Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACoA) is a Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition program of men and women who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes. The ACoA program was founded on the belief that family dysfunction is a disease that infected us as children and affects us as adults. Our membership also includes adults from homes where alcohol or drugs were not present; however, abuse, neglect or unhealthy behavior was.
We meet to share our experience and recovery in an atmosphere of mutual respect. We discover how alcoholism and other family dysfunction affected us in the past and how it influences us in the present. We begin to see the unhealthy elements of our childhood. By practicing the Twelve Steps, focusing on the ACoA Solution, and accepting a loving Higher Power of our own understanding, we find freedom.
(This is an extract from the trifold “ACoA Is…”. Reprint only for distribution within ACoA or by written permission from Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization)