ACA Campout!

There is an Open Fire Ban at Milo McIver Camp Ground!
This means no wood or charcoal burning during the weekend campout.
We’ve reserved the Chinook Group Camp Site at Milo McIver State Park,

It holds a maximum of 50 people, your donation includes fees for two nights for one person and one car.
Parking is limited, so carpooling is always recommended, and helps to create fellowship!

We will not be able to BBQ as planned, so we will have 2 propane burners for shared use, if you have a propane stove to share, or to use yourself, please bring it! We are not providing paper goods, or utensils so please bring your own!

Plan on eating together in a group at breakfast and dinner, and please bring a dish to share for the 2 dinners on Friday and Saturday night.

If you are interested in leading a group activity, such as kayaking, hiking, biking, fireside meeting, variety show or musical performance, or… let us know and we’ll help you organize it.

Suggested donation is $30 per person.
You can pay by credit card through
Choose ‘goods or services’ and enter
You can pay by cash on site when you arrive, check in with us!
Any proceeds above cost will be donated to the ACA Portland Retreat Scholarship Fund.

DO NOT pay for parking on entering the park, tell them that you are with Chinook Group Site.
We will be taking care of getting everyone a permit for the weekend to park.
Parking is included for up to only 20 cars, so please carpool!
Dogs are allowed on leash.

Additional information will be sent to you as the date gets closer.

Thank you for joining us on this weekend of recovery.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

Look forward to an easy, fun and relaxed weekend playing, and this update should make it easier for us all to enjoy the weekend.  If you have any questions, please email us!

Thorns Event Next Week

What: Portland Thorns vs Seattle Reign – An opportunity to get to together with other ACAs and attend a pre-season game of Portland’s professional women’s soccer team 
Location: Providence Park 
Time/Date: 5pm, March 27
Cost: $15 
Organizer: Kelsey, 530-941-1652 
To buy your tickets: go to the website: Click on the drop down “Menu” and go to “Schedule”. Find the game and click on “Tickets”. Purchase a GA (general admission ticket). 
Additional Details: We will be meeting directly across the street from Providence Park at Hot Lips Pizza at 3pm to gather prior to the event. 

Hazelden Portland Recovery Speaker Series

Mark your calendars and join us every first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

The Portland Recovery Speaker Series is free of charge and open to all who are interested in recovery topics.

Laurelhurst Village
3060 SE Stark St.
Portland, OR 97214

The Recovery Speaker Series is free of charge. Please register online.

Lisa Knudsen

April 7
Lisa Knudsen, MS, CADC II, Spiritual Care Counselor, Hazelden in Springbrook

Resilient Recovery
Lisa Knudsen shares ideas from the psychology of happiness and results of resiliency research to help us understand how to use our innate gifts, resources, and experiences to deepen recovery. Attendees who are willing to take a shortcut to emotional and spiritual wisdom can participate in the experiential exercises.

Jeffery T. Young,

May 5
Jeffery T. Young, Associate Medical Director, Hazelden in Springbrook

Stress and What We Can Do About It
This discussion will be an opportunity to learn how stress, though a normal and common experience, can also become a problem when it is repetitive and causes burnout or health problems. We will review the various causes of stress and the potentially unhealthy changes that may take place in our mind-body as we respond to stress. The good news is that we have an opportunity to work on becoming resilient and there are a variety of scientifically proven strategies that can help. We will practice a mindfulness exercise to give each person a chance to experience some stress relief.

Laura Moss Ferguson

June 2

Laura Moss (Ferguson), MD, Medical Director/Addiction Psychiatrist, Hazelden in Springbrook

Medication Use that Supports Recovery

The Big Book tells us that medical or mental health issues are better discussed with one’s physician. Not all physicians understand the risk that certain medications can pose to people in recovery. How do we talk to our doctors and advocate for ourselves for safer medications in recovery? As a physician, what are things that I can do to support my patients in recovery and decrease the risk of relapse?

Questions? Contact Myron K. (503-307-9772), or Lori A. (503-554-4353).

To register online, click here Hazelden Portland Recovery Speakers

ACA is not affiliated with Hazelden. This is a general recovery speaker series and open to all. It is not ACA specific. 


Christmas telephone meeting marathon!

ACA World Service Organization is hosting a 24 hour Christmas telephone meeting marathon.

The Holidays Can Bring Issues To The Surface That Don’t Show Up As Intensely At Other Times Of The Year. We Are Pleased To Announce A Christmas Telephone Meeting Marathon, Beginning At 12:00 Noon (ET) On Christmas Eve (December 24), All Day Christmas Day, Through 3:00 AM December 26. The Conference Number Is 712-432-8808; Conference ID 222247#. All Meetings Begin At The Top Of Each Hour, Run For 55 Minutes And Are Followed By 5 Minutes Of Fellowship. We Are Also Looking For Volunteers To Moderate. If You Are Able And Willing To Moderate One Or More Meetings, Please Write To Jonathan at Include The Days And Time Slots You Are Interested In. We Will Write Back With Confirmation Of Your Dates And Times. Suggested Meeting Formats Tailored To A 55-minute Meeting Will Be Provided. Please Join Us For This Once-a-year Opportunity To Connect With Your Fellow Travelers During This Special Season.

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