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Adult Children of Alcoholics: Expanded Edition [Kindle Edition]

Janet G. Woititz
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ten years ago, Janet Woititz broke new ground in our understanding of what it is to be an Adult Child of an Alcoholic. Today she re-examines the movement and its inclusion of Adult Children from various dysfunctional family backgrounds who share the same characteristics. After more than ten years of working with ACoAs she shares the recovery hints that she has found to work. Read Adult Children of Alcoholics to see where the journey began and for ideas on where to go from here.



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Synopsis

Describes the symptoms and treatment of alcoholism and examines the ways it can disrupt family relationships.

Synopsis

Describes the symptoms and treatment of alcoholism and examines the ways it can disrupt family relationships.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 280 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1558741127
  • Publisher: HCI; Expanded edition (1 Jan. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FN1ST0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #126,224 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Catagorized as a adult child of a child of an alcoholic, the effect is just as devastating. For 38 years, life seemed so restless and tormenting. This book was an extreme help in spelling out the feelings that were felt but could not be put into words by an adult child who learned to shut out all emotions. A healing process begins as the tears begin to flow. This book is excellent! Thank you Janet.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I began this book about 6 months into my recovery from a severe depressive episode. It was excellent, but I could not handle it. It brought on memories and nightmares I was not ready to face. I put it aside.
About 6 months later, I picked it up again. This time I made it through with no problem, and learned a great deal about myself. I highly recommend this book to any ACoA in recovery.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a relief! 2 Feb. 2006
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I have spent my life suffering from self-doubts, depression, feelings of inadequacy. I recently went for my first counselling session, and was told that what I was describing was typical of a child of an alcoholic. I decided to read up on it - and finding this book was SUCH a relief. It made me cry because it describes ME. It also made me angry - with myself and with others close to me - because i wish I'd addressed all these issues years ago, then maybe my life wouldn't have been such an uphill struggle. But it has given me hope - my problems are not unique, I'm not alone in the feelings I have, and hopefully now that I've realised that I can do something about it.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The catalyst for a personal paradigm shift 7 Feb. 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Before reading this book I had taken the terrifying step of seeing a therapist for my chronic depression and low self-esteem. Until you read a book like this it seems an alien concept that there might be people out there having almost exactly the same experiences. It's a short book so you have no excuse for not reading it. This book, so simple and accurate, will change the way you look at your life and perhaps change the way you live it. If you're the adult child of an alcoholic and you haven't looked for help do that first or do that in conjunction with reading this book. You have the rest of your life to live and this book brings to light a common problem in our society long left unrecognized and ignored.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Perfect 5 Sept. 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I cry every time I read this bok, because everything it says is true. I always knew that I had problems but I couldn't link them with anything. Now that I have this book, however, I can relate to everything and now I know why I have such a low self esteem. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ANYONE WHO HAS GONE THROUGH THE EXPERIENCE OF BEING AN ADULT CHILD OF AN ALCOHOLIC! You would never think that your problems aren't your fault, but this book shows you otherwise! This book tells you So much about yourself that you would never ever know otherwise. It is a perfect work of literature.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recovery is discovery... 9 Jun. 2012
By Mark Stipanovsky TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
One of the reasons I am an expert in addiction and a specialist in getting better is because of my real life experience...

Learning from books is part of the process and if your life has ever been affected by negative alcohol experiences then buy this book.

Listening to someone who tells you that they want to kill them self and they hate you and who is also your parent is scary and frightening and painful and "normal"...

Watching your parents physically attack each other and scream and shout and abuse each other is "normal"...

Learning how to "binge drink" is "normal"...

Learning your concept of normal is actually quite terrible and that childhood memories involve terror as well as birthday parties and nice is just how it is...

And although I do not agree with lots of other addiction experts including this one or even the idea of a disease model I still feel it is a helpful model...

What I do agree is that "addiction" is a real phenomenon even if we can't agree what "addiction" actually is...

Learning there is no such thing as normal - and that feeling shame and guilt are part of being human and that we can learn to overcome these feelings and to be OK is helpful.

I like to speak in simple terms - helpful vs unhelpful and the author Janet also speaks similarly. She uses the terms functional vs dysfunctional and this is a very simple and useful way to help heal the pain of having parents who used alcohol or any drug for that matter in a dysfunctional way.

Attempting to stop parents fighting when you are a child is scary. Pretending you can't hear the screams invites you to feel ashamed and guilty.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't think I needed this book, but I did! 16 Oct. 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I found this book in the early l980's. It was a door opener to my history, my identity, my relationship patterns (and failures), my addictions, etc. etc. Some books are turning points. This one is a MAJOR PIVOT! I encourage anyone who thinks they may remotely identify with this book to get it. Then go immediately to an Adult Children of Alcoholics 12-step meeting..even before it comes in the mail. And listen. Find out that you may be one of 4 family types: hero, mascot, rebel or invisible one. Find out that the "elephant in the living room" is alcholism and that its not your fault and that you couldn't stop it, prevent it, or rescue them or yourself from it. But find out what recovery is like..that there is life after trauma. This book will be a powerful guide to all thats been hurting you. God bless you in your journey! Go to at least six meetings before you decide its not for you. Take kleenex. And listen! Someone will tell your life story within six meetings. How to find a meeting? Call your local AA number and ask them where the ACOA or ACA meetings are. If they don't have them in your area, ask for CODA (codependents anonymous), if they don't have them, ask for Al-anon. But GO!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
This is a must-read for anyone who grew up in a family where addiction was an issue. It is so important to begin to understand the effects of that family system on one's sense of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Veronica Fiore
5.0 out of 5 stars If you grew up with alcoholic parents or in an ...
If you grew up with alcoholic parents or in an addition related dysfunctional family then this is THE book to read. It will answer so many questions.
Published 5 months ago by MR T H HOULBROOK
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bought as a gift for someone
Published 8 months ago by caz
4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good book for Adult Children
A pretty good book for Adult Children. I'd say a must read, but there are other books on the subject or books that should also be read in conjunction. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mark Loan
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Great book, I identified with it from the first page
Published 9 months ago by Emily Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Succint, enlightening and practical
Unlike many self help, popular psychology books this one manages to address the issue of alcoholism and its effects without pity or blame. Read more
Published 16 months ago by M Killian
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great read, a lot of aha moments and she writes with great empathy. A great book to read if you are an adult child of an alcoholic and perhaps also for partners.
Published 21 months ago by siiri
4.0 out of 5 stars A Useful Resource
Children of alcoholics often don't realise the extent to which their parents' problems have influenced their own lives. Read more
Published on 24 Dec. 2012 by P M Duckworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Initial disappointment turns to pleasant surprise
My personal background: diagnosed with clinical depression 5 years ago, and now almost fully recovered, I can finally begin to look at all those dangerous memories. Read more
Published on 2 Aug. 2012 by SE MacDowall
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy but thought-provoking read
They always say don't judge a book by it's cover- I don't like this cover, but the book is great! It's about the long-lasting emotional effects of being brought up with an... Read more
Published on 22 July 2012 by Ms. J. S. Webb
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