Adult Children of Alcoholics
The following are the 12 Steps of
Adult Children of Alcoholics (often
abbreviated as ACoA).
The term "adult child" is used to describe adults who grew up in alcoholic or
dysfunctional homes and who exhibit identifiable traits that reveal past abuse or
neglect. The group includes adults raised in homes without the presence of alcohol
or drugs. These ACA members have the trademark presence of abuse, shame, and
abandonment found in alcoholic homes.
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We admitted we were powerless over the effects of alcoholism
or other family dysfunction, that our lives had become
to believe that a power greater than ourselves could
restore us to sanity.
a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care
of God as we understand God.
a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Admitted to God, to our selves, and to another human being
the exact nature of our wrongs.
Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects
Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.
Made a list of all persons we had harmed and
became willing to make amends to them all.
Made direct amends to such people wherever possible,
except when to do so would injure them or others.
Continued to take personal inventory and, when we were
wrong, promptly admitted it.
Sought through prayer and meditation to improve
our conscious contact with God, as we understand God,
praying only for knowledge of God's will for us and the
power to carry it out.
Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps,
we tried to carry this message to others who still suffer,
and to practice these principles in all our affairs.