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Loving an Adult Child of an Alcoholic

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The child of an alcoholic develops patterns of behavior during childhood which carry over into adult life. As children they were taught to cover up the family secret and suppress their feelings. No matter what is going on, as adults, when asked how she or he is doing your partner will likely answer "fine." Distrust, fear of abandonment, and sensitivity to criticism are all...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by M. Evans and Company (first published April 16th 2007)
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Great information, easy to read, typical self-help style. The writing irked me, the anecdotes seemed at times unrelated to the point they wanted to get across, and the Alcoholics Anonymous sayings felt a bit too prominent. This is a good resource that is worth scanning through, perhaps even to spark conversation about what childhood experiences really are like. The authors provide examples of the unpredictability and I feel like I have a better understanding of how massive and lasting the surviv...more
An easy to read guide for the partner or friend of an Adult Child of an Alcoholic (ACoA) or for an ACoA himself/herself. It is very insightful in understanding and explaining the root causes of an ACoA's behavior. I found myself skimming some of the longer case studies, whose points had been made, and it referred a little too often to the twelve step process as well as religion for my personal liking; however, the psychology is solid and applicable.
Some of the writing is not great, but overall this book is well worth reading. And, having a nice, long discussion about. Another reviewer was right that some of the stories don't always fit with the material being discussed. But, I do really like that the couple writing the book are intimately familiar with the subject material both in their own relationship and in the couples that they treat.
Janet Harris
I love this book- so much of it is right on the money - true I could have done without so many anecdotes but this book has helped me so much- thank you
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