Welcome to the Atlanta Area Adult Children of Alcoholics® – Dysfunctional Families


Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA)/Dysfunctional Families is a Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions program of men and women who grew up in dysfunctional homes.

We meet to share our experience of growing up in an environment where abuse, neglect and trauma infected us. This affects us today and influences how we deal with all aspects of our lives.

ACA provides a safe, nonjudgmental environment that allows us to grieve our childhoods and conduct an honest inventory of ourselves and our family—so we may (i) identify and heal core trauma, (ii) experience freedom from shame and abandonment, and (iii) become our own loving parents.

The 14 Traits of an Adult Child, also known as The Laundry List, are shown below.  If you identify with any of these Traits, you may find a home in our Program. We welcome you.

  1. We became isolated and afraid of people and authority figures.
  2. We became approval seekers and lost our identity in the process.
  3. We are frightened by angry people and any personal criticism.
  4. We either become alcoholics, marry them or both, or find another compulsive personality such as a workaholic to fulfill our sick abandonment needs.
  5. We live life from the viewpoint of victims and we are attracted by that weakness in our love and friendship relationships.
  6. We have an overdeveloped sense of responsibility and it is easier for us to be concerned with others rather than ourselves; this enables us not to look too closely at our own faults, etc.
  7. We get guilt feelings when we stand up for ourselves instead of giving in to others.
  8. We became addicted to excitement.
  9. We confuse love and pity and tend to “love” people we can “pity” and “rescue.”
  10. We have “stuffed” our feelings from our traumatic childhoods and have lost the ability to feel or express our feelings because it hurts so much (Denial).
  11. We judge ourselves harshly and have a very low sense of self-esteem.
  12. We are dependent personalities who are terrified of abandonment and will do anything to hold on to a relationship in order not to experience painful abandonment feelings, which we received from living with sick people who were never there emotionally for us.
  13. Alcoholism* is a family disease; and we became para-alcoholics** and took on the characteristics of that disease even though we did not pick up the drink.
  14. Para-alcoholics** are reactors rather than actors.

Tony A., 1978

* While the Laundry List was originally created for those raised in families with alcohol abuse, over time our fellowship has become a program for those of us raised with all types of family dysfunction.
** Para-alcoholic was an early term used to describe those affected by an alcoholic’s behavior. The term evolved to co-alcoholic and codependent. Codependent people acquire certain traits in childhood that tend to cause them to focus on the wants and needs of others rather than their own. Since these traits became problematic in our adult lives, ACA feels that it is essential to examine where they came from and heal from our childhood trauma in order to become the person we were meant to be.

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Atlanta Area Meetings

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2:00 – 4:00 PM Open Meeting

Ridgeview Institute
4015 South Cobb Drive

The first hour is open for sharing and the 2nd hour we read from the Big Red Book and discuss what comes up.

Directions to the Meeting:

Using your favorite GPS application and the address above will bring you right to the Day Hospital building.

Ridgeview is located off I-285 at Exit 15 (South Cobb Drive). From Exit 15, you will travel north on South Cobb Drive approximately 2.5 miles. Ridgeview is on the right.

Turn right on Glenridge Rd and then take a right at the first stop sign. Park in the first parking lot to your right.

The meeting is in the Day Hospital Rooms 1&2, which is adjacent to the parking lot.

Ridgeview Phone Numbers: (770) 434-4567 or (800) 329-9775.

Email acaridgeview@gmail.com

2:00 – 4:00 PM Open Meeting

ACA Haven
Online Zoom Meeting

This meeting is available for anyone who would like to connect virtually instead of in person. We hope to allow those with the need to continue to meet via Zoom during the current crisis and ongoing for all who just cannot make it to an in person meeting. 

If you would like the link to join, please email ACAHaven@gmail.com

7:00 – 9:00 PM

Johns Creek Presbyterian Church

10950 Bell Road
Johns Creek, Georgia 30097

This meeting lasts for one hour and forty-five minutes.  The first part of the meeting is available for checking in / sharing. During the remaining portion, we work from the ACA Red Book.

From Atlanta  – north on SR141/Medlock Bridge Rd. turn right on Bell Rd. after passing SR120.  The church is on the right side. We meet in a room in the back of the church, lower level, next to the playground.

Contact Information:

Ariana (770) 540-8490



7:00 – 8:30 PM

Peachtree City ACA Meeting

500 Kedron Drive
Peachtree City, Georgia 30269

The meeting is open to all.

We have an open discussion and book study.

Contact Information:

Warren (770) 412-2023

Bill B (916) 835-9274


12:30 – 2:00 PM Women Only

Antioch Christian Church
3595 Sugar Pike Road
Canton, Georgia 30115
Teen Center Building
This is a women only meeting. We study from the ACA Yellow Step Workbook.

7:00 – 8:45 PM Open Meeting

East Cobb United Methodist Church
2325 Roswell Road Annex 4
Marietta, Georgia 30062

This meeting lasts for one hour and forty-five minutes.  The first part of the meeting is available for checking in and sharing. During the remaining portion we work from our ACA 12 Step Workbook.

7:00 – 8:45 PM Open Meeting

Eagles Way Church Main Office Building 
100 Hudson Road
Griffin, Georgia 30224

Open Discussion and Sharing

7:15 – 8:45 PM Open Meeting

Together On Tuesdays

(Contact Email: ACA.InTown@gmail.com)

Intown Community Church
2059 Lavista Road Northeast
Atlanta, Georgia 30329

Room 217 – On the First Floor –  Enter through the double doors on the side of the building that faces Houston Mill Road. Once inside, hang a right. The hallway dead ends into the room.

This meeting is open to all, including beginners / new-timers.  We focus on sharing as well as Yellow Workbook study.  The meeting is Non-smoking.

12:00 – 1:45 PM Open Meeting

Roswell United Methodist Church
Counseling Center – Building C, Downstairs Room 101
814 Mimosa Blvd.
Roswell, Georgia 30075

Open to all, fellowship text study, and is a fragrance free meeting.

For more information about the meeting reach out via email to roswellaca@gmail.com


5:15 – 7:00 PM Open Meeting

The Manse Church Office
124 Maple Street
Carrollton, Georgia 30117

Open Discussion, Fellowship, Text and Steps

6:30 – 8:00 PM (3rd Friday of each month) Feelings Release 

Open Meeting – meets only the 3rd Friday of each month

Ridgeview Institute
3995 South Cobb Drive

This meeting will feature support offering techniques for unblocking the flow of difficult emotions through the body.  The meeting takes place in the Auditorium of the Day Hospital.

There are currently no meeting in the area on Saturday


August 22nd Meditation of the Day

PTSD "PTSD is a condition of the body and mind in which a person stores the memory of a violent attack or life-threatening event." BRB p. 344 When we got to ACA, we knew our minds and emotions were affected, but our bodies? We saw that the literature talked about how...

August 21st Meditation of the Day

Inner Drugs "Because we were raised in chaotic or controlling homes, our internal compass is oriented toward excitement, pain, and shame. This inner world can be described as an ‘inside drug store.' The shelves are stocked with bottles of excitement, toxic shame,...

August 20th Meditation of the Day

Survival Traits "The safe harbor we find in ACA meetings is the starting point for transforming our survival traits." BRB p. 112 The dysfunction we grew up with grabbed hold of many of us with such powerful claws that we learned to perform to suit the needs of others....

July 26th Meditation of the Day

Step Two "Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity." BRB p. 130 Our parents had been our gods. This is normal for children because parents are their primary support system. As adults, many of us had not progressed past this stage...

July 25 Meditation of the Day

Feelings "People want recovery, but they prefer it be pain free. That is understandable, but unfortunately, identifying and feeling our feelings is a part of healing." BRB Introduction p. xxiii "Feelings? What are those?!" As children from dysfunctional homes, if we...

July 24th Meditation if the Day

Indecision "Children of alcoholics are paralyzed by indecision when trying to separate emotionally from their homes." BRB p. 87 When we started telling our story in ACA, we may have felt like we were betraying everything we had ever known, and we were - but that was...

July 23rd Meditation For The Day

Grief and Childhood  "Genuine grieving for our childhood ends our morbid fascination with the past and lets us return to the present, free to live as adults. Confronting years of pain and loss at first seems overwhelming." BRB p. 83 We may have been going to...