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DISCLAIMER:  This is the official ACA Fellowship Text that is Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization (ACA WSO) Conference Approved Literature.     Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) is an independent 12 Step and 12 Tradition anonymous program.  ACA’s Tenth Tradition states that ACA has no opinion on outside issues; hence the ACA name o DISCLAIMER:  This is the official ACA Fellowship Text that is Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization (ACA WSO) Conference Approved Literature.     Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) is an independent 12 Step and 12 Tradition anonymous program.  ACA’s Tenth Tradition states that ACA has no opinion on outside issues; hence the ACA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.  ACA’s Sixth Tradition states that ACA ought never endorse, finance or lend the ACA name to any related facility or outside enterprise (or books/authors), lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.   Thus, any suggestions of other authors or books (e.g., "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought") made on this website are solely those of the online retailer.  ACA World Service Organization expressly disclaims any association with any authors or books, or with any online retailer and their affiliates.   BOOK DESCRIPTION: The ACA Fellowship Text is owned, copyrighted and published by ACA WSO.  ACA WSO acts as the central agency of the program, gathering and disseminating meeting information; creating and distributing literature, and provides information to the general public. The ACA Fellowship Text (commonly referred to as the Big Red Book or BRB) is a meeting book, Steps book, Traditions book, workbook, and group guide. The ACA Fellowship Text was anonymously written by ACA members and provides guidance on working the 12 Step ACA program leading to recovery from the effects of growing up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional family.   ACA WSO has adapted AA's Steps  (with permission from AA) to address the effects of childhood trauma and neglect, and offer hope to ACAs worldwide.   This electronic version of the BRB (e-BRB) marks an important milestone in our fellowship's continuing growth. The e-BRB is being offered to our fellowship in response to a growing number of requests for the BRB in an e-book, large type and audio book formats.  While we are developing an audio book and considering the feasibility of large print books, we trust that the fellowship will be able to utilize e-readers to access the ACA Fellowship Text on e-readers that enlarge the print size and or read the book.  For more information, please visit www.adultchildren.org.


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DISCLAIMER:  This is the official ACA Fellowship Text that is Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization (ACA WSO) Conference Approved Literature.     Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) is an independent 12 Step and 12 Tradition anonymous program.  ACA’s Tenth Tradition states that ACA has no opinion on outside issues; hence the ACA name o DISCLAIMER:  This is the official ACA Fellowship Text that is Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization (ACA WSO) Conference Approved Literature.     Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) is an independent 12 Step and 12 Tradition anonymous program.  ACA’s Tenth Tradition states that ACA has no opinion on outside issues; hence the ACA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.  ACA’s Sixth Tradition states that ACA ought never endorse, finance or lend the ACA name to any related facility or outside enterprise (or books/authors), lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.   Thus, any suggestions of other authors or books (e.g., "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought") made on this website are solely those of the online retailer.  ACA World Service Organization expressly disclaims any association with any authors or books, or with any online retailer and their affiliates.   BOOK DESCRIPTION: The ACA Fellowship Text is owned, copyrighted and published by ACA WSO.  ACA WSO acts as the central agency of the program, gathering and disseminating meeting information; creating and distributing literature, and provides information to the general public. The ACA Fellowship Text (commonly referred to as the Big Red Book or BRB) is a meeting book, Steps book, Traditions book, workbook, and group guide. The ACA Fellowship Text was anonymously written by ACA members and provides guidance on working the 12 Step ACA program leading to recovery from the effects of growing up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional family.   ACA WSO has adapted AA's Steps  (with permission from AA) to address the effects of childhood trauma and neglect, and offer hope to ACAs worldwide.   This electronic version of the BRB (e-BRB) marks an important milestone in our fellowship's continuing growth. The e-BRB is being offered to our fellowship in response to a growing number of requests for the BRB in an e-book, large type and audio book formats.  While we are developing an audio book and considering the feasibility of large print books, we trust that the fellowship will be able to utilize e-readers to access the ACA Fellowship Text on e-readers that enlarge the print size and or read the book.  For more information, please visit www.adultchildren.org.

30 review for Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families

  1. 4 out of 5

    Robin Reed

    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, a 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.

  2. 5 out of 5

    James

    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 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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    If you think you are uniquely screwed up because of your crazy family, this book will disabuse you of that notion. Those of us who were raised by damaged parents — even with our parents’ best intentions — grew up with similarly distorted senses of how the world works and our own places in it. It’s never too late to discover ACA; I started this work in my early 60s. Even better than just reading the book, go to adultchildren.org and find a meeting or phone meeting that you can attend. It can be v If you think you are uniquely screwed up because of your crazy family, this book will disabuse you of that notion. Those of us who were raised by damaged parents — even with our parents’ best intentions — grew up with similarly distorted senses of how the world works and our own places in it. It’s never too late to discover ACA; I started this work in my early 60s. Even better than just reading the book, go to adultchildren.org and find a meeting or phone meeting that you can attend. It can be very threatening at first, but, as they say, keep coming back and your life *will* change. P.S. I’m an agnostic Jew...I replace the 12-step God stuff with the Universe in my thinking and discussion. Works fine for me!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Yanwar

    For entire my life I feel so desperate about my mental condition. After searching for the self-help resource in decade finally I found this book by accidentally. Honestly I said this is the best book I have ever read and also this book has saved my life. THANKS ACA WSO.

  5. 4 out of 5

    ♥ Susan

    Brilliant. Also for dysfunctional families of origin. Required reading for those that qualify.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Not just a resource for adult children of someone with a substance use issue, but a very good resource for any type of dysfunctional dynamic that's left scars. Not just a resource for adult children of someone with a substance use issue, but a very good resource for any type of dysfunctional dynamic that's left scars.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chris Gager

    I attended several ACA/ACOA meetings in the Phoenix area back in the winter of 2007 when I was escaping the Maine weather. This book was not around back then as far as I can remember. I am attending a newish meeting in Brunswick now and this book is a must read for me. So far so good.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Falisha Falisha

    🕉Daily Reader☕️Very well put together. Formatted (in my opinion)to fit all Step and Traditions Groups😍

  9. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Smith

    Life saving.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Will always be reading. Never done with this one.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jules

    Changed my life, continues to change my life. Read parts at least three times a week for guidance, understanding and the knowledge that I am not alone in my struggles.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Grace Lozada

    Highly recommend this if you are someone has come from a home that had alcoholism, addiction, or dysfunction. Also, a grandchild can benefit from this along with meetings. I've read many books and articles on Adult Children of Alcoholics, but this is the bible and details more in-depth how individuals have been affected by these upbringings. Don't rush into the workbook, Yes! There is an accompanying workbook. I'd suggest starting the workbook when you are halfway in, out of denial, and understa Highly recommend this if you are someone has come from a home that had alcoholism, addiction, or dysfunction. Also, a grandchild can benefit from this along with meetings. I've read many books and articles on Adult Children of Alcoholics, but this is the bible and details more in-depth how individuals have been affected by these upbringings. Don't rush into the workbook, Yes! There is an accompanying workbook. I'd suggest starting the workbook when you are halfway in, out of denial, and understand that you will most likely do the workbook more than once in your life. Your way of thinking, behaviors, and healing will grow over the years. Go back and re-do the workbook as you uncover, remember incidents.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis

    This book has nuggets here and there and can offer insight to those of us seeking recovery from living in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home. However, it is filled with weird sentences, it asserts that everyone went through the same kinds of experiences and it’s very demanding in what a person who wants to recover must do. I clearly do not agree with this supposition. Recovery is not a linear experience. You definitely have to take what you like and leave the rest from this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    Haven't read the entire text, yet ANYONE will benefit from this book. The words used may be triggering to some, yet if you can look past that and mine the gold anyway, you'd be better than you were before picking up this book. It's a wonderful tool for inquiry and self-discovery, best used when walking the path to healing and wholeness with others on their journey. Haven't read the entire text, yet ANYONE will benefit from this book. The words used may be triggering to some, yet if you can look past that and mine the gold anyway, you'd be better than you were before picking up this book. It's a wonderful tool for inquiry and self-discovery, best used when walking the path to healing and wholeness with others on their journey.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I will never be done reading this. I just keep going through it. Offering me a better way to live than the one I designed based on being raised in abandonment and the denying of feelings. Learning to have empathy and love for my parents and their parents and a stronger understanding of my true self. I'm a believer I will never be done reading this. I just keep going through it. Offering me a better way to live than the one I designed based on being raised in abandonment and the denying of feelings. Learning to have empathy and love for my parents and their parents and a stronger understanding of my true self. I'm a believer

  16. 4 out of 5

    Yehudis

    Have been to many fellowships and never felt like I connected with any of them until I came to ACOA felt like this book and meetings were talking my language and got me. Has become my Bible in my healing journey every since.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Liz Smith

    This is a book to read and reread, for the work will never be finished. It is an excellent handbook for those who are willing and ready to delve into the reasons under the reasons for why things may not be working so well in their lives.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Standrs Bandrs

    Essential for Acoa. Please don't hesitate to buy it. Read it. Live it. Essential for Acoa. Please don't hesitate to buy it. Read it. Live it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kate Russell

    A must read for children of addicts. Not text-book-y.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    This will be an ongoing read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ryan P Donovan

    Large book— profound direction to a better life

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    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 readi 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.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer B

    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!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Very helpful Helpful with my academy program. Three years and going strong and hopefully will continue for the rest of my life.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    A wonderful resource for adult children of alcoholics. In fact, it is one of the best, if not THE best, I've consulted. A wonderful resource for adult children of alcoholics. In fact, it is one of the best, if not THE best, I've consulted.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kim Trautman

    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.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Pretty amazing stuff. Changed my life.

  28. 4 out of 5

    circle

    skim-read since you can't possibly read everything and some of the info wasn't applicable skim-read since you can't possibly read everything and some of the info wasn't applicable

  29. 5 out of 5

    John D

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lou

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