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Adult Children: Alcoholic / Dysfunctional Families Hardcover – January 1, 2006
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- Item Weight : 2.28 pounds
- Hardcover : 643 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0978979702
- ISBN-13 : 978-0978979706
- Publisher : Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization; 1st edition (January 1, 2006)
- Language: : English
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The Red Book has been a great help in putting my life in order. I only wish I had found it earlier in my recovery, however I am glad it was written. I have heard it said that "AA is the High School diploma. Al Anon is the Master's degree and ACA is the PhD." This pretty much describes my haphazard (Divinely inspired) path to recovery.
Stop drinking/using. Go to Al Anon. and Read the Big Red Book. Prayers for your journey through recovery.
Instead of blaming, shaming or worse, ignoring and denying. Read this. Then get yourself to a meeting! There is even a chapter of PTSD. It isn't just happening to military vets. It happens in the most ordinary of families. Anybody remember the movie Ordinary People? This book is worth it's weight in gold.
That said, this listing is for the PAPERBACK version of the updated version. The paperback cover is almost a burgundy color. The hardback BRB, Big Red Book, is the same but has a red cover (what is pictured). The paperback book is not nearly as bright. It easily blends in when reading in public so many folks chose it for that reason.
I am really speechless over the content.
Thank you to all who participated in the development of this book. It's invaluable for those seeking recovery.
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I’ve worked the steps in the Fellowship using this text and the Yellow Book. I can honestly say this was the best thing I have ever done in my life.
This book brought me hope when I had none.
My hope is that anyone reading this will find what I have found.
The claim is that this is spiritual but not religious, but the fact is that this is Christianity theology. Saying that you can use any understanding of God you like feels disingenuous as the ideas behind these 12 steps and their understanding of God and forgiveness are purely Christian ideas - eg ideas like God 'removing your shortcomings', your 'defects of character', 'knowledge of Gods will for us', 'having .. a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps... carry this message to others who still suffer, and to practice these principles in all our affairs..'
The upshot is seven of these 12 steps contain references that are meaningless if you don't believe in an essentially Christian version of God. I'm not saying it won't be helpful to some, but I found these ideas problematic because I don't need a 'higher power' to change me, I believe that humans have the power to choose to change themselves.