About us

ACA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)

ACA is a diverse group of recovering people that includes adult children of alcoholics, codependents, and addicts of various sorts. The term “adult child” is used to describe adults who grew up in alcoholic or dysfunctional homes and who exhibit identifiable traits that reveal past abuse or neglect. The group includes adults raised in homes without the presence of alcohol or drugs. These ACA members have the trademark presence of abuse, shame, and abandonment found in alcoholic homes.

Our 30 years of experience has shown that adult children who attend our meetings, work the Twelve Steps, and find a Higher Power experience astonishing improvement in body, mind, and spirit. 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. Along with sponsorship, we encourage informed counseling to help the adult child accomplish the greatest level of emotional healing from an abusive upbringing.

Excerpted from Fellowship Text pp. xii-xiii (2006).


Los Grupos de Familia Al-Anon es una agrupación de parientes y amigos de alcohólicos que comparten sus experiencias, fortaleza y esperanza con el fin de encontrarle solución a su problema común. Creemos que el alcoholismo es una enfermedad de la familia y que un cambio de actitud puede ayudar a la recuperación.

Al-Anon no está aliado con ninguna secta ni religión, entidad politica, organización ni institución; no toma parte en controversias; no apoya ni combate ninguna causa. No existe cuota alguna para hacerse miembro. Al-Anon se mantiene a sí mismo por medio de las contribuciones voluntarias de sus miembros.

En Al-Anon perseguimos un único propósito: ayudar a los familiares y amigos de los alcohólicos. Hacemos esto practicando los Doce Pasos, dando la bienvenida y ofreciendo consuelo a los familiares de los alcohólicos y comprendiendo y animando al alcohólico.

Preámbulo sugerido para los Doce Pasos.

Debtors/Underearners Anonymous Meeting
Everyone welcome. English spoken. Donation only.

Most people incur debt at various points in their lives, whether
taking out a student loan for college or buying a first car or a
house. For some people, unsecured debt, which is debt not
secured by some form of collateral such as a house or car, becomes
an addictive and unmanageable part of their lives. Debting is more
than just sensationalized shopping. It can cripple and ruin
someone’s life. Debt is like alcohol for the alcoholic, food for the
compulsive eater, and gambling for the compulsive gambler.
Another aspect of the Debtors Anonymous program that often
leads to debting is underearning. An Underearner is someone who
makes less than she or he needs or desires despite efforts to do
otherwise. Under earners share one common trait: A high
tolerance for low pay. Underearning is never a conscious choice. It
never leads to a saner, more satisfying life. It is always a condition
of deprivation, not just of money, but of time, joy, freedom,
choices and self-esteem.
In D.A., our purpose is threefold: to stop incurring unsecured
debt, to share our experience with the newcomer, and to reach out
to other debtors. Debtors Anonymous is a non-profit organization
based on the Twelve-Step principles of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Debtors Anonymous offers a program of recovery that works.
Those who wish to stop debting are encouraged to attend
meetings, read D.A. literature, seek the advice of a program
sponsor, and follow the 12 Steps of the Debtors Anonymous

EDA (Eating Disorders Anonymous)

Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA) is a fellowship of individuals who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from their eating disorders.

People can and do fully recover from having an eating disorder.

In EDA, we help one another identify and claim milestones of recovery.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to recover from an eating disorder. There are no dues or fees for EDA membership. We are self-supporting through our own contributions.

EDA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution. EDA does not wish to engage in any controversy. We neither endorse nor oppose any causes.

Our primary purpose is to recover from our eating disorders and to carry this message of recovery to others with eating disorders.

In EDA, we try to focus on the solution, not the problem. Solutions have to do with recognizing life choices and making them responsibly. Diets and weight management techniques do not solve our thinking problems. EDA endorses sound nutrition and discourages any form of rigidity around food.

Balance – not abstinence – is our goal.

In EDA, recovery means living without obsessing on food, weight and body image. In our eating disorders, we sometimes felt like helpless victims. Recovery means gaining or regaining the power to see our options, to make careful choices in our lives. Recovery means rebuilding trust with ourselves, a gradual process that requires much motivation and support. As we learn and practice careful self-honesty, self-care and self-expression, we gain authenticity, perspective, peace and empowerment.

NA (Narcotics Anonymous)NA (Narcotics Anonymous)

NA is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs. There is only one requirement for membership, the desire to stop using.

SLAA (Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous)

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous, or S.L.A.A., is a program for anyone who suffers from an addictive compulsion to engage in or avoid sex, love, or emotional attachment.  We use the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous to recover from these compulsions.   The following behaviors have been experienced by members.

  • Having few healthy boundaries, we become sexually involved with and/or emotionally attached to people without knowing them.
  • Fearing abandonment and loneliness , we stay in and return to painful, destructive relationships….
  • We confuse love with neediness, physical and sexual attraction, pity and/or the need to rescue or be rescued.
  • We sexualize stress, guilt, loneliness, anger, shame, fear and envy.….
  • To avoid feeling vulnerable, we may retreat from all intimate involvement,…Excerpts from the Twelve Characteristics of Sex and Love Addiction ©1985