“The ACA Annual Business
Conference is held in April and is attended by Group Service Representatives
and Intergroup Representatives discussing and voting on fellowship business.
That business can include literature development, public information practices,
hospitals and institutions meetings, or other topics. The ACA WSO Board of
Trustees hosts the annual meeting.”
For information on the
Annual Business Conference (WSO sponsored) and non-WSO sponsored conventions,
go to the
“We try to select speakers with
an ACA message that reflects the Twelve Steps, the Inner Child and reparenting
one’s self with ACA principles.”
means we put information out where individuals seeking it have possible
access to it. This may include flyers, brochures, booklets, audio or
video presentations, speakers, panels of speakers, web pages, and
The Fellowship Text (p. 572)
gives guidance for people who are asked to speak at conferences
and Chapter 11 page 389 includes how to host a sponsorship workshop and
can be used
as a template for other events.
The chairperson shares for 10 minutes on a recovery topic. Then one or
two ACA speakers share for a total of 20 minutes. This is followed by
open sharing among the group members.
Discussion: Three or more speakers form a panel, and each shares for 10
to 15 minutes for the first half of the meeting. The remainder of the
meeting is allocated to open sharing or question and answers.
From Tradition Five page 514Each
group decision must ultimately answer this question: “Does the decision
we are about to make contribute to carrying the ACA message?”
ACA members are asked to speak at an ACA meeting or to start off group
sharing with extended remarks on a given recovery topic. When asked to
speak at a group, convention, or other ACA event, we are expected to
share our life story before finding recovery and what has happened since
finding recovery. The key to speaking at an ACA meeting involves
balancing your remarks with an equal amount of family dysfunctional
history , living codependently or addictively as an adult, and living
life in recovery with the Twelve Steps, sponsorship, and ACA meeting
attendance. Each part is important. By
telling all of our story in a balanced manner, we build identification,
demonstrate honesty, and offer an example of how the ACA program works
in our lives. We tell our story with enough detail to break through the
denial of dysfunctional living. We break the “don’t talk” rule and get
honest about our parents’ behavior and our own behavior. We do not
belittle or shame ourselves when telling our stories, but we must be
honest about what happened. We seek identification with other ACA
members instead of seeking sympathy or self-pity when telling our story.
When we are honest , we find empathy and acceptance among other group
members. The same
principles of sharing hold true if we are asked to share briefly as the
lead share at the beginning of an ACA meeting. The lead share (first
speaker) will talk for 10 to 15 minutes on the topic of the meeting. The
person offers his or her experience and recovery on the topic. In
addition to working the Twelve Steps, we suggest that ACA speakers place
some emphasis on attending meetings, getting a sponsor, using the
telephone, seeking a Higher Power, giving service, and fellowshipping
with others outside of regular meetings. Some ACA speakers will read
each of the Twelve Steps, sharing his or her experience with the Step.
If you have not worked all of the Steps, you can share on the Steps you
have completed and other aspects of recovery. If you have not worked any
of the Twelve Steps, we urge you to make a beginning so that your story
is balanced with recovery.
try to select speakers with an ACA message that reflects the Twelve
Steps, the Inner Child and reparenting one’s self with ACA principles.
Tradition Ten excerpt
meetings we share about any issues affecting our recovery. If others
share about outside issues of politics, or state opinions not shared by
others in the group, they are only expressing personal opinions. people
do have squabbles and do quarrel. Tradition Ten is about ACA as a whole
having no opinion on outside issues. The individual has his or her own
opinion, but that is not ACA's opinion. We must keep this clear when we
speak at meetings or are asked to speak elsewhere.
In ACA we
keep the focus on our lives and our feelings. We do not make reference
to the shares of others except as a transition into our own sharing. A
very general “what’s been brought up for me is…” or the occasional
“thank you for sharing” is fine , but please do not make more detailed
references to another person’s share.
Please provide an announcement wording, please
include your event's website and email point of contact and if you have a
flyer for your event include that. In accordance with Tradition Six we
can only post ACA registered meeting sponsored events, please do not
request posting of events by other organizations or companies. The
posting will be here