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Category: ACA – Adult Children of Alcoholics

Libertyville Monday Night ACoA Group – 31st Anniversary – April 22, 2019

It’s Our 31st Anniversary!

When: Monday, April 22, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Where: St. Lawrence Episcopal Church, 125 W. Church St, Libertyville
Speaker: Rick Atwater, MS, LCPC

This is an open meeting, which means everyone is welcome. If you are a member of a 12 Step group, have a family member or friend in a 12 Step program, or is somebody who heard about ACoA and wants to check it out, this is the event for you.

First, Rick Atwater, MS, LCPC, will speak about the 12 Steps and ACA recovery. Rick is very knowledgeable about ACA issues because he has been assisting people with their emotional and spiritual growth since 1972 in various settings from hospitals and agencies to private practice.

Additionally, Rick lectures nationwide, has been published nationally and founded the Heroin Awareness Foundation.

Rick’s approach is direct and current behavior oriented. He supports the use of the twelve step programs where appropriate. Rick will also answer questions.

Second, we’ll have a party with refreshments to celebrate our group being together and helping support each other in recovery for 31 years.

Please join us!

Yours in program, Don M.

P.S. This is a terrific opportunity to catch up with old friends.

Libertyville Monday Night Adult Children of Alcoholics and other dysfunctional families

St. Lawrence Church, 125 W. Church St., Libertyville, IL
Meets every Monday at 7 p.m.
(Park behind church and enter through double doors, proceed to basement)

Visit our website:

Please Post / Forward this flyer to whomever will benefit. Thanks! 

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? – Mary Norman

ACA WSO – Special “Addressing Predatory Behavior” ComLINE Newsletter

The ACA WSO has published a special edition of the ComLINE Newsletter “Addressing Predatory Behavior” which should prove to be an important resource for all of our groups as we work to create a safe place for our fellow travelers to work on our recovery together. In this special edition read about:

  • Why We Need to Talk About Predatory Behavior
  • We Don’t Know What Safety Feels Like
  • Many of Us Experienced Sexual Abuse in Childhood
  • What Happens at Meetings
  • But Wait – It’s Not Just Sexual
  • Gentleness Break
  • How The Meeting Can Help – And Does It?
  • Outlook

You can get a complete copy of this special edition directly from the Adult Children Web site by clicking the following link: Addressing Predatory Behavior

If you are interested in past editions of the ComLINE Newsletter you will find an archive of ComLINE editions on the Adult Children Website.

Non-Dominant Handwriting Workshop – Indianapolis

The InRecovery ACA Intergroup is presenting another opportunity for fellowship in an atmosphere of mutual respect on Saturday, March 16th at 1pm at the Fairbanks Recovery Center, 8102 Clearvista Pkwy Room #158, Indianapolis, IN 46256.  (See flyer here) An excerpt from “The Journey” by Claudia B:

  • It is safe to take time to play today. Play fuels your creativity, tickles your Inner Child, and nurtures your soul.
  • As ACA becomes a safe place for you, you will find freedom to express all the hurts and fears you have kept inside and to free yourself from the shame and blame that are carryovers from the past.

2019 Spring Retreat – Life’s Relationships – Part 2 – Tools

SPRING Bi-Annual ACA Retreat




A weekend of reflection, renewal and fellowship

March 1, 2 & 3, 2019

Join us for a time of retreat to a place of recovery and explore ACA in the spirit of the traditions.
We will focus on how to achieve emotional sobriety in all of Life’s Relationships. We will discuss the following topics: boundaries, recognizing feelings, the authentic self and forgiveness. The goal is to learn from each other the tools to help create fulfilling relationships with our spouse, partner, family, friends, co-workers, etc.
Welcome to the 5th Northern IL ACA Retreat. The format includes 5 meetings: 1 Friday evening, 3 Saturday, 1 Sunday with a focus on tools and positive takeaways. All meeting topics will be taken from the Big Red Book, presented in the form of a lead given by a preselected attendee, followed by breakout groups for discussion.
There will also be time available for optional walk & talks, fellowship, journaling overlooking the lake, or reading in the quiet of your own private room or one of the beautiful meeting spaces.
Please join us for this special weekend at Benet Lake to grow in your personal recovery journey!

Please print out the flyer for additional information and for the registration form.


Bi-Annual ACA Spring Retreat – Life’s Relationships – Part 2 – Tools

March 1, 2 & 3, 2019

Friday at 6PM through Sunday at Noon

Benet Lake Retreat Center, 12605 224th Avenue, Benet Lake, WI 53102 (map)

More Information:
If weekend fee of $195 is paid before 2/22/2019 it is refundable. Please refer to the flyer for more information and registration form.

Bob S, 847-800-3137


Ready Set GO!! – February – Closed Telephone Meetings


Ready Set GO!!

Feb 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11 and 18, 2019

Mondays at 7pm – 9pm Central Time

Closed Telephone Meeting

More Information:
6 Introductory Registered Closed Telephone Meetings
of the ACA program, the ACA 12 Steps
and the Inner Child
New weeks 5 & 6 presenting the RSG Inner Child Workshop
“Awakening My Little One”
Please click below for the flyer with additional information

Flyer (please click the picture):

One Day Ready Set GO!! and Non Dominant Handwriting in Fitchburg – December 1st

The Fitchburg ACA groups are presenting a wonderful opportunity to work the “ACA 12 steps” and “Loving Parent / Inner Child Non Dominant Hand Writing” workshop on July 21st starting at 9:00. (See Attached flyer below for details)

Where: Fitchburg Serenity Club, 6048 McKee Road, Fitchburg WI 53719 When: Saturday, December 1st from 9:00am to 4:00pm

Ready Set GO!! program is an orientation/introduction for those who wish to take the ACA Twelve Steps and learn about becoming your own Loving Parent. The material that forms the script is taken from our Big Red Book and our ACA 12 Step workbook.

This program is useful for:

  • Newcomers
  • Old Timers needing a refresher course with the ACA 12 steps & “Loving Parent” Those interested in getting an idea of the ACA 12 Steps before doing the workbook. Opportunity for “Fellow Travelers” to go though the steps with others in atmosphere of mutual respect. * Celebrate the growing ACA community across Chicagoland, Wisconsin, Midwest Region and beyond….

Come celebrate “ACA Unity and Fellowship” with us in Fitchburg, Wisconsin.


One Day Ready Se, GO!! and Non Dominant Handwriting
December 1, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Fitchburg Serenity Club, 6048 McKee Road, Fitchburg WI 53719 (map)
More Information:
Upstairs in the Ballroom. Lunch will be provided.

Ready Set GO!! – December – LaGrange and Telephone

Ready Set GO!!

Version 2
Sponsored By: The West Great Lakes ACA Intergroup IL#70

Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital
Four Face to Face Closed RSG Meetings
Saturdays December 1, 8, 15, 22, 2018
12noon-2:00pm Central Time
1:30pm-2:00pm, Fellowship, Sharing Partner Signup,
Email/Phone Exchange, Q & A
Special Week 5 Dec 29th RSG Inner Child Workshop
“Awakening My Little One”
Email Toni at for material

Also available as a telephone meeting for your convenience
Dial-in number (US): (712) 451-0695
Access code: 177289#
International dial-in numbers:
Online meeting ID: acatoni5617
For 24/7 Customer Care, call (844) 844-1322

Ready Set GO!! Meetings are closed ACA meetings for introducing the ACA 12 Steps and the ACA program over a four week period. Ready Set GO!! is for newer ACA members to become acquainted with the ACA Twelve Steps. RSG is good preparation to do the ACA 12 Step Workbook when a member feels ready. The experienced member may like to refresh their recovery.

The material is taken from our Big Red Book and our ACA 12 Step Workbook. It requires those in attendance to listen to the material with an open mind and an open heart and in good faith with a desire to learn about ACA recovery. Ready Set GO!! can be taken over and over again to get more out of it. Requests will be made to volunteer to be a Sharing Partners for the 4 weeks. (NEW: Week 5 RSG Inner Child Workshop)

Go to to print the material for the meetings only print pages 25 through 107 for the RSG meetings. If you have no computer and cannot view the material you may be OK just listening. When the material is no longer available on the West Great Lakes ACA IG website just email Toni at and you will receive the link with the material. Browse through the other parts of RSG. Feel free to send comments to


Ready Set GO!! 4 weeks face to face and telephone meetings
New: Week 5 RSG Inner Child Workshop

December 1,8,15,22,29 2018

12noon-2:00pm Central Time
1:30pm-2:00pm, Fellowship, Sharing Partner Signup,
Email/Phone Exchange, Q & A

Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital
Building #1-Left of information desk
5101 S. Willow Springs Road
La Grange, IL 60525 (map)

Print the flyer below for directions.

More Information:
Dixon Auditorium Center
First Floor, Room A
See above for telephone call-in details.


The 6-Minute Coffeehouse: Express Your True Self

The ACAs in Fitchburg are offering an opportunity to strut your stuff, express your true self, let your child out to play, show off your talent, or lack thereof in a series of 6 minute acts on December 14 from 7 – 9:30 pm, in the Ballroom at the Fitchburg, Serenity Club, 6048 McKee Road, Fitchburg, WI.

Bring your 6-minute act, anything at all, comedy, singing, show-and-tell, improv, gymnastics, baton twirling, anything at all, you name it, let your child through,  and/or, you can come and cheer on the performers. 

Bring snacks to share and wear a crazy holiday sweater if you dare!


The 6-Minute Coffeehouse: Express Your True Self

December 14, 2018

7 – 9:30 pm

The Ballroom at the Fitchburg, Serenity Club, 6048 McKee Road, Fitchburg, WI

More Information:
Bring Snacks to share. Wear your crazy holiday sweater, and bring your act. Click on the flyer below for more info. Share the flyer with your group!


ACA Walk and Talk – Arlington Heights, IL – October 28

All Adult Children of Alcoholics and other dysfunctional families are
welcome to join us for this 7th and final Walk and Talk of 2018

ACA Walk and Talk – Arlington Heights, IL – October 28, 9am

We’ll meet at 9:00am and start walking at 9:15am. Look for breadcrumbs if you
arrive late. We normally walk for 1 or 11/2 mile, and we’ll supply water.

Lake Arlington Pond
2201 N. Windsor Drive, Arlington Heights IL.

Afterwards we’ll gather for LUNCH at Artistic Cuisine Restaurant,
16 South Bothwell St. Palatine, IL. 847-934-0400
(one short block west of Plum Grove Road, off Palatine Road in strip mall)

Please RSVP to Kathleen A. at 847-946-0170 Thanks!

Click below for a flyer to share with your group