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Welcome to
Connecticut Adult Children
Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families.
Recent Meeting Changes and Upcoming Events
Recent Meeting Changes and Upcoming Events

Effective Monday 9/18/23 , Greater Danbury Area ACA Meeting CT0143 will now meet 6:30-7:30pm

Wednesday's 7pm - A Safe Place (CT 096)***New Zoom Link Beginning September 6, 2023*** See Meetings page for zoom link.
September 21 @ 2:00 pm - September 24 @ 12:00 pm
ACA 2023 Simple Camping Event
Salt Rock State Campground 173 Scotland Rd, Baltic, CT, United States (see Events).

September 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
1st Anniversary Of the EXPECT THE BEST Men’s Meeting (see Events).

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Never before in the history of Twelve Step programs has a fellowship brought together such a diverse group of recovering people that includes adult children of alcoholics, codependents, and addicts of various sorts. The program is Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA).

The term “adult child” is used to describe adults who grew up in alcoholic or dysfunctional homes and who exhibit identifiable traits that reveal past abuse or neglect. The group includes adults raised in homes without the presence of alcohol or drugs. These ACA members have the trademark presence of abuse, shame, and abandonment found in alcoholic homes.

Our 30 years of experience has shown that adult children who attend our meetings, work the Twelve Steps, and find a Higher Power experience astonishing improvement in body, mind, and spirit. Ours is one of the few Twelve Step fellowships that embraces the difficult task of trauma work, which can often lead to an exciting journey to the Inner Child or True Self.

Along with sponsorship, we encourage informed counseling to help the adult child accomplish the greatest level of emotional healing from an abusive upbringing.

Resource: Excerpted from Fellowship Text pp. xii-xiii (2006).

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What is ACA?

Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families (ACA or ACoA), is as an international 12 Step recovery program for individuals who grew up in alcoholic or dysfunctional homes. ACA is based on the belief that the disease of alcoholism and family dysfunction infected us as children and continues to affect us as adults.

What is an “Adult Child”?

An adult child is someone who meets the demands of life with survival techniques learned as children. Without help, we unknowingly operate with ineffective thoughts and judgments that can sabotage our decisions and relationships.

The ACA Laundry List

These are some characteristics we seem to have in common due to being brought up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional household.

We became isolated and afraid of people and authority figures.
We became approval seekers and lost our identity in the process.
We are frightened by angry people and any personal criticism.
We judge ourselves harshly and have a very low sense of self-esteem

We live life from the viewpoint of victims and are attracted by that weakness in our love and friendship relationships.
We get guilt feelings when we stand up for ourselves instead of giving in to others.