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Post Info TOPIC: Introducing myself as this is my first introduction to ACA


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Introducing myself as this is my first introduction to ACA

I've been hearing about ACA for some time now, having been involved in a variety of other 12 step meetings, but someone was sharing at our Dual Diagnosis Anonymous meeting and I decided that it sounded like a support group that I might benefit from. Like many of us, I have childhood trauma in my past that resulted in those issues often related to trauma such as addiction, personality disorders, self-esteem/self-love issues, and a proclivity toward unhealthy and co-dependent relationships. These challenges have made life difficult and my climb up has been long and arduous. 

After getting clean and sober I still struggled, in some ways even more so than before, and consequently, I don't think my recovery really progressed until recently. After my second divorce and what felt like an onslaught of misfortune, I finally went into therapy, began EMDR therapy, and began 12 steps groups that were accepting of people with mental health issues and PTSD. I think in the past I wasn't even really aware of how much my childhood trauma affected me and drove not only my addictions but it was the trauma and wounds from my childhood that drove me to such unhealthy relationships, especially in my marriages.

This opens the door to a lot more I could say about the subject but for the sake of brevity, I think this gives you some idea of my challenges and the why behind me seeking ACA out and registering on this website. I am looking forward to finding the virtual Zoom meetings for now at least until I have the transportation and time to attend in-person meetings. I'm happy to have found you and look forward to meeting you all individually and as a group. 

Thanks for being here! I'm grateful!!!



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Welcome junkyardsaint this is a place of healing I am a recent newbie and like you said

I wasnt even really aware how much my childhood trauma affected me.

After taking the lid of I realised I lost my whole life

I also repeated history and choose unhealthy relationships friendships, partners trying to fix what happened and a continuous cycle of dysfunction.

I am glad Im here and continue recovery ODAT




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Welcome to MIP, junkyardsaint! 

In my humble opinion, ACA deals with some of the underlying issues that lead to addiction, etc.  There is a lot of overlap in 12 Step programs!

We have a chat meeting 7:00 pm EST in the Chat Room.

The personal shares are on our Main Page (see link above).

Pull up a chair and join our experience, strength, and hope! 


In Recovery,

Princess K.

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