Step Studies

  • “ACA groups that thrive and grow typically focus on reading and studying the ACA Twelve Steps. The ACA basic text you are reading offers an extended study of the Twelve Steps in Chapter Seven. Additionally, ACA offers a Twelve Step Workbook, which further details how to work the Twelve Steps. Chapter Seven or the Workbook can be read and discussed in ACA meetings. Typically, an ACA group will begin with Step One and read a portion of the Step at each meeting. By this method, the Steps are read and studied during many weeks.”
  • One member recalls: “We wanted a book that could be used to hold a meeting anywhere, anytime. We wanted a book that could be used for topic discussions, Step studies, and workshops. We wanted a book that a sponsor could use to guide a sponsee through the recovery process. We wanted workbook items so that members could write down their thoughts and discuss questions with ACA friends. We envisioned a handbook written by adult children.”
  • From Page 19 Yellow Workbook:
    * Note: While this workbook can be used as the main piece of literature for an ACA group, some adult children also meet informally and work the Twelve Steps in a group setting outside a regular ACA meeting. If this occurs, each group member should make a verbal pledge to commit to the number of weeks needed to work the Twelve Steps in this setting. Some of these groups ask the members to sign a simple pledge of commitment, however, this is optional. A verbal pledge to show up each week and work the ACA Twelve Steps is a minimal requirement to ensure continuity and the greatest success of these groups. These groups are not a replacement for regular attendance at ACA meetings. These groups can enhance a person’s ACA program, which requires meeting attendance, sharing about childhood experiences, working the Steps, sponsorship, and seeking a Higher Power. Additionally, these groups should adhere to or attempt to adhere to the principles and traditions of ACA groups. Each participant should agree to practice honesty and courtesy in addition to helping keep the group safe. The principle of anonymity should be honored as well. We avoid gossiping or talking about a person’s story to another person. In ACA, we focus on ourselves and live and let live.
  • Page 566 of the Fellowship Text:
    "ACA groups that thrive and grow typically focus on reading and studying the ACA Twelve Steps. The ACA basic text you are reading offers an extended study of the Twelve Steps in Chapter Seven . Additionally , ACA offers a Twelve Step Workbook, which further details how to work the Twelve Steps. Chapter Seven or the Workbook can be read and discussed in ACA meetings. Typically, an ACA group will begin with Step One and read a portion of the Step at each meeting. By this method, the Steps are read and studied during many weeks."
  • Page 568 has a large section on Step Studies.
  • The Fellowship Text has guidance for all meeting types