Resources for Professionals

Resources for Professionals

  • “In moments of despair, some of us have sought professional help only to be diagnosed with a label that does not empower us to understand what is happening. The awareness of the adult child phenomenon is high among the general public and many helping professionals. Yet, treatment options that we find are not always focused on this aspect of our condition.”
  • “In ACA, we do not practice therapy, but therapy with an informed counselor can be the gateway to unparalleled levels of recovery. Therapy is not a substitute for ACA recovery, which involves focused Step work with a sponsor.”
  • “Our best public relations policy is twofold. We survive and grow as a fellowship by carrying the message to others in a manner that creates attraction rather than promotion. We also flourish through the good word of others who know about our program and recommend us.”
  • “Meeting directories and literature may be dropped off or sent to schools, medical facilities, therapists’ offices, libraries, and any other institution or hospital willing to accept it. We ask for permission before placing meetings flyers or leaving ACA material at these places.”
  • Hospitals and Institutions Meeting or Prison Meeting The disease of family dysfunction is a progressive disease that forces some adult children to seek help in a treatment setting or psychiatric hospital. Other adult children are sentenced to prison for crimes they have committed while acting out with addiction or codependence. These adult children often form an ACA meeting in their facility. ACA members from the outside attend the meetings, carrying the message to the adult child wherever and whenever they are asked. Adult children in these facilities are grateful for the outside support.”
  • "Additionally, we try to answer calls to carry ACA’s message of hope into prisons, treatment centers, or mental health care facilities. Adult children are sent to prison every day for harming themselves or others. Still others have psychiatric problems so severe that they require hospitalization. Both the prisoner and the psychiatric patient are adult children and deserve to hear ACA’s message. Our program is mature enough, and our members are strong enough, to do this work within the guidelines we have established for these facilities."
  • “With this book on adult children, we are suggesting that ACA has many of the answers to some of the most difficult and threatening mental health problems facing the world today.”
  • “This is the program that saved my life. I owe this program and the people in it my life, my success, my money, and my joy. Because of my love for ACA, I have delivered meeting directories to every library, therapist’s office, Twelve Step recovery center, college and university health facility, counseling office, psychology department, business and government personnel office, and church in my city .”
  • There are many pages in the fellowship text that go into detail about these types of scenarios. (292, 613, 515, and 546); Chapter 16 is entitled “ACA and Therapy” and it has helped many adult children find a therapist.
  • If your therapist isn't informed about ACA, they are entitled to a free fellowship text.