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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: 1.5 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,029 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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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Jan 1998
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 on 11 Oct 1997
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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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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Feb 2006
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Nel on 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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Feb 1999
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jan 1999
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I stumbled onto this book by chance. The title caught my attention since I am a child of an alcoholic. It was twilight zone weird how much this book was able to describe aspects of me. The knowlegde gained about yourself and how to help improve yourself is wonderful. I now have a better understanding of why I have done some of the things I've done and not liked. I am hopeful that I will be able to build and improve myself as an individual using some of the tools presented in this book. Even if you are not a child of an alcoholic, this book is an excellent source of information. It has been very enlightening.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Sep 1999
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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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 May 1999
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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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