing Predatory Behavior

If you are interested in past editions of the ComLINE Newsletter you will find an archive of ComLINE editions on the Adult Children Website.

2019 Spring Retreat – Life’s Relationships – Part 2 – Tools

SPRING Bi-Annual ACA Retreat




A weekend of reflection, renewal and fellowship

March 1, 2 & 3, 2019

Join us for a time of retreat to a place of recovery and explore ACA in the spirit of the traditions.
We will focus on how to achieve emotional sobriety in all of Life’s Relationships. We will discuss the following topics: boundaries, recognizing feelings, the authentic self and forgiveness. The goal is to learn from each other the tools to help create fulfilling relationships with our spouse, partner, family, friends, co-workers, etc.
Welcome to the 5th Northern IL ACA Retreat. The format includes 5 meetings: 1 Friday evening, 3 Saturday, 1 Sunday with a focus on tools and positive takeaways. All meeting topics will be taken from the Big Red Book, presented in the form of a lead given by a preselected attendee, followed by breakout groups for discussion.
There will also be time available for optional walk & talks, fellowship, journaling overlooking the lake, or reading in the quiet of your own private room or one of the beautiful meeting spaces.
Please join us for this special weekend at Benet Lake to grow in your personal recovery journey!

Please print out the flyer for additional information and for the registration form.


Bi-Annual ACA Spring Retreat – Life’s Relationships – Part 2 – Tools

March 1, 2 & 3, 2019

Friday at 6PM through Sunday at Noon

Benet Lake Retreat Center, 12605 224th Avenue, Benet Lake, WI 53102 (map)

More Information:
If weekend fee of $195 is paid before 2/22/2019 it is refundable. Please refer to the flyer for more information and registration form.

Bob S, 847-800-3137


6-Minute Coffeehouse – January 2019


The 6-Minute Coffeehouse: Express Your True Self

January 11, 2019

7 – 9:30 pm

The Ballroom at the Fitchburg, Serenity Club, 6048 McKee Road, Fitchburg, WI

More Information:
You are welcome to join us at the Monthly 6-Minute Coffeehouse. A monthly, express your (true)self talent/no talent show. Bring Your 6-Minute Act. Anything at all. Comedy, singing, stories (NA) drinks to share, your supportive attention.