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Recovery: A Guide for Adult Children of Alcoholics (A Fireside/Learning Publications book) [Paperback]

Herbert L. Gravitz
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1 Sep 1987 A Fireside/Learning Publications book
Rich with insight and awareness, "Recovery" explores the secrets, fears, hopes and issues that confront adult children of alcoholics. Authors and widely respected therapists and ACOA workshop leaders Herbert Gravitz and Julie Bowden detail in a clear question-and-answer format the challenges of control and inadequacy that ACOAs face as they struggle for recovery and understanding, stage-by-stage: Survival * Emergent Awareness * Core Issues * Transformations * Integration * Genesis. If you feel troubled by your post, "Recovery" will start you on the path of self-awareness, as it explores the searching questions adult children of alcoholics seek to hove answered: * How con I overcome my need for control? * Do all ACOAs ploy the some kind of roles in the family? * How do I overcome my fear of intimacy? * What is all-or-none functioning? * How can ACOAs maintain self-confidence and awareness after recovery? * How do ACOAs handle the family after understanding its influence? * And many other important questions about your post, family and feelings. Written with warmth, joy and real understanding, "Recovery" will inspire you to meet the challenges of the post and overcome the obstacles to your happiness.

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Fireside ed edition (1 Sep 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671645285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671645281
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.1 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Awareness" If you only read one book on adult children of alcoholics this year, make this the one.

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Herbert L. Gravitz, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist in Santa Barbara, California. He is a founding Board Member of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA), and currently serves on the Advisory Board. He was Executive Editor of "The Network," a publication of NACOA and authored the "Children of Alcoholics Handbook." Julie D. Bowden, M.S., is a Marriage, Family, and Child Psychotherapist in private practice in Santa Barbara, California. She developed the first Alcohol/Drug Awareness Program for the University of California system and has consulted on both inpatient and outpatient recovery programs. She is a founding Board Member of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA), and its first treasurer. She currently serves on the Advisory Board. She is the adult child of an alcoholic. Together, they conduct recovery retreats, individual and group psychotherapy, and educational seminars for adult children of alcoholics as well as other adult children of trauma and the professionals who serve them. They began the University of California's first therapy group specifically for adult children of alcoholics. They have authored numerous articles and are coauthors of an upcoming book, "Genesis: The Spiritual Dimension of Recovery for Children of Alcoholics and Other Children of Trauma."

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!! 9 Jun 2009
This was really specific for Adult Children of Alcoholics. It runs through how Adult Children often think and behave. Explains what went wrong and how to begin to heal. I've lent it to my step-mum and hope my Dad will read some of it. Another absolute must for anyone affected by another persons' drink problem. IMHO, it gives a wounded soul validation, comfort and hope.
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4.0 out of 5 stars first 23 Nov 2008
By AnnaB
This is first book I have read on the subject, so I can not compare to other titles. It is written in simple understandable language, so it is very easy (and fast) to read, which is what I like in the books.
It is written in the format: question - answer. I like that.
But for sure I will search for other titles on the subject, this book is just introduction for me.
This book encourages me to read and learn more about adult children of alcoholics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing 3 Aug 2009
By Fiona
This book seemed to leap off the shelf of a secondhand bookstore. I read it over two evenings and was amazed at how it seemed to be describing my experiences. I've gone back to it time and time again.
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By Ana
The book is written in a questions and answer format which makes it rather easy to read, it can be picked up or left down at any moment and it covers most of the issues that you would expect under this title.
It is a self help book but it could also be used by a professional to get a good picture of the consequences of alcoholism from the milder ones to the ugliest,
It is a good start for anyone dealing with this issue.
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