Adult Children of Alcoholics / Dysfunctional Families (ACA), is an international 12 step recovery program for individuals who grew up in alcoholic or dysfunctional homes. ACA is based on the belief that the disease of alcoholism and family dysfunction infected us as children and continues to affect us as adults.
ACA was founded 1978 in New York City by a group of Alateens. Alateen is a 12 step program for children and teenagers of alcoholics. The Alateens were entering their 20's and wanted something different from the 12 step fellowship they were left with to attend. They were joined by a New York City stockbroker a recovering alcoholic by the name of Tony A., who became the primary founder of ACA. Since than ACA has become a fellowship that offers resources and support to adult children around the world.
Today you can find about 1500 meetings worldwide.