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Adult Children of Alcoholics Expanded Edition


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from Chapter 5

Recovery Hints

It is important to be clear what recovery means for adult children. Alcoholism is a disease. People recovering from alcoholism are recovering from a disease. The medical model is accepted by all responsible folks working in alcoholism treatment.

Being the child of an alcoholic is not a disease. It is a fact of your history. Because of the nature of this illness and the family response to it, certain things occur that influence your self-feelings, attitudes and behaviors in ways that cause you pain and concern. The object of AcoA recovery is to overcome those aspects of your history that cause you difficulty today and to learn a better way.

To the degree that none of us have ideal childhoods and to the degree that even an ideal childhood may be a cause for some concern, we are all recovering to some extent or other, in some way or other. Because there are so many alcoholic families and because we have been fortunate in being able to study them, it is possible to describe in general terms what happens to children who grow up in that environment.

To the degree that other families have similar dynamics, individuals who have grown up in other ôdysfunctionalö systems identify with and recover in very much the same way.

Recovery Hints for Adult Children

All folks in AcoA recovery need to learn the Al-Anon principle of detachment regardless of whether or not they are recovering from addiction or are living with an addict. Until you do this, you can go no further. Detachment is the key. Because of the inconsistent nature of the nurture a child receives in an alcohol family system and the childÆs hunger for nurture, many of you are still joined to your parents at the emotional hip. Even if you are no longer with them, you continue to seep their approval and are strongly influenced by their attitudes and behaviors. You will need to learn to separate yourself from them in a way that will not add to your stress. This is one of the primary goals of the Al-Anon program.

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Melissa Foxx, January 27, 2014 (view all comments by Melissa Foxx)
Having grown up in an alcoholic, dysfunctional home, I spent most of my early 20's trying to teach myself out of the bad coping mechanisms/patterns/ways of communicating that one learns in an alcoholic home life. Without this book, I NEVER would have been able to do as much work on myself as I did. (Plus, its cheaper than a therapist!)

Also before reading this book, I felt isolated and unable to communicate with others about the lasting effects of a childhood in an alcoholic home. After reading it and realizing that the dysfunction that I thought were just "me" problems were actually universal traits among people in alcoholic homes, I felt comforted and started to share more with others for support.
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Woititz, Janet Geringer
Woititz, Janet G.
Woititz, Janet Geringer
Health Communications
Deerfield Beach, FL :
Self-help techniques
Adult Children of Alcoholics
Parent and adult child
Alcoholics -- Family relationships.
Parent-child relations.
Child of Impaired Parents.
Substance Abuse & Addictions - Alcoholism
Adult children of alcoholics -- United States.
Alcoholics -- United States.
Recovery and Addiction - Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Edition Number:
Edition Description:
Large Print:
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
November 1990
Grade Level:
8.5 x 5.5 in 0.75 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Describes the symptoms and treatment of alcoholism and examines the ways it can disrupt family relationships.
"Synopsis" by , Ten years ago, Janet Woititz broke new ground in the understanding of the Adult Child of an alcoholic by listing the characteristics that ACoAs share. Here, in a new and expanded edition, the mother of the ACoA movement provides wisdom and information for all Adult Children of dysfunctional families.
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