12 Traditions

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends on ACA unity.
  2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority – a loving God as expressed in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants, they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for membership in ACA is a desire to recover from the effects of growing up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional family.
  4. Each group is autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or ACA as a whole. We cooperate with all other Twelve-Step programs.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose – to carry its message to the adult child who still suffers.
  6. An ACA group ought never endorse, finance or lend the ACA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every ACA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Adult Children of Alcoholics should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. ACA, as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Adult Children of Alcoholics has no opinion on outside issues; hence the ACA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
  11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, TV, films, and other public media.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

The Twelve Traditions are reprinted and adapted from the original Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous and are used with the permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

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of Alcoholics / Dysfunctional Families
World Service Organization, Inc.
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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...