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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Revised edition (September 15, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671645285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671645281
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,216 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.

Timmen L. Cermak, M.D. President, Notional Association for Adult Children of Alcoholics Gravitz and Bowden provide the first practical guide for adult children of alcoholics. Their creative description of the stages of recovery is especially useful. At lost there is a rationale for deciding what issues and what treatment services ore most relevant to each individual. Adult children of alcoholics will feel they have mode two new friends by the time they have finished this very readable book.

Robert J. Ackerman, Ph.D. Children of Alcoholics Dr. Gravitz and Ms. Bowden have definitely filled a much needed area for adult children of alcoholics in their new book. This is the first book that attempts to answer many of the 'silent' questions of the millions of adult children of alcoholics in our society. Their years of experience, perceptions and sensitivities are obvious in this well-thought-out book.

About the Author

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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I read this book when I was in my early 20's.
K. Mclain
There may be newer works out there, but this is one of the best and most insightful books on the subject of ACOA.
Finn
Also contact A.C.O.A. the Adult Children of Alcoholics on the web.
Jeffrey C. Jones

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have to agree with the reader from Florida! This book really opened my eyes. The characteristics of an acoa definitely described me! If you have never read a book on this topic, this book will open your eyes. It has a nice question and answer format, and a clear table of contents. However, I found myself saying, "yes, that's me.. and now what do I do"... but it sort of left me hanging there. I would have liked some steps to take to help me improve on some of my unfavorable behaviors.
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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 15, 2000
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About ten years ago I was in a book-store in Cambridge, Ma. and happened to browse through that book. Just reading a few questions and answers was one of the greatest shocks in my life. Reading the truth when you always thought that you are so strange, noone else can image, is not easy. I was hardly able to go to the cashier and pay for the book. This was the first day of a new life for me.
If you are an ACoA you probably want to heal yourself by just reading the book. Don't do it. Yes, read the book. But then go out and make contact with other people. Go into therapy. It's never too late.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 1999
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This was very easy to read, and I really liked the question and answer format. As an Adult Child just starting on the road to recovery, I got the most benefit from the first four chapters. I also liked seeing the stages ahead, especially the common pitfalls, and will definitely refer back to this book as I progress. But I felt this book was more ABOUT recovery, not a guide on HOW to recover. For me, this book helped me understand so many things, but I feel I have to go elsewhere for concrete actions to take. (I'm trying an inner child workbook next.) Definitely a good starting point.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 1999
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I couldn't put it down. A very easy, and great read. It really opened my eyes and made me understand a lot of the confusing things I was feeling aren't so rare. As I continued to read, things in my life just fell into place. It gave me a new direction and understanding of why things are as they are. I felt a sense of relief as I turned every page. It's a great way to start your road to recovery!! Can I say it again...This is a must read!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. benninghoff on October 25, 2005
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This book helped me see who I am. The way I think, is clearly in this book. I can't remember part of my childhood and I thought I was abnormal. Reading this book, I have come to find out that I am quite normal for a child of an alcoholic. If you are a adult child of an alcoholic, I urge you to read this book and see if it helps you too.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 1999
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After almost 3 years of therapy, this book clarified the major issues that I've been dealing with. It validated my painful, frustrating, and ultimately freeing process. I couldn't put it down. I ordered it for a friend who struggles with similar issues in her life because she wanted it after hearing me rave about how much it has helped me. My parental background doesn't include alcohol abuse as much as pure addictive behavior whether it was prescription drugs, smothering love, or shopping. This is a MUST READ to better understand your healing process and your right to enjoy life.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 13, 1999
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This book was very helpful.I am an adult child and I deal with these issues everyday of my life.Sometimes when things get really bad you feel like nobody else has it as bad as you.This book let's you know that you are not alone,and tells you where to get help.For someone who is struggling to understand this disease and how it effects adult children I would highly suggest that you read this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mad Russian on December 6, 2011
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Like others before me, I thought that since I had 'survived' and moved away that I was good.

Like others before me, I when I started reading I found that I had only survived, and even then with only a minimal set of emotional skills that would take me through the rest of my life. After multiple failed relationships I have one now that I'm going to fight for. One of the biggest ways is for me to learn what I went through, try to repair what damage I can and to begin the process of making a better me.

I've just begun to read some of the books that are out there, and while I wished for more, this is the perfect book to start your journey with. It comes in the form of questions and answers. If you are like I was reading the questions alone was one of the biggest shocks of my life. The how's and why's are here, as they are in most books, what's as important to me now is the 'where do we go from here' and 'what should I expect now' aspect of the healing process. For me, that makes this book head and shoulders above the rest of the ones I've read so far.

I would recommend this book without reservation for anyone that 'survived' an alcoholic family environment.
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