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
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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:
The sites immediately below provide general information on the
ACA/ACoA program. Specific links to Ottawa area resources
appear farther down the page.
Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization
"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
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 "
The Dr. Janet G. Woititz A.C.O.A. (Adult Children of Alcoholics) Awareness Center
"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
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.
The links immediately below cover groups and other organizations active
in the National Capital Region (Ottawa/Hull) of Canada.
ACA/ACoA in Ottawa
Adult Children Anonymous (ACA) National Capital Region
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.
"Courage to Change" Group Home page
Come join us from 7:30 to 9:15 in Room 104 at Saint Paul University!
A.C.A./ A.C.O.A. Official Website of the "Inner
Peace Group" in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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.
homepage provides many useful links, including a good description of
Origins of ACA in the National Capital Region .
"Search for Serenity" Group Home page
This page is under development, pending input from
Wednesday group members.
Other Ottawa Recovery Resources
Serenity Renewal for Families
"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.
Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services
6 Hamilton Avenue North, Ottawa ON K1Y 4R1
Tel: (613) 724-4881 Fax: (613) 724-4873
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
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
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.
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."
Directory of (Ottawa) Self-Help Groups
This site provides a good comprehensive list of groups in and around
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
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."
The Al-Anon/Alateen Home Page
"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."
CODEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS - Ottawa Area
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.
Co-Dependents Anonymous Home Page
"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."
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.
Ottawa Area Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous
"All about the activities of Alcoholics Anonymous, meetings,
service committees,and other relevant information."
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. Web Site
"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./
"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."
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."
Narcotics Anonymous Ottawa Area
"Narcotics Anonymous provides support and services and carries the message to the addict who still suffers."
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."
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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