Physical and Trauma Recovery

  • “Ours is one of the few Twelve Step fellowships that embraces the difficult task of trauma work, which can often lead to an exciting journey to the Inner Child or True Self .
  • “As children, we were affected in body, mind, and spirit by alcoholism or other family dysfunction. Our bodies stored the trauma, neglect, and rejection in the form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The mind developed the Laundry List Traits or the false self to survive. The Inner Child, the true connection to our Higher Power, went into hiding. ACA recovery can reverse this process.”
  • We are adults suffering from the effects of alcoholism and dysfunctional families. The childhood abuse and our adult lives created unbearable living conditions in body, mind, and spirit for us as adults. Adult children have been described as the “walking wounded,” strutting about in a state of emotional and spiritual bankruptcy while claiming to be “fine.”
  • “Over the last 25 years, research and clinical practice have verified the detrimental effects of growing up in a traumatic and hurtful family. And since 1978, when ACA was founded, countless adult children of alcoholics and trauma have slowly worked their programs of recovery….”
  • “In ACA, we recover in body, mind, and spirit. Through the principles of the program, our bodies are renewed, our minds become clear, and our spirit connects with the God of our Understanding for an inner awakening. This is ACA wholeness for the individual and a sign of wholeness of the ACA program.”
  • “I believe that all abuse is physical abuse. Our bodies absorb it. Today when something happens, I feel the same pain that I felt as a child. The experience stays inside my body to be relived again and again… It made no difference whether I was hit or not. The anticipation of it filled me with terror…memories of physical abuse are stored in my body, both as the receiver of the blows and as a potential perpetrator.”
  • The Fellowship Text of the ACA program includes trauma recovery in body, mind and spirit.
  • If you are receiving care from a professional for trauma recovery hereis something that might help you and the professional