ACA Atlanta

Adult Children of Alcoholics 

& Dysfunctional Families

ACA Promises



1.  We will discover our real identities by loving and accepting ourselves.   

2. Our self-esteem will increase as we give ourselves approval on a 

daily basis.   

3. Fear of authority figures and the need to "people-please" will leave us.   

4. Our ability to share intimacy will grow inside us.   

5. As we face our abandonment issues, we will be attracted by strengths and become more tolerant of weaknesses.   

6. We will enjoy feeling stable, peaceful, and financially secure.   

7. We will learn how to play and have fun in our lives.   

8. We will chose to love people who can love and be responsible for themselves.   

9. Healthy boundaries and limits will become easier for us to set.  

10. Fears of failures and success will leave us, as we intuitively make healthier choices.  

11. With help from our ACA support group, we will slowly release our dysfunctional behaviors.  

12. Gradually, with our Higher Power's help, we learn to expect the best and get it.


From the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, pp 83-84:

"We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. 
We will not forget the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will 
comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter
 how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our 
experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and 
self-pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain
 interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and 
out-look upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic 
insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations 
which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is 
doing for us what we could not do for ourselves".

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