Meetings

What to expect

  • Who: ACA Meetings are made up of people who wish to recover from the effects of growing up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes. Many of us identify with these common survival traits.
  • Duration: ACA meetings are 60 minutes to 90 minutes in duration. There are some two-hour meetings with a break at one hour.
    • Live Meeting Format: The ACA meeting might focus on reading and discussion of ACA literature or a recovery-related topic. Members are asked to avoid intellectualizing the topics. We talk about our feelings and our life experiences and how the literature, Step work or other ACA recovery works in our lives. We share about personal change, working the steps and connecting with our inner child and higher power. We talk openly about our lives and our hope.
    • Telephone Meeting Format: Telephone meetings are conference calls. Participants call the number then enter an access code. By default, all participants are on mute. To share, participants un-mute themselves by pressing *1 on their keypad. There are many formats (described below), but most telephone meetings have a meeting chairperson who reads guidelines and describes how the format works. Participants take turns reading from the ACA Red Text. Next, the chairperson asks for volunteers to share, one at a time, about their experience relating to the topic or reading. As with the live meetings, we talk about our feelings and our life experiences and how the literature, step work, or other ACA recovery works in our lives. We share about personal change, working the steps, and connecting with our inner child and higher power.
  • Respect: There is no “cross talk” which means no one interrupts or criticizes what another has to say, members speak only from their own point of view and experience. If there is ever perpetrating behavior, the meeting moderator will drop the perpetrator from the conference calls.

Please use the information below to find a meeting near you.


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