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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)

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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.


One Day Ready Set GO!! and Non Dominant Handwriting in Fitchburg – December 1st

The Fitchburg ACA groups are presenting a wonderful opportunity to work the “ACA 12 steps” and “Loving Parent / Inner Child Non Dominant Hand Writing” workshop on July 21st starting at 9:00. (See Attached flyer below for details)

Where: Fitchburg Serenity Club, 6048 McKee Road, Fitchburg WI 53719 When: Saturday, December 1st from 9:00am to 4:00pm

Ready Set GO!! program is an orientation/introduction for those who wish to take the ACA Twelve Steps and learn about becoming your own Loving Parent. The material that forms the script is taken from our Big Red Book and our ACA 12 Step workbook.

This program is useful for:

  • Newcomers
  • Old Timers needing a refresher course with the ACA 12 steps & “Loving Parent” Those interested in getting an idea of the ACA 12 Steps before doing the workbook. Opportunity for “Fellow Travelers” to go though the steps with others in atmosphere of mutual respect. * Celebrate the growing ACA community across Chicagoland, Wisconsin, Midwest Region and beyond….

Come celebrate “ACA Unity and Fellowship” with us in Fitchburg, Wisconsin.


One Day Ready Se, GO!! and Non Dominant Handwriting
December 1, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Fitchburg Serenity Club, 6048 McKee Road, Fitchburg WI 53719 (map)
More Information:
Upstairs in the Ballroom. Lunch will be provided.

Join us for your 6-Minute Graduation in Fitchburg

Attention, Dreamers and Schemers,

The 6-Minute Graduation * will take place on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 3:30 pm in the Fitchburg Serenity Club Ballroom,located at 6048 McKee Road, Fitchburg, WI 53719.

Have you ever wanted to do something over, or to be recognized for all the hard, but rewarding recovery work that you have done?

Here is your opportunity to create new, positive memories with your ACA Fellow Travelers.

Join us for an afternoon of sharing, feelings, and food as we have fun and celebrate our growth.

People who choose to participate will be given time to share. Others may choose to simply be present in the audience.

For more information or to sign up to share, please contact Jan R. at 608-219-1057.

Potluck: Please bring a dish to pass. Music and dancing. 

All are welcome.

*We time our shares at Fitchburg. Typically, 6 minutes is the maximum amount of time a person gets to share. Actual time will depend on the number of people participating.

Ready, Set, GO!! Telephone Meetings – 3rd Quarter 2018

Ready Set GO!!

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ACA WSO Registered Telephone Meetings
With Screen Sharing

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Sponsored By: The West Great Lakes ACA Intergroup IG# 70

Four consecutive meetings on Mondays for each session
7:00pm-8:30pm Central Time

8:30pm-9:00pm, Sharing Partner Signup,
Extended Sharing Time, Email/Phone Exchange, Q & A

Session 1: August 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018
Session 2: September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 2018
Session 3: October 8, 15, 22, 29, 2018

Dial-in number (US): (712) 451-0695
Access code: 177289#
International dial-in numbers:
Online meeting ID: acatoni5617
Join the online meeting:
For 24/7 Customer Care, call (844) 844-1322

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 to volunteer to be a Sharing Partners for the 4 weeks.

Go to to get the material for the meetings. Click on RSG materials.
If you choose to join the online meeting you will not need to print out any material. RSG will be displayed on screen sharing. If you choose to printout only print pages 25 through 107 for the RSG meetings. If you have no computer and cannot view the material you will be OK just listening. When the material is no longer available on the West Great Lakes ACA IG website just email Toni at and you will receive the link with all the material. Browse through the other parts of RSG. Feel free to send
comments to

For a flyer to share with your group, click below: