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Book Description

DISCLAIMER:  This is the official ACA Fellowship Text that is Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization (ACA WSO) Conference Approved Literature.  
Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) is an independent 12 Step and 12 Tradition anonymous program.  ACA’s Tenth Tradition states that ACA has no opinion on outside issues; hence the ACA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.  ACA’s Sixth Tradition states that ACA ought never endorse, finance or lend the ACA name to any related facility or outside enterprise (or books/authors), lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.  

Thus, any suggestions of other authors or books (e.g., "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought") made on this website are solely those of the online retailer.  ACA World Service Organization expressly disclaims any association with any authors or books, or with any online retailer and their affiliates.  

BOOK DESCRIPTION: The ACA Fellowship Text is owned, copyrighted and published by ACA WSO.  ACA WSO acts as the central agency of the program, gathering and disseminating meeting information; creating and distributing literature, and provides information to the general public.

The ACA Fellowship Text (commonly referred to as the Big Red Book or BRB) is a meeting book, Steps book, Traditions book, workbook, and group guide.

The ACA Fellowship Text was anonymously written by ACA members and provides guidance on working the 12 Step ACA program leading to recovery from the effects of growing up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional family.  

ACA WSO has adapted AA's Steps  (with permission from AA) to address the effects of childhood trauma and neglect, and offer hope to ACAs worldwide.  

This electronic version of the BRB (e-BRB) marks an important milestone in our fellowship's continuing growth. The e-BRB is being offered to our fellowship in response to a growing number of requests for the BRB in an e-book, large type and audio book formats. 

While we are developing an audio book and considering the feasibility of large print books, we trust that the fellowship will be able to utilize e-readers to access the ACA Fellowship Text on e-readers that enlarge the print size and or read the book.  For more information, please visit

Product Details

  • File Size: 1353 KB
  • Print Length: 650 pages
  • Publisher: ACA WSO INC. (August 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008YH705E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,351 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing August 16, 2012
The family disease of alcoholism/dysfunction damaged my body, mind, emotions and spirit. Working this program is the only answer for me to find me. after searching for the "right" book or right workshop, this ACA program has ended my search. There is no 12 step program I've found that deals with PTSD, Trauma Recovery, Reparenting, Codependency. I could go on and on. All of my addictions are rooted in the original damages. I am recovering me, not blaming others. Just getting on with life. As an adult child.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Swiss Army Knife of Recovery September 6, 2012
By Karen R
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This is the text of the ACA Fellowship--When I rec'd my first copy, I found myself on every page. The Promises spell out what an adult really can look like--and I do hope to grow up someday after 60 years on this planet! This book also covers how to start meetings, issues about meeting safety, sharing at meetings, sponsorship--as well as a whole workbook section (Chapter 7) on personal recovery and growth. It is the Swiss Army Knife of Recovery--has tools for every aspect of one's life. A really good book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is it. October 24, 2012
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So many people I have met from other 12 step programs have spent years in those programs struggling. Or they are doing well, but think they could be doing better. Then they pick up this book and have that moment of clarity and all of them say, "This is what I was missing! This explains so much." So many of the people in this country (USA) come from dysfunctional upbringings in one form or another that this book should be required reading. Do your self a favor. Get this book, read it, hit some meetings, and follow some suggestions. If you are willing to do that your life wil get better in some very real and perceivable way.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Helpful Book-Kindle version is ++++ September 11, 2012
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I have owned this book in the Print version since it first came out. The content of the book itself is extremely helpful if you come from a family where alcoholism, abuse or some other kind of dysfunction existed. The 12-Step support group Adult Children of Alcoholics existed for a long time without a handbook like AA or AlAnon have. Finally we have our own handbook, written by members themselves.
I still love my regular "Book" version but the Kindle version is so convenient for taking with me when it would be impractical to carry the other. It is extremely easy to navigate by using the Table of Contents or I can use the Search function as an index to locate any topic. I highly recommend this book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing August 18, 2012
This book and the program are changing my life in ways I never thought possible. If you identify as an Adult Child of Alcoholic I definitely recommend this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, perfect except we need page numbers! October 9, 2012
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This books and program has changed my entire lifein a most wonderful way, and those lived of my loved ones due to my changing. I cannot day enough for it. Just one thing....PLEASE ADD PAGE NUMBERS! Thank you!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book that could help just about everybody September 23, 2012
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This book is the actual book used by the fellowship of people who go to meetings around the world having been raised by an alcoholic and/or otherwise dysfunctional family system.

I believe personally that it can provide hope for people around the world, who know they are personally suffering, but who just don't quite understand why that is, or if you would like, what the root cause of their suffering is about. People tend to be creatures of habit, and whether we can see it or not, we often mimic the patterns we grew up with. This book simply helps to unravel dysfunctional patterns, in a blameless way, that we absorbed at some point earlier on in our existence, and provides REAL hope for getting past it. I highly recommend it!!!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank-you February 27, 2013
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This a wonderful book. I am 24, I completely understand it and it hits the spot with everything - describing things I could never put into words with out learning. Perfect
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. always going to be on my
Great book. always going to be on my shelf
Published 1 day ago by Patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book Available for Those Who Grew Up in Dysfunction
I first read this book in 2006, over 500 pages but I could not put it down at the time. At that time I had been in recovery 18 years {wish it had been out when I first started. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Michael Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very helpful to anyone who lived in an alcoholic household
Published 9 days ago by Eight Bells
5.0 out of 5 stars ACA Redbook is a Treasure
Truly helpful and inspirational material. Although the ACA program is a 12-step approach, this book is so much better than even other similar books, such as the CoDependents... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Jori Glenn
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have
This is the bible of ACA (Adult Children of Alcoholics) and adults who grew up in dysfunctional families. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great help
As a recovering a a, I lost track of the need for meetings. This book outlines what is necessary for real recovery. Very helpful. I will consult it often.
Published 1 month ago by Zelda Sunderman
4.0 out of 5 stars Would give 5 stars, however....
The Kindle version does not have page numbers. So it is very difficult to follow along with readings when I attend phone meetings. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Susan H
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of ACA
This book says it all. I provides clear descriptions of what I have been experiencing but am unable to put words to.
Published 1 month ago by Madeline
4.0 out of 5 stars Just go ahead and read it
I am so grateful for this book. I always knew I was an adult child of an alcoholic but I never realized how much I was affected by the experience. Read more
Published 2 months ago by pixielady
5.0 out of 5 stars The red book is to Adult Children as the big book is to AA
This is the text of the program of Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families and Alcoholics. Just like AA's Big Book. It contains more Information than the yellow workbook. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Laura Hierholzer
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