Welcome to the Southeast Texas Intergroup website for Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families (ACA). Just taking the time to find us, was a big first step in your recovery. If you can relate to any of the “Laundry List” characteristics listed below, you’re probably in the right place. We hope that you find this to be a helpful resource. Bookmark this page for future reference, and use this site as one of your recovery tools. We are currently building our website and will add more resources in the future.
– Southeast Texas Intergroup
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Our heart goes out to all those suffering from the hurricane. If you’ve been affected by Harvey and need a scholarship to our October workshop, please talk to your meeting’s Intergroup Representative and they will take care of you. Or, write to Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org – and place ‘Workshop Scholarship’ in subject line.
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What is ACA?
Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families (ACA or ACoA), is as an international 12 Step recovery program for individuals who grew up in alcoholic or dysfunctional homes. ACA is based on the belief that the disease of alcoholism and family dysfunction infected us as children and continues to affect us as adults.
What is an “Adult Child”?
An adult child is someone who meets the demands of life with survival techniques learned as children. Without help, we unknowingly operate with ineffective thoughts and judgments that can sabotage our decisions and relationships.
Who Attends our Meetings?
ACA is not limited to those from alcoholic homes. If you identify with traits from The Laundry List (below), ACA might benefit you. Find your first meeting in the menu bar above.
Please note: The October Intergroup gathering will meet on the 4th Sunday, October 23, not the 3rd Sunday, as we regularly do.
The ACA Laundry List
These are some characteristics we seem to have in common due to being brought up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional household.
- We became isolated and afraid of people and authority figures.
- We became approval seekers and lost our identity in the process.
- We are frightened by angry people and any personal criticism.
- We either become alcoholics, marry them, or both, or find another compulsive personality such as a workaholic to fulfill our sick abandonment needs.
- We live life from the viewpoint of victims and are attracted by that weakness in our love and friendship relationships.
- 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.
- We get guilt feelings when we stand up for ourselves instead of giving in to others.
- We become addicted to excitement.
- We confuse love and pity and tend to “love” people we can “pity” and “rescue”.
- 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).
- We judge ourselves harshly and have a very low sense of self-esteem.
- 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.
- 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.
- Para-alcoholics are reactors rather than actors.
Monthly Intergroup Meetings – 2 pm every 3rd Sunday of the month at Chapelwood Methodist Church, 11140 Greenbay St. in Houston, TX, 77024. We will be in the Williams Building, at the back on the east side. We’re in Rm #204 (up the stairs to the left -1st room on the right). These monthly gatherings are open to all ACA interested folks who might like to further their own recovery through collaborative self-care, education and service – all within healthy boundaries. Whether a seasoned veteran of our program from the Woodlands or a newcomer from Clear Lake or beyond, we invite you. We have fun – and we are not denying it.