Ten years ago, Janet Woititz broke new ground in our understanding of what it is to be an adult child of an alcoholic. Today, she re-examines the movement and its inclusion of adult children from various dysfunctional family backgrounds who share the same characteristics. After more than 10 years of working with ACoAs, she shares the recovery hints that she has found to work. Listen to Adult Children of Alcoholics to see where the journey began and for ideas on where to go from here.
This book provides wisdom and information for all adult children of dysfunctional families.
©1990 Janet G. Woititz (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
I had the book in print for years and it's dog-eared pages and highlighted text well, sometimes was really hard to put down and then pick up again. Hearing it was really amazing...so glad this is in audio finally. One AHA moment that I had was the patience or "now" factor...why I must do things or have things "now" this was something I didn't fully get from the written text. I wish all her titles on this topic were in audio.
If you had an alcoholic parent ... i think you should read this book even if you think you don't ... this book awakened me to facts i have never even considered ... it helped me understand so many aspects of my personality and deal with so many of my problems
I get these kinds of books looking for solutions. I know the problem. I'd prefer more focus on getting better.
I found the information in this audio book very helpful and informative but the narrator sounded almost robotic. Very hard to listen to at first but got past it.
I really found this book to be very enlightening. It was written and read well. As it is not my first book on the subject, it was more reinforcing in nature, which was fine. It helped me articulate issues that I needed to convey to my therapist. The narrator did a great job, she made the book feel less technical and more humanistic, as it should be.
The format of the book as that each of the characteristics of ACOA's were concisely explored first. Then when we got to the section where she was to offer some ways to address the related issues. Well, it seemed she rehashed the explanation of the issues again.
But I see the problem with this. The bottom line is, all one can do is offer some generalized insight on how to address these issues. Overcoming them is a very daunting and personal challenge. So I don't fault her. I'll keep this as a reference and highly recommend it to others who are ACOA's. It's definitely ON POINT!
I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.
Although I knew it existed, I somehow missed reading this book throughout the years - It really clarifies the behaviors of children of alcoholics and describes how they came to behave the way they do. It is descriptive and I found myself frequently shaking my head in agreement. Unfortunately, it doesn't offer any solutions to help quell the behaviors, but I can see why it has been such a popular book.
"Very good in content but very much too concise"
I don't know. The reader was okay (a bit too quick). The book itself good in content but extremely concise. I am ACoA and part of my recovery/therapy is read or listen to good texts. This book is almost like reading an Encyclopedia, so brief. I wish it had more examples written in more elaborate manner. I got a great deal from this book but was frustrated with the approach.
Narrator was okay. The only thing maybe would be to read slower. The text is so packed with meaning that it could allow the listener to absorb the content better.
I will hold to this book inspite of my frustration expressed earlier. I need to listen to it again and pause at times in order to digest the content and relate it to my life, think of other examples.
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