Who: ACA Meetings are made up of people who wish to recover from the effects of growing up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes. Many of us identify with these common survival traits.
Duration: Telephone meetings commonly last 60 minutes.
How telephone meetings work: Telephone meetings are conference calls. Participants call the number then enter an access code. By default, all participants are on mute. To share, participants un-mute themselves by pressing *1 on their keypad.
Format: There are many formats (described below), but most telephone meetings have a meeting chairperson who reads guidelines and describes how the format works. Participants take turns reading from the ACA Red Text. Next, the chairperson asks for volunteers to share, one at a time, about their experience relating to the topic or reading. We talk about our feelings and our life experiences and how the literature, step work, or other ACA recovery works in our lives. We share about personal change, working the steps, and connecting with our inner child and higher power.
Respect: There is no “cross talk” which means no one interrupts or criticizes what another has to say, members speak only from their own point of view and experience. If there is ever perpetrating behavior, the meeting moderator will drop the perpetrator from the conference calls.