Category Archives: ACA – Adult Children of Alcoholics

Holiday Party – Arlington Heights 12/18

What: Pizza, potluck, beverages and desserts – plus, a great talk on recovery (pre-recorded) followed by a “mini-meeting.”

Bring: Yourself, a friend, good cheer and a little something to share. Please consider a seventh tradition donation to offset the cost of pizza.

Monday, December 18, 2017, 7:00 pm

Our Saviour’s Luthern Church
1234 N. Arlington Heights Rd.
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
ROOM 110

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Next Ready Set Go!! Phone Meetings start 10/2

Ready Set GO!!

ACA WSO Registered Telephone Meetings
TEL 0310
Sponsored By: The West Great Lakes ACA Intergroup IG# 70

Dial 1-712-770-8031 Code: 316354

7:00 pm-8:30 pm Central Time

Four consecutive meetings on Mondays for each session

  • Session 1: Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 2017
  • Session 2: Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, 2018
  • Session 3: March 5, 12, 19, 26, 2018

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Ready Set GO!! Meetings are closed ACA meetings for introducing the ACA 12 Steps and
the ACA program over a four week period. Ready Set GO!! is for newer ACA members to
become acquainted with the ACA Twelve Steps. RSG is good preparation to do the ACA 12
Step Workbook when a member feels ready. The experienced member may like to refresh
their recovery.

The material is taken from our Big Red Book and our ACA 12 Step Workbook. It requires those in attendance to listen to the material with an open mind and an open heart and in good faith with a desire to learn about ACA recovery. Ready Set GO!! can be taken over and over again to get more out of it. Requests will be made for Sharing Partners for the 4 weeks.

It is suggested that interested members can go to download and print out the 101 page pdf of the script and the handouts of the Ready Set GO!! material. Print this out in a single sheet format and bring this material to all the meetings. If you cannot print this material you are still welcome to join the meeting for listening, sharing and connecting with other adult children. Just following along with your computer would be just fine.

It is suggested members commit to attending the 4 consecutive meetings in a row to cover
all 12 steps. Our agenda includes:

  • Week 1—The Overview, Steps 1, 2 and 3
  • Week 2—Steps 4 and 5
  • Week 3—Steps 6, 7, 8 and 9
  • Week 4—Steps 10, 11 and 12

The West Great Lakes ACA Intergroup website will have all
information for Ready Set GO!! Any questions contact Toni at

New Meeting – Thursdays starting 3/23

A new ACA Meeting will begin on Thursday 3/23 at 7:30 pm

St. Raymond de Penafort
Parish Ministry Center (PMC)
301 S. I-Oka St., Mount Prospect*

The PMC is located at the corner of I-Oka St. and Milburn Ave.
You must enter the PMC through the Milburn Ave. entrance (door #4). Then, proceed to the “Living Room” near the front desk.
Milburn Ave. entrance open until 7:45pm. After 7:45. Knock to be let in.

Street parking is available.
Church lot is located at Lincoln St. and Rte. 83.

Questions? Contact Dan at or 847-259-4645

Download the pdf flyer here.

*Note: St Raymond de Penafort is the current location of the Monday night meeting, which is moving back to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights.

Monday Meeting Moving on 3/13


Currently held at St. Raymond’s in Mt. Prospect, this meeting is returning to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights.

As of MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017 the 7:30pm meeting will meet:


Directions from St. Raymond’s to Our Saviour’s:
(From the St. Raymond’s Parish Ministry Center at I-Oka and Milburn:)

  • North on I-Oka to Prospect Ave.
  • Left on Prospect Ave. to Central Rd.
  • Right on Central Rd.
  • Quick left on Northwest Hwy.• Northwest Hwy. to Arlington Heights Rd.
  • Right on Arlington Heights Rd. to Olive St.
  • Left on Olive St.
  • Our Savior’s is on the corner.

Questions? Contact Dan at or 847.259.4645

Download the pdf flyer here.


Ready Set Go – 1 Day Program 3/25

Gain an understanding of the ACA 12 steps before you begin to work them. This one day program will show you what to expect from each step.

An inner child handwriting workshop will conclude the day.

Saturday March 25, 2017
9:00 AM
Fitchburg Serenity Club – Room H
6048 McKee Road
Fitchburg WI 53719

Download the pdf flyer here.


Ready Set Go Phone Session – March 6, 13, 20 and 27

Ready Set GO!! is now being offered as an ACA WSO Registered Telephone Meeting. 

All meetings will be on Mondays, 7:00pm-8:30pm Central Time
Dial 1-712-770-8031 Code: 316354
Begins: Monday, March 6, 2017

Ready Set GO!! Meetings are closed ACA meetings for taking the ACA 12 Steps over a 4 week period. We will not be working the Steps. We will be taking the Steps. Ready Set GO!! is for ACA members to become acquainted with the ACA Twelve Steps and to prepare you for when you choose to do the ACA 12 Step Workbook. The recovering and discovering progresses with taking the steps by using a structured format over a four week period. The material is taken from our Big Red Book and our ACA 12 Step Workbook.

Learn more from our Ready Set Go! Flyer (click to download a PDF or see below).


Ready Set Go Flyer March 2017

ACA Retreat – April 28-30

The Steps We Take Toward a Better Life

April 28, 29 & 30, 2017

Join us for a retreat to a place of recovery and explore the 12 steps of ACA in the spirit of the traditions.

Guest speakers:

  • Bill D. ACA World Service Organization Trustee, from Florida. Bill was a featured speaker at the First Annual ACA Convention in April 2016. He will be sharing his insight and wisdom from his own process with the steps thru recovery work in both AA and ACA
  • Dave S. experienced presenter of ‘Ready, Set, Go’ Step Workshop from Wisconsin. Dave will share from this consolidated preview of the 12 steps, which helps us to release anxiety and fearfulness surrounding the steps. He will also lead an activity connecting the loving parent and inner child.

This retreat also features:

  • Optional end of the day Walk and Talks
  • The weekend fee of $140.00 includes dormitory lodging, meals & program for 3 days and 2 nights. Please consider an additional contribution towards a scholarship attendee.
  • Space is limited! Only your check holds your reservation (please post date your check to 4/28/17).
  • If you have questions, please contact Bob at 847-800-3137
  • This Weekend Retreat requires your commitment to the program and the group, and is best supported by your full attendance. Please plan to arrive Friday eve with departures at noon on Sunday. Guest Speaker and Workshop segments will be available only to full retreat attendees.Day passes will not be offered.

This retreat is endorsed and sponsored by the 5:30 Barrington ACA Group.

Download the flyer for more information.

ACA Retreat The Steps We Take