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Adult Children Anonymous (A.C.A. ACoA) Meetings & Recovery Links
Directory of meetings, program/group home pages and other 12-Step and co-dependency sites (e.g. Al-Anon, CODA), plus Ottawa area recovery resources

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There is much about recovery on the Web and I've provided only a few highlights (along with information on some off-line resources) here. I hope to add to this as the months progress; however, it was necessary to cut short my efforts lest I fall prey to the dreaded Characteristic 2. The links below are roughly grouped under five headings:

A.C.A. Links

The sites immediately below provide general information on the ACA/ACoA program. Specific links to Ottawa area resources appear farther down the page.

bullet Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization
Adult Children of Alcoholics WSO logo
"ACA (ACoA) Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization, Inc."  This is the official source for information on our program. The site contains a wealth of information covering (as of 99.07) the following areas: Mission, Frequently Asked Questions ("FAQ"), Events, Meetings, Intergroups, Contact information, Literature, ACA is…, The problem, The solution, The promises, The steps, The traditions, Early history, What is WSO, and an Order literature option.

They maintain an excellent database of meeting information based on information supplied by Intergroups, which you can access at the " World Meeting List" site.

bullet  The Dr. Janet G. Woititz A.C.O.A. (Adult Children of Alcoholics) Awareness Center
A.C.O.A. Awareness Center logo
"The books and works of Dr. Janet G. Woititz - ACOA - Adult Children of Alcoholics. This site has been created to provide a resource for those who are interested in Dr. Janet Woititz's works in helping those impacted by Alcoholism and other dysfunctional personal and family behaviors. This site also exists to provide knowledge and resources to individuals and researchers wishing to learn more about how to recover from the effects of the drug dependency and the dysfunctional behaviors of others."

This site, featuring the author whose works have been read and repeated countless times by those attending ACA/ACoA groups, includes (as of 99.07): Resources for Adult Children and Researchers, Thirteen Characterisitcs of Adult Children, ACOA Lecture by Dr. Woititz, Books and Works of Dr. Janet G. Woititz, Janet G. Woititz -- A Brief Biography and "A Warm Fuzzy".

bullet  Adult Children of Alcoholics - Alcoholism Net Links "The definitive source for exploring support resources for the families of alcoholics on the net, brought to you by your About.com guide." This one of the best of many sites providing 40+ links to various ACA/ACoA resource sites.

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Other Ottawa Links

The links immediately below cover groups and other organizations active in the National Capital Region (Ottawa/Hull) of Canada.

ACA/ACoA in Ottawa

bullet  Adult Children Anonymous (ACA) National Capital Region Meeting List
This page is a transcription of the official listing maintained by:
National Capital Region ACA Intergroup
P.O. Box 77002, Ottawa South,
Ottawa, ON, K1S 5N2.

As meeting rooms and contact persons change, before heading out to any of these locations, please telephone (613) 230-9071 for a voice message with the latest information. You can also contact Intergroup via e-mail, at ACAinOttawa@canoemail.com. Please allow 2-3 days for a reply.

bullet  "Courage to Change" Group Home page
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Come join us from 7:30 to 9:15 in Room 104 at Saint Paul University!

bullet  A.C.A./ A.C.O.A. Official Website of the "Inner Peace Group" in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Inner Peace (Tuesday) group logo
This is the website of our sister group, which meets on Tuesday evenings in Ottawa. They were the first Ottawa group on the Web and their presence provided some of the inspiration for this site.

Their group's homepage provides many useful links, including a good description of The Origins of ACA in the National Capital Region .

bullet  "Search for Serenity" Group Home page
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This page is under development, pending input from Wednesday group members.

Other Ottawa Recovery Resources

bullet  Serenity Renewal for Families
Serenity Renewal for Families logo
"Serenity Renewal for families is a registered non-profit charitable organization dedicated to helping alcohol- and drug-dependent individuals and their family members in a process of emotional and spiritual recovery." As well as for the wide range of programs it offers to the community and those in recovery, including its "New Beginnings for Co-Dependents and/or Adult Children of Alcoholics" program, Serenity Renewal is well known by local oldtimers for Louise Dunn ("Sister Louise"), who played a key role in starting the ACoA program in the Ottawa area.

bullet  Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services
6 Hamilton Avenue North, Ottawa ON K1Y 4R1
Tel: (613) 724-4881 Fax: (613) 724-4873 Email: Rideauwood@losphere.net
R. Paul Welsh, Executive Director

"Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services, established in Ottawa-Carleton in 1976, is a non-profit, community-based service offering non-residential group and individual treatment for substance abuse, addiction and related family problems. Public education, training and consulting… are some other activities carried out by the agency's experienced staff. Services include: Adult Addiction Program including co-educational and women's services… Family Member Program including day and evening programs for education and counselling, and Training Programs for health, mental health… and other human services and business."

bullet  Royal Ottawa Health Care Group - ("R.O.H.") Addictions Program The Addictions Program provides a continuum of care to persons dealing with substance abuse. Identification, prevention, early intervention, treatment and follow-up are provided at three different sites in the Ottawa-Carleton region. The program promotes lifestyle change that will allow clients to re-integrate into the community.

bullet  Ottawa-Carleton - Social Services "The Region of Ottawa-Carleton provides key services to 750,000 residents every day such as… public health programs, social services, homes for the aged, regional planning, public transit and policing."

bullet  Directory of (Ottawa) Self-Help Groups This site provides a good comprehensive list of groups in and around Ottawa.

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Co-dependency is a widely based and widely defined issue and the programs and therapies which exist to counter it take many forms. Here are other a few types of groups which address it from different perspectives.

bullet  Al-Anon Ottawa Area - UNOFFICIAL WEBSITE "This site is created temporarily as a service to Al-Anon members in the Ottawa-Hull area. Please contact Al-Anon Information Services (A.I.S.) at (613) 860-3431 for official Al-Anon information."

bullet  The Al-Anon/Alateen Home Page
Al-Anon and Alateen logo
"The Al-Anon and Alateen World Wide Web Home Page. The information on this site has been approved by Al-Anon's World Service Office and represents the authorized Internet address and voice for the Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc."

860-0288 (24 hr. answering machine)

12 step program for men and women having difficulty forming functional relationships. Members may have grown up in dysfunctional families, strict military or religious households, abusive homes or alcoholic homes. Behaviours learned there are carried over into present day relationships. Meetings are held on Mondays at St. Timothy’s Church (2400 Heron Rd.) at 7:30pm, Thursdays at McNabb Community Centre (180 Percy St.) at 12 noon and on Sundays at Holy Rosary Church (20 Grant St. near Parkdale) at 7:30pm.

bullet  Co-Dependents Anonymous Home Page
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"Official site of Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA©) a 12 step program of recovery. Co-Dependents Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy and fulfilling relationships. We rely on the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions for knowledge and wisdom. These are the principles of our program and guides to developing honest and fulfilling relationships. Through applying the Twelve Steps and principles in CoDA to our daily life and relationships, both present and past, we can experience a new freedom from our self-defeating lifestyles and realize a new joy, acceptance and serenity in our lives."

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Other 12-Step

A.C.A./ACoA, by virtue of its roots, is part of a broader Twelve Step fellowship and many A.C.A.s enter the program only after dealing with other issues in these program. Understanding them can often provide a broader perspective on understanding ourselves.

bullet  Ottawa Area Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous "All about the activities of Alcoholics Anonymous, meetings, service committees,and other relevant information."

bullet  Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. Web Site
Alcoholics Anonymous Web Site logo
"This Web Site is created and maintained by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. ("The General Service Office" of U.S./Canada). The General Service Office is the national office serving A.A. in the U.S./ Canada.

"Millions of men and women have heard or read about the unique Fellowship called Alcoholics Anonymous since its founding in 1935. Of these, more than 2,000,000 now call themselves members. People who once drank to excess, they finally acknowledged that they could not handle alcohol, and now live a new way of life without it. This is A.A. General Service Conference-approved literature."

bullet  EMOTIONS ANONYMOUS - Ottawa area
236-0716 (24 hr. answering machine)

"A fellowship of men and women who share their experiences, strengths and hopes so that they may solve their emotional problems. At weekly meetings members follow the 12 steps and traditions and are given the opportunity to discuss common concerns. Meets on Mondays (except for statutory holidays) at 7:30pm at Orleans United Church, Wednesdays at 7:30pm at the McNabb Community Centre and Thursdays at 7:30pm at John XXIII Church, 1194 St. Renee, Gatineau."

bullet  Narcotics Anonymous Ottawa Area "Narcotics Anonymous provides support and services and carries the message to the addict who still suffers."

bullet  NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS - Ottawa area P.O. Box 862, Station B
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5P9
236-4674 (24 hr. answering machine)

"12 step fellowship of men and women who meet regularly to help each other stay clean and recover from addiction. Telephone for dates, times and locations of meetings. A francophone group ‘Narcotiques anonymes’ can be reached by dialing 595-9442."

bullet  OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS - Ottawa area
820-5669 (24 hr. answering machine)

"To offer physical, emotional and spiritual support to those with an eating disorder (of any kind). Based on the 12 steps and traditions of AA, as well as using the AA system of between-meeting support. At weekly meetings, members are given the opportunity to discuss their problems and to listen to guest speakers. Call for more information about meeting dates, times and location."

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Other Recovery

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