You are invited to the Toronto ACA Annual Conferece

We have been invited to join the folk in Toronto at their Annual Conference on November 6 and 7. For many of us we discovered that we needed ACA Recovery through relationships that were not working for a whole bucket load of reasons. The Theme for the Toronto conference will be “Relationships in ACA Recovery.” Please see below for a descriptive flyer for the event and for the event schedule.

Please note: if you’d like to attend you will need to pre-register. There is a link at the bottom of the Event Flyer.

Ready Set GO!! has sessions now schedule through Feb 2022

Four sessions of Ready Set GO!! are now planned through February. For information on each session please click the links below.

Save the Date for our Fall Retreat – Postponed

Plans are underway for our Fall Retreat. We have decided that we won’t be gathering in person at this time. Please check the retreat page below for information as new plans are firmed up.The theme will be Recovering From Our Brokenness. More information is forthcoming. For up to date information please refer to the retreat web page on our website:

Save the Date for our 2021 Annual Conference

We are planning to meet in person for our 2021 West Great Lakes ACA Intergroup Annual Conference to be held this year on October 16, 2021. We’ll be meeting at Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL and all Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families are welcome to attend. Planning is underway and as the details are firmed up you can see the latest and greatest information on the West Great Lakes ACA website at:

Woodstock ACA Group Celebrates 2nd Anniversary

The Woodstock Adult Children of Alcoholics group will be celebrating their second anniversary with Guest Speaker Rick Atwater MS LCPC of Northwest Community Counseling Center on July 21 at 7:00PM.

The meeting will be held in-person with a virtual option. You may attend in person at: Unity Spiritual Center of Woodstock, 225 W Calhoun Street, Woodstock, IL 60098.

To attend virually go to:

For additional information download the event flyer below

Download here


June 2021 Reparenting Retreat Audio has been published

The Audio for the June 26 Retreat “Reparenting Our Inner Loving Child” has been published. You will find the audio for Ellie W’s and Matt W’s talks as well as versions of Matt’s presentation. The video will be available soon. To listen/download the audio please click here:


June 26 – from 12 Noon – 3 pm via ZOOM conferencing!

The Audio is now available for this Retreat. Please find two audio streams below. The first is Ellie W’s talk and the Second is Matt W. You can also find some versions of the presentation that Matt W Used

Reparenting Our Inner Loving Child – Ellie W
Reparenting Our Inner Loving Child – Matt W

Topics to include:

  • Nurturing your inner child
  • Emotional Maturity
  • Unifying the Self
  • Positive Self Talk
  • Understanding/Repairing your Story
  • Embracing Self-Love

Join Ellie W from Libertyville and Matt W from North Barrington ACA groups as they share their personal stories of ACA Experience, Strength and Hope as well as giving plenty of time for sharing and participation from attendees. See the linked flyer to get the call-in ID and Passcode. Can’t wait to see you there!

Click the picture above for a flyer with all the details. 

This has also been posted at the WSO website: here.

Intergroup Business Meeting on June 19

The West Great Lakes ACA Intergroup holds a monthly business meeting every month on the 3rd Saturday at 1:00 pm Central Time. That is on June 19th this month and we will be meeting using Zoom. Any ACA who attends meetings is welcome to join us and see/hear what is happening in the area. Each meeting is encouraged to appoint a representative to attend the meeting with voice and vote, but any meeting member in the area is welcome. If you are interested please send an email to requesting the connection information and we’ll send it back via email and then, stop in a see/hear what we’re up to.