Adult Survivors
of Child Abuse

a n o n y m o u s
a recovery program
for all survivors of
childhood abuse and
trauma who wish to
heal through applying
a new design for living
based on the 12 Steps
& 12 Traditions of AA
Adult Survivors of Child Abuse Anonymous --

ASCAA - a 12 step program - Adult Survivors of Child Abuse Anonymous


Why this?

Dozens of groups have been created that emulate the AA program of healing and recovery that was first described in the book Alcoholics Anonymous (aka: The Big Book) in the late 1930's. That's because it works.
But none have been inclusive enough to serve a membership seeking to address all the many issues and types
of childhood abuse and trauma. Ours does. No matter what type of trauma you experienced, be it through violence, sexual assault, emotional abuse or neglect (also known as maltreatment) you belong here.
An overview of the ASCAA recovery program      

We have found that many people will at first glance misunderstand the steps that deal with making amends and forgiveness as referring to their predictors. We hasten to say that there's no requirement to EVER forgiving and hold harmless those adults who abused and traumatized us as kids.

In our thinking, the child is always, always, always innocent in these cases, the adult always responsible.

- from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, Appendix II

The terms "spiritual experience" and "spiritual awakening" are used many times in this book which, upon careful reading, shows that the personality change sufficient to bring about recovery .. manufactured itself among us in many different forms.

Yet it is true that our first printing gave many readers the impression that these personality changes, or religious experiences, must be in the nature of sudden and spectacular upheavals. Happily for everyone, this conclusion is erroneous.

In the first few chapters a number of sudden revolutionary changes are described. Though it was not our intention to create such an impression, many .. have nevertheless concluded that in order to recover they must acquire an immediate and overwhelming "God-consciousness" followed at once by a vast change in feeling and outlook.

Among our rapidly growing membership .. such transformations, although frequent, are by no means the rule. Most of our experiences are what the psychologist William James calls the "educational variety" because they develop slowly over a period of time. Quite often friends of the newcomer are aware of the difference long before he is himself. He finally realizes that he has undergone a profound alteration in his reaction to life; that such a change could hardly have be brought about by himself alone. What often takes place in a few months could seldom have been accomplished by years of self-discipline. With few exceptions our members find that they have tapped into an unsuspected inner resource that they presently identify with their own conception of a Power greater than themselves.

Most of us think this awareness of a Power greater than ourselves is the essence of spiritual experience. Our more religious members call it "God-consciousness."

Most emphatically we wish to say that [anyone] capable of honestly facing his problems in the light of our experience can recover, provided he does not close his mind to all spiritual concepts. He can only be defeated by an attitude of intolerance or belligerent denial.

We find that no one need have difficulty with the spirituality of the program. Willingness, honesty and open mindedness are the essentials of recovery. But these are indispensable.

“There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance – that principle is contempt prior to investigation.” -- Herbert Spencer

Who started this?

My name is Bill .. and I'm the founder of a couple of highly respected non profit efforts ( and that I've built based on over 30 years personal understanding and experience with the Steps and Traditions of a so-called "12-Step program." Back when I began my healing there was virtually nothing available (especially for males) that specifically addressed issues of childhood trauma and abuse. I was blessed to fall into an AA "home group" that was open minded enough to allow me to discuss my sordid past. The members told me they, too, were "as sick as their secrets." They taught me I could apply the AA "design for living" to any number of life's problems.
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