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Adult Children of Alcoholics [Paperback]

Janet G. Woititz
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  • Paperback: 135 pages
  • Publisher: Health Communications; Rev Ed edition (30 Nov 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558741127
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558741126
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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


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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
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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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34 of 35 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reliving the past.... 12 Oct 2010
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You grow up all your life thinking that you are OK, that the rest of the world is all screwed up and the fact that you're different is OK.

Until you read a book like this and you recognize yourself and your family in it, and gradually it dawns on you that, yes, you are different, but you have no real concept of what 'normal' is. It has been distorted and has affected a lifetime of behaviour. I wish I had read this 20 years ago, then maybe I would have been a better person, better at relationships and a better father to my daughter. I had sworn I would be, but I ended up breaking that promise and regretting it every day of my life since.

If one or both of your parents had a drinking problem and you think you're OK, read the book. And then, if you think as I did that you have a problem - do the best thing you have ever done for yourself - speak to someone, a professional to help you understand how this has affected your life and your understanding of 'normal'.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Perfect 5 Sep 1999
By A Customer
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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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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
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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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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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This book was instrumental in helping me link current behaviors to past events experienced as a child of an alcoholic family. I always new unhealthy behaviors I practice today were a result of my early experiences, but I had never thought through the correlations thoroughly. This book did that for me. Now instead of thinking in general terms such as "I act like this because I'm from a dysfunctional family," I can think, "I act like x,y, or z, because I experienced/learned/internalized x, y, or z." It enabled me to view my current behaviors as normal for someone who experienced what I did...discovering the specific correlations and that I was normal provided a big relief. As a beginning psychotherapist, it synthesized the signs that may enable me to recognize a client who is an ACoA, as many individuals, unfortunately, are not forthcoming with this information, and a therapist unfamiliar with characteristics of ACoAs may misdiagnosis what is going on with his/her client if s/he is not aware that the client comes from this type of background. If you are an ACoA, give this book to significant others in your life so that they can understand why you behave the way you do at times.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I never understood why I did the things I did. 10 May 1999
By A Customer
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I never understood why I did the things I did. I was given this book back in 1989 by my high school chaplain who explained that she too went through the same problems. Since then I have had an easier time dealing with my issues because this book tells me exactly what my issues are and why I have them. It is still hard to explain them to my husband, coworkers, and friends, however-it does not matter as much anymore-I have regained my confidence and have more self-control of my life. Today I bought my best friend a copy, no wonder we get along so well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 4 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 9 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 16 months ago 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 20 months ago 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 21 months ago by Ms. J. S. Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, I don't feel as isolated
If your childhood consisted of locking yourself away in your room, hearing "I love you, now go away", and wondering why no one paid you any attention accept your teachers - please... Read more
Published 22 months ago by BecauseLifeCanBeHard
5.0 out of 5 stars Recovery is discovery...
One of the reasons I am an expert in addiction and a specialist in getting better is because of my real life experience... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mark Stipanovsky
4.0 out of 5 stars Adult children of Alcoholics
Interesting book. Easy to read if English it's not your first language. I'll recommend the othes book of the same author.
Published on 11 Mar 2012 by Felipe
5.0 out of 5 stars very helpful
i cannot recomend this book enough,it explained alot to me on how i am as a person and how affected i have been with my dads alcoholism,like someone else mentioned in a review,its... Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2011 by karencheshire
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for adult children of alcoholics
I've been attending Alanon for 8 months and now that I realise alcoholism within my family is to blame for a lot of the day to day problems I experience, I am keen to keep learning... Read more
Published on 8 Aug 2011 by Eva
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