State of Mind with Debra Sloss
State of Mind with Debra Sloss
Healing from Dysfunctional Families, The Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Program & More

Episode #11: In this STATE OF MIND episode, Debra Sloss is joined by Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Program participants Bill Trimpy and Birch Curry. They discuss their childhoods in dysfunctional families and their healing journeys. Although their early experiences left lasting impacts, Bill and Birch have found relief and growth in the 12-step ACA & Dysfunctional Families Programs. There, they also serve as sponsors, who support and guide newcomers. Bill shares the impact of not feeling understood or supported by anyone in his family; he felt lost and unanchored during young adulthood. He then pursued various paths to healing and, in recent years, has been finding community, support, and recovery through the ACA program. Birch shares his difficult childhood experiences as well and discusses how the ACA program is helping him heal, improve relationships with others, and experience greater joy and freedom. Birch helps us understand the ACA program and how it works for participants.

Broadcast: 10/6/19

Special thanks to my co-producer Lauren Fein for her organizational & technical expertise along with her general wizardry to help bring this show to you. Also, thanks to acoustic guitarist Adrian Legg for composing, performing, and donating our theme music.

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Monterey Bay Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families

Local ACA Daily Meetings Listing

Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization
website:   email:

Santa Cruz Dance Church–  A Community of Spirit. DJ’d freestyle dance that starts with slow warmup inner-journey music, revving up to a rockin’ boogie. Every Sunday 9-11:30 AM at The 418 Project.


Adult Children – Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Famlies
(i.e. The Big Red Book),aps,190&sr=8-1

Twelve Steps of Adult Children– Steps Workbook,aps,190&sr=8-2

Zen Master Raven: Sayings and Doings of a Wise Bird by Robert Aitken

The Healing Self: A Revolutionary New Plan to Supercharge Your Immunity and Stay Well for Lifeby Deepak Chopra M.D., Rudolph E. Tanzi Ph.D., et al.,stripbooks,195&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_16

Bills Resources:

These are websites of some the additional teachers and teachings Bill describes as having played an important role in his healing journey:

Leonard Jacobson– Teacher with focus on presence and inner child work.

Adnan Sarhan Sufi FoundationSufi master and teacher Adnan Sarhan is known as a master of various traditions of scholarship, meditative sciences, physical exercise, mystical dance and music.

Institute for Transpersonal StudiesSkill-based programs, events and private consultations that help people heal, develop inner strength and maximize personal and professional potential.

Bentinho MassaroSpiritual Leader and Coach with an emphasis on principals of freedom


Family Service Agency (FSA
of the Central Coast is a dedicated underwriter of State of Mind. FSA provides resources, support, and counseling services to adults and children.  FSA believes in the power and potential of people of all ages and backgrounds to discover their own creative solutions and welcomes people of diverse cultures, genders, sexual orientations, ages, faiths, socio-economic backgrounds.  FSA Counseling Offices offer Medi-Cal, Medicare, and low-cost, sliding scale services in both downtown Santa Cruz 831-423-9444 x200 and in Soquel 831-346-6767 x200.