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Transformation Through ACA

Updated: Nov 30, 2023

It is possible to break free from the trauma and the patterns established in one’s past.

In this episode of The Beauty of Conflict, Susan gets to interview CrisMarie about her transformative journey with the Adult Children of Alcoholics. CrisMarie discusses her upbringing with an alcoholic father and the challenges she faced in coping with the chaotic environment. She details the 14 characteristics of adult children, in case listeners can relate, and emphasizes the impact of childhood experiences on adult behavior. Throughout this conversation, Susan and CrisMarie explore the roles that people play in alcoholic households, the coping mechanisms developed for survival, and the journey of healing and self-discovery through the ACA program. They also discuss the tools, meetings, and promises of ACA, highlighting themes such as surrendering control, cultivating a loving inner parent, and reducing the internal fight-flight response.

Listen to this episode and listen to what CrisMarie has to share on personal growth, healing from trauma, and finding healthier ways to navigate the complexities of life with the ACA!

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Key Take-Aways

  • Childhood experiences, especially in alcoholic households, significantly influence adult behavior, shaping one's approach to relationships and self-esteem.

  • The 14 characteristics of adult children provide a framework for understanding and recognizing patterns that may persist into adulthood.

  • The ACA program, a 12-step process, guides individuals through a journey of personal growth and healing, specifically addressing the effects of alcoholism and dysfunctional family dynamics.

  • The promises of the ACA program include increased self-esteem, the ability to set healthy boundaries, and the expectation of a more stable, fulfilling life.

  • Recognizing and addressing trauma, abandonment issues, and the critical inner voice are essential steps toward personal healing and growth.


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CrisMarie Campbell and Susan Clarke

Coaches, Business Consultants, Speakers and Authors of The Beauty of Conflict

CrisMarie and Susan work with leaders and teams, couples in business, and professional women.

They help dysfunctional turnaround teams into high-performing, cohesive teams who trust each other, deal with differences directly, and have clarity and alignment on their business strategy, so they create great results.

Download the eBook, How to Talk About Difficult Topics, today!

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