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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
Paperback, 229 pages
Published April 16th 2007 by M. Evans and Company
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Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
All great books will inevitably cause introspection and self-evaluation within the context of the story told. This is a rare book that, while not incredibly written, is profoundly powerful and allows for introspection, and honest searing insight into loving someone close to you who is a child of an alcoholic.

I'm sure that there was so much that my girlfriend wanted to tell me, but couldn't, and this book helped me understand how to better communicate with her and show her love.

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There has to be something better.
Apr 21, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book really hit home and helped me understand a little more about myself. So much of what they explained was so accurate and there is a lot of useful information worth the read for not only the significant other of, but the ACOA as well. Quick and easy read, however the writing style wasn't my favorite. I got a little burnt out with the "jack and Jill" storytelling as well. Sift through the stories to get to the meat and potatoes of the book- would definitely recommend. ...more
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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