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Children of Alcoholism

ISBN-10: 0060970200
ISBN-13: 9780060970208
Edition: Reprint 
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Description: If one or both of your parents were alcoholics ... you are still suffering, and you care not alone. At least 22 million American adults were raised by an alcoholic parent, and nearly all of them live with scars -- both psychological and physical  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 5/14/1986
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

If one or both of your parents were alcoholics ... you are still suffering, and you care not alone. At least 22 million American adults were raised by an alcoholic parent, and nearly all of them live with scars -- both psychological and physical -as a consequence. Coming from homes filled with loneliness and terror, children of alcoholics grow up unable to lead lives free from inexplicable guilt, deep insecurity, lack of self-esteem, and intense sadness. Now there is help. Chidren of Alcoholism exposes "the terrible family secret" and draws on interviews with over 200 survivors to share the realities of family alcoholism, such as the frequent occurrence of child abuse, the ruined family holidays, the "crazy" fantasylike atmosphere of the alcoholic home. Childern of Alcoholism also discusses in detail how survivors can: tend to become alcoholics themselves, or marry alcoholic partners confront addictive behavior, including alcoholism recognize symptoms openly discuss drinking with their own children Filled with invaluable techniques for reversing destructive patterns and extensive information on therapy and peer support groups Children of Alcoholism offers objective, sympathetic advice on how to come to terms with the past and how to seek additional help if necessary.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Living in Chaos
The Terrible Family Secret
Fantasyland: Surviving in the Family
Merry Christmas and Other Disasters
Hangovers from Childhood
Who Are You Now?
You and Your Drinking
Marriage and Closeness-for Better or for Worse
You and Your Children
You and Your Parents Now
Climbing Out of the Trap
How Did It Happen?
Coping and Changing
Getting Help
Recommended Reading and Other Information
Index

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