Most of America is super angry at the start of fall this 2020. And we need an outlet desperately. If you are angry, look no further than group ZOOM meetings for ACOA’s.
ACOA stands for Adult Children of Alcoholics. ACOA’s are a lovely creative bunch. Despite unfortunate circumstances, ACOA’s have or have had an alcoholic in their lives that they cannot seem to control. Their qualifiers could be any alcoholic family member, spouse, or friend that has an issue with alcoholism.
Alcoholism is an addiction to alcohol. The alcoholic could be sober or drunk now, but the goal of the ACOA meetings is to turn to yourself and focus on what you can control.
2020 has been a crazy year and many are feeling angry, repressed, sad, and hopeless. This can turn into unhealthy rage especially with alcohol and drugs involved.
The good news is you are not alone.
There are many FREE meetings out there that can help you process your pain and anger in a more healthy way with set boundaries to help you heal.
The amount of TIME you put into it is completely up to you, as you can choose the recovery meetings you attend and the ones you do not.
The basis of the group meetings is to hear each anonymous members issues with the alcoholic.
Everyone goes by first name only, and since there are only ZOOM calls available now it is through video calls. Here you can decide whether or not to show your face. This is great as it gives you the ability to listen to other stories that should be somewhat relatable to your experience.
Since everyone is on a first name basis, there is complete anonymity and you can reach out to those people that have provided their phone numbers. If they respond, they are willing to help. If they do not, they are not comfortable and you can reach out to the next person on your phone list.
The first ACOA meeting can be scary. What will people think of me? Will they judge me? Will they not like me?
Fortunately these groups are based on unconditional respect and love for one another where you are not allowed to cross talk about others while you decide to speak.
That’s another good part of the meetings. You can decide whether to volunteer to speak or just listen. That part is completely up to you, and if you do not share the group cannot make you.
The meeting starts with the mantra about only being able to control yourself and no one else. It then will transition into a volunteer reading ONE of the 12 steps to recovery.
This spearheads the meeting where the main leader will choose a person to speak if they volunteer. The focus should be on yourself when you speak and how you are feeling in the present moment. If you’d like you can disclose who your qualifiers are, meaning some folks have qualifiers that are parents, friends, girlfriends, and more.
If you do not want to talk, so be it!
It is interesting to listen to each persons experience, and understand where they are at within their own recovery. You can relate it to your experience and get a better understanding of where you can improve yourself too.
Al-Anon Group Meetings span far and wide.
If you are in Los Angeles, here is the link for you to find a meeting: Al-Anon of Greater Los Angelesalanonla.org.
If you are in New York City, here is the link for you to find a meeting: https://www.nycalanon.org/
If you are in Nassau County, Long Island, New York, here is the link for you to find a meeting: alanon-nassau-ny.org
If you are in New Jersey, here is the link for you to find a meeting nearby: nj-al-anon.org
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