- What is WSO...?
- What is ACA (ACoA)... ?
- Do my parents need to be alcoholics... ?
- What is the cost... ?
- What is a Higher Power ... ?
- Where is a meeting... ?
- How do I find a meeting when there is none in my area?
- How do I start a meeting...?
- Why doesn't ACA link to other
What is WSO ... ?
WSO is the World Service Organization of Adult Children of Alcoholics.
It acts as the central agency of the program, gathering and disseminating
meeting information; creating and distributing literature for use in the
Family Groups and provides information to the general public.Back to Top
Adult Children of Alcoholics is a recovery program for adults whose
lives were affected as a result of being raised in an alcoholic or other
dysfunctional family. It is based on the success of Alcoholics Anonymous
and employs its version of the Twelve Steps and
No ! If you can identify with The Problem or have
several of the characteristics of the "Laundry List" ACA will benefit
ACA is self-help, self-supporting program and according to our
Tradition we finance our own way. If you are financially able we ask
for a small contribution at each meeting.
ACA is a spiritual program, based on no particular religion or set of
beliefs but rather an understanding of a power greater than ourselves
that can aid us on our path to recovery. This Higher Power is as diverse
as the individuals of the group.
For a list of all the known ACA meetings please go to the Meetings Page.
Then you can verify the meeting of your choice by calling the local phone
number. Just as individuals recover and grow meetings are born and die as
the need arises or declines. WSO tries to keep the meeting information
current but cannot guarantee that every meeting listed is active. See the
next section for other options if there
are no ACA meetings listed in your local area.
Unfortuantely, there are many areas around the world without any
ACA meetings. If you cannot find a meeting listed for your area,
check out the Telephone or Internet meeting; they are listed under the County
"Telephone" and "Internet" respectively. Another option would be to start a new
meeting in your area." See the next section...
If you have checked the 'Meetings Page' and were unable to locate a
meeting nearby you may wish to start an ACA meeting in your town. It's
easy. Start by ordering a 'New Meeting Pak' which is available on the
Form. This will give you all the basic materials for establishing and
running an ACA meeting. The ACA Fellowship Text also includes information
on starting a new meeting; click here to order your copy. Information from the
New Meeting Packet suffiucient to start a new meeting
is also available for download from the ACA Literature Page here
We do not provide links to other websites because of our Sixth
Tradition which states that we do not endorse any outside enterprise.
Since we have no control as to where other sites may lead and what they
may endorse we cannot violate this Tradition. We do grant other webs
permission to link to our site. Please link only to