The ACA (Adult Children of ALcoholics) is a Twelve-Step Program formed in 1978, to include the adult children of alcoholics, codependents, and addicts of various sorts--adults who grew up in alcoholic or dysfunctional homes and who exhibit identifiable traits that reveal past abuse or neglect.This is their "Big Book": a meeting book, Steps book, Traditions book, workbook,The ACA (Adult Children of ALcoholics) is a Twelve-Step Program formed in 1978, to include the adult children of alcoholics, codependents, and addicts of various sorts--adults who grew up in alcoholic or dysfunctional homes and who exhibit identifiable traits that reveal past abuse or neglect.This is their "Big Book": a meeting book, Steps book, Traditions book, workbook, and group guide.From the introduction; "this book will present the structure oif the program beginning with The Laundry List, the 14 characteristics that define the traits from which we need to heal. Other pillars of this structure can be found in chapters titled 'How It Works' and 'Becoming Your Own Loving Parent.' Ultimately, this text delineates the foundation of how the Twelve Steps offer an incredible path that will give the adult child choices, versus living a generational family script. In working the Twelve Steps, the reader has the opportunity to be free from carried pain and shame. This book will allow you to be accountable for choices you make as well . It will truly move you from a place of reactor to actor in life."...
|Title||:||Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Familes|
|Number of Pages||:||643 Pages|
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Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Familes Reviews
This is the Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA or ACOA) 12-Step program's equivalent of AA's 'Big Book', and it's extremely well put together. Unlike the Big Book, which AA co-founder Bill W. wrote with oversight and input from other members within the first four years of that program's existence, this work is the product of a couple of decades of its program's growth, evolution, and learning, and the perspective shows.For anyone unfamiliar with ACA, here's the program's self-description: "Adult Children of Alcoholics is an anonymous Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition program of women and men who grew up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes. We meet with each other in a mutually respectful, safe environment and acknowledge our common experiences. We discover how childhood affected us in the past and influences us in the present (see The Laundry List, and The Problem). We take positive action. By practicing the Twelve Steps, focusing on The Solution, and accepting a loving Higher Power of our understanding, we find freedom from the past and a way to improve our lives today."ACA has a lot in common with Al-Anon, CoDependents Anonymous, and NarAnon, but it's focused more on the impact of childhood experiences. A lot of ACA members credit the program with helping them break the generational cycle of abuse, and many say that without it they might have killed themselves. If it sounds of interest, anyone considering trying it might read the list of personal characteristics titled 'The Laundry List' or 'The Problem' (links on the website); if it seems like a good fit, find a nearby group and sit in on a meeting.
For years I struggled with depression and habitual patterns that seemed to just own me. Years of struggle, therapy, devouring every self help book I could get my hands on and I always ended in the exact same place....defeated, heart broken, sad and feeling isolated and hopeless. My daily ritual of prayer, meditation, yoga and eating healthy kept me going but now things are shifting because of the ACA program and promises given in this book.I learned about the toxic shame I was carrying around, and how to return it to the ones that gave it to me! I learned how to re-parent myself and be the emotionally sober parent to the wounded and abused child (or children of different ages) within me that desperately needed validation and love. I learned how to set healthy boundaries for myself, to ask for what I need, to believe I deserve the goodness this universe (Higher Power) has to offer.I learned to surrender, every day, to just let go and BE.If you struggle with any of these same things, I highly recommend not only this book but the entire ACA (Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families) program to find community, share and emerge from the spiraling effect of thinking you're the ONLY one with your problem. You're not alone!Thank you to the creators of this book and program. It literally saved my life from the continuing despair that would have ended my journey here on this planet. I'm eternally grateful.
Will always be reading. Never done with this one.
If you qualify to read this book or wish to help someone who does then READ IT. My gripe below is my standpoint on its paradigm and my complaint is fairly easily overcome by a critical thinker - simply being willing to overlook religious talk and/or "translate" said talk into appropriate language for yourself while reading it. This is another one of those very important books that heavily misses the mark by mixing up spirituality with religion - in this case heavily Judeo-Christian / interventionist "God" talk. If you can overlook that (and if this book is one you qualify to read then I'd highly recommend you give it your all to overlook that aspect and help yourself grow and heal) then I say read it.
Absolutely phenomenal book! Coming face to face with exactly how screwed up my family life/childhood really was kind of threw me into a whirlwind. This book put a lot of things into perspective and my husband can't wait to read it himself. This has allowed me to understand the family dynamic in both my family and my husbands family. I have been able to change my outlook and attitude toward the people in our life. I think a lot of people would benefit greatly from exploring this concept and reading this book!! I am looking forward to learning more about the subject.
If you grew up in a dysfunctional or alcoholic/addicted home, do not pass Go....do not collect $200...purchase this book and start reading. Begin the process of recovery today!!
Very helpfulHelpful with my academy program. Three years and going strong and hopefully will continue for the rest of my life.
A wonderful resource for adult children of alcoholics. In fact, it is one of the best, if not THE best, I've consulted.
This is helping me heal in ways I cannot explain. There are constantly new things I need to keep learning from this text and my interaction with my fellows at group.
skim-read since you can't possibly read everything and some of the info wasn't applicable