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Adult Children: Alcoholic / Dysfunctional Families Paperback – 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 643 pages
  • Publisher: Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization; 1st edition (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978979702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978979706
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This program works if you work it.
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Good for people who are having difficulty with life circumstances.
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This book helps you change your life for the better!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mojojee on January 17, 2011
I agree that the book is a tremendous contribution to a solution for the suffering of humanity in our times. It is not perfect, but I am very pleased that it finally got written. Any problems I have with it are exponentially outweighed by the benefits. It is an inspired book, in my opinion. I have been using it, working the steps with a sponsor, and going to meetings for almost 2 years. It is making a huge difference in my experience. Changes are taking place within me, and thus in my relationships. Change is slowly but surely bringing equilibrium and hope. It is slow, hard work. There is unconscious resistance in me to this change, and some conscious resistance too. There is also resistance in those who are "invested" in the "old me" when they feel threatened by my changes. It is certainly the most difficult challenge of my life, and the most worthwhile. I am up for it. I highly recommend the book for those who are willing to explore the residual effects of the past in the company of fellow travelers seeking to know themselves, do away with unnecessary suffering, and pursue healthy pleasure. The limitations of the individual 12 Step Recovery programs can be viewed as a way to gain enough stability (initially) to begin to move into other areas that may or may not provide help through associated fellowships. The ACA approach is so comprehensive that it may require a person to get some focussed help through other programs and/or some good therapy to get full benefit from what ACA is offering as is represented by the contents of this book. "First things first..." I really appreciate CBodie "book boxer"'s passion and references. That is a great review of a great accomplishment!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Mclaughlin on October 4, 2009
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For people touched by alcoholism or family strife, this book will shed a lot of light, especially on your self. I would recomend it as reading for anyone in AA or Alanon. Be forewarned that it covers a lot of ground. Based on the 12 steps and ACA principals, it provides the path to those who are willing to look at themselves.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By P. knutson on June 5, 2010
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a long and difficult read, one that will take you into understanding when ready or can take you to the blame game if your not ready. Be prepared to enlist the help of other ACOA's or a good counselor when you take this one on.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By CBodie on July 4, 2009
Finally the ACA crowd has created the book that no one else would...or could. To say that this book is great and astounding is putting it mildly. Many people in the world of Twelve Step meetings, if and when they read this book, are going to be in for the shock of their lives because they are going to be confronted with truths that many of them are not going to know what to do with. Many others are going to get on their knees and give thanks with tears of joy and say "finally, someone has finally told the truth." Many will realize, upon reading this book, just how massively the mental healthcare system has failed to deliver the goods over the past one hundred years (read the book "Mad In America" by Whitaker for the rest of the story). Many will realize, upon reading this ACA "big book" how badly AA and Alanon have failed to present the "real truth" over the years of their existence ([...]....mindblowing reading there on this aspect of the problem). Many will realize, upon reading this ACA book how the church has massively failed to "walk its talk" in ministering to the "wounded" (it is more interested in making converts....the old numbers game..."we have a bigger church than you do"...than "walking the talk"....check out the great Christian theologian, Dallas Willard, and his wonderful and exposing books on this matter, titled "The Spirit of the Disciplines" and "The Divine Conspiracy"). One observer from England described the American church, in its obsession with getting as big as possible, as being "a mile wide and a quarter inch deep." Back to this ACA Big Book - as people around the world are finding this ACA Big Book they are being blown away in the most wonderful way: they are finally finding the truth about what really happened to them in their family of origin....Read more ›
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Laurie Carter on April 2, 2009
Every page is filled with so much information that it is more easily digested by the paragraph. Self help for Adult Children of Alcoholics. This one keeps the focus on the recovery rather than the symptoms. As relevant as the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. An inspiration for the spiritually hungry.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dtur616 on February 6, 2014
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A must read for anyone coming from a dysfunctional family. It helps a heart heal from all the emotional trauma that can come from learning to cope in unhealthy situations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MiamiReviewer on January 28, 2014
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Great overview of challenges for those who grew up in dysfunctional homes. Good for people who are having difficulty with life circumstances.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KaMeMor on February 3, 2014
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This book helps you change your life for the better! Working these steps made my life bearable again and more... You owe it to yourself!
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