Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA)/Dysfunctional Families is a Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition program of men and women who grew up in dysfunctional homes. We meet to share our experience of growing up in an environment where abuse, neglect and trauma infected us. This affects us today and influences how we deal with all aspects of our lives. Sep 30, · Definition of 'Adult Children' According to the Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization (WSO) website, the term "adult children" refers to adults who were raised in alcoholic homes, "who exhibit identifiable traits that reveal past abuse or neglect." 1 .
Adult children of alcoholics are more likely to become dependent and will start using alcohol during or before they become teenagers. There are many other characteristics of adult children of alcoholics that need to be identified. Sep 18, · Adult children of alcoholics also referred to as ACOAs, were born into a family with an alcoholic parent or caregiver. Most ACOAs hope the problem will go away once they move out. However, being raised by an alcoholic often has long-term effects. Many struggle with relationships, unwilling to feel vulnerable or lose control.