ACA (Adult Children of Alcoholics/Family Dysfunction) meetings
Does this sound familiar?
I feel isolated and afraid of people and authority figures. I am a people pleaser. I feel frightened when people are angry or when they criticize me. I tend to be in relationships with people with compulsive personalities, such as alcoholics, drug/prescription drug addicts, overeaters or workaholics and/or I have an addiction myself. I see myself as a victim and am attracted by that weakness in others. I have an overdeveloped sense of responsibility and tend to be more concerned about others rather than myself. I feel guilty when stand up for myself and tend to give in to others. I am addicted to drama in all my relationships. I am often attracted to people I can “rescue.” I have “stuffed” my feelings and have lost the ability to feel or express them. I judge myself harshly and have a low sense of self esteem. I am dependant on those I am in relationship with and will do anything so they won’t leave me. I tend to react to situations rather than to take action.
If you answered “yes” to even a few of these questions, ACA can help.
Adult Children of Alcoholics/Family Dysfunction (ACA) is a Twelve-Step, Twelve-Tradition program of men and women who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes. Our membership also includes adults from homes where alcohol or drugs were not present; however, abuse, neglect or unhealthy behavior was. The ACA program was founded on the belief that family dysfunction is a disease that infected us as children and affects us as adults.
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 ACA Solution, and accepting a loving Higher Power of our own understanding, we find freedom from the effects of growing up in a dysfunctional home.
For more information about ACA visit: http://www.adultchildren.org/
Vancouver ACA meetings:
North Vancouver: 7:00 PM Mondays, Sutherland Church, 630 - 19th Street East (19 St. and Grand Blvd.), North Vancouver. Contact: Lynnvalleyaca@gmail.com
Avalon Women’s Centre Vancouver, Tuesday 7:30 PM 5957 West Boulevard (en) (WH) (NS) (D) (12 Step) Women, ACAs only. Visit: http://avalonrecoverysociety.org
"GF Strong ACoA" Saturday 10:30 AM- GF Strong, Conference Room (ask at Reception), G.F.Strong Rehabilitation Cntr - 4255 Laurel Street, Vancouver. Visit: www.drugrehab.ca/directory/item/gf-strong-acoa.htm