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When they were first released in the 1980s, Janet Woititz's groundbreaking works, Adult Children of Alcoholics, Struggle for Intimacy and The Self-Sabotage Syndrome, provided a new message of hope to adult children who had grown up in the shadow of alcoholic parents. Their message today is as profound and timeless as it was two decades ago. Now, in this complete collectio When they were first released in the 1980s, Janet Woititz's groundbreaking works, Adult Children of Alcoholics, Struggle for Intimacy and The Self-Sabotage Syndrome, provided a new message of hope to adult children who had grown up in the shadow of alcoholic parents. Their message today is as profound and timeless as it was two decades ago. Now, in this complete collection, readers will learn again the insight and healing power of Janet Wotitiz's words. The Complete ACoA Sourcebook is a compilation of three of Dr. Woititz's classic books, addressing head-on the symptoms of The Adult Children of Alcoholics syndrome and providing strategies for living a normal life as an adult. Readers will find help for themselves: at home, in intimate relationships and on the job. They will discover the reasons for the way they think, believe and feel about themselves; ACoAs often feel isolated, have difficulty in relationships, in the workplace and in feeling good about themselves. Readers who are familiar with Woititz's work will find wisdom once again in this classic collection. Those new to ACoA will gain fresh insight into their behavior patterns and find an avenue for self-love and healing. Noted ACoA expert Dr. Robert Ackerman, author of the best-selling Perfect Daughters and Silent Sons, provides a foreword and explains why Janet Woititz's message will continue to help millions of readers for generations to come.


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When they were first released in the 1980s, Janet Woititz's groundbreaking works, Adult Children of Alcoholics, Struggle for Intimacy and The Self-Sabotage Syndrome, provided a new message of hope to adult children who had grown up in the shadow of alcoholic parents. Their message today is as profound and timeless as it was two decades ago. Now, in this complete collectio When they were first released in the 1980s, Janet Woititz's groundbreaking works, Adult Children of Alcoholics, Struggle for Intimacy and The Self-Sabotage Syndrome, provided a new message of hope to adult children who had grown up in the shadow of alcoholic parents. Their message today is as profound and timeless as it was two decades ago. Now, in this complete collection, readers will learn again the insight and healing power of Janet Wotitiz's words. The Complete ACoA Sourcebook is a compilation of three of Dr. Woititz's classic books, addressing head-on the symptoms of The Adult Children of Alcoholics syndrome and providing strategies for living a normal life as an adult. Readers will find help for themselves: at home, in intimate relationships and on the job. They will discover the reasons for the way they think, believe and feel about themselves; ACoAs often feel isolated, have difficulty in relationships, in the workplace and in feeling good about themselves. Readers who are familiar with Woititz's work will find wisdom once again in this classic collection. Those new to ACoA will gain fresh insight into their behavior patterns and find an avenue for self-love and healing. Noted ACoA expert Dr. Robert Ackerman, author of the best-selling Perfect Daughters and Silent Sons, provides a foreword and explains why Janet Woititz's message will continue to help millions of readers for generations to come.

30 review for The Complete ACOA Sourcebook: Adult Children of Alcoholics at Home, at Work and in Love

  1. 4 out of 5

    B. Jean

    I had to take a break from this book because I started to have dreams about arguing with my alcoholic parent, hahaaaa. Anyway, a lot of this was eye opening for me. I thought that I am the way I am because it was some inherent fault of my own. Instead, I've learned that many of the things I think make up who I am, are actually not who I am, and are traits shared by people in similar situations. (I also definitely fit into the lost child role.) I was told I was an ACOA recently by a counselor and I had to take a break from this book because I started to have dreams about arguing with my alcoholic parent, hahaaaa. Anyway, a lot of this was eye opening for me. I thought that I am the way I am because it was some inherent fault of my own. Instead, I've learned that many of the things I think make up who I am, are actually not who I am, and are traits shared by people in similar situations. (I also definitely fit into the lost child role.) I was told I was an ACOA recently by a counselor and I had no idea they had support groups for children of alcoholics. It was actually really relieving. This explained a lot of why I just gave up in high school, how I quit activity after activity and pissed off a bunch of people. I burned out, I absolutely did. I was told that I was lazy when I didn't want to invite people to my house, but they could never know what I was dealing with. It would piss me off when people would joke that 'everyone's family is dysfunctional' when they had no idea of what it actually felt like. It also explains why I constantly try to sabotage myself when things are going well, why angry people scare me, why I can't touch alcohol. The author wasn't joking when she said ACOAs are survivors. Either way, highly recommend this book for anyone who is the adult child of an alcoholic. You're absolutely not alone and no, it was not your fault.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Olga Grytsenko

    Great book Good and comprehensive book for those coming from dysfunctional families. Author provides many important insights on the issue of growing up in the family with alcoholic parent, and how that affect children later.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tal

    If you grew up in this situation or your spouse did, this is a must read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Simone

    I found this book very interesting and eye opening at times, especially in the work situation and family home. I was able to realise the dynamics and blame that can be put on self due to family dysfunction and the reality it’s a normal reaction to a situation that’s not your bag. It would have been nice if there were tools or chapters to help bring more insight to self and help develop. Otherwise, an insightful read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    This book was very invaluable to me in coming to understand myself better (the 'why do I think or act this way's)... and my family and anyone else who grew up around alcohol and/or addiction. This book is often recommended by many counselors, therapists, psychologists, etc. If you're seeking to understand what happens to a person who lives around alcohol as they grow older, I highly recommend this book as your guide. This book was very invaluable to me in coming to understand myself better (the 'why do I think or act this way's)... and my family and anyone else who grew up around alcohol and/or addiction. This book is often recommended by many counselors, therapists, psychologists, etc. If you're seeking to understand what happens to a person who lives around alcohol as they grow older, I highly recommend this book as your guide.

  6. 4 out of 5

    David

    Very eye opening and well researched book. Some helpful stories and examples of the effects of growing up in an alcoholic home. Handy for ACOA's themselves or for those married to or counselling those from homes where a parent was an alcoholic. Be warned though, it can be quite confronting as it unravels many structures you may have built in your life as an ACOA. Very eye opening and well researched book. Some helpful stories and examples of the effects of growing up in an alcoholic home. Handy for ACOA's themselves or for those married to or counselling those from homes where a parent was an alcoholic. Be warned though, it can be quite confronting as it unravels many structures you may have built in your life as an ACOA.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Sholtz

    This book is really incredible in its insight and its compassion. It has helped me better understand why I do the things I do, and feel the way I feel and what might motivate others. Could not recommend highly enough if you think your childhood might not have been all that functional.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    This book put so much into perspective when I picked it up a few years ago. Was life changing for me. I always thought I survived my unique family situation but never pondered any long term effects. This book (and a few others) changed my life, thinking and worldview.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    I first saw this book at 19 years of age and it took 11 years to finally read it. It was a heartbreaking book to read but I'm proud to be in Al-Anon for treatment now. Life is good. Thank you Jan for writing this monster of a book. May you rest in peace. I first saw this book at 19 years of age and it took 11 years to finally read it. It was a heartbreaking book to read but I'm proud to be in Al-Anon for treatment now. Life is good. Thank you Jan for writing this monster of a book. May you rest in peace.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Chris Hyde

    This book helped me to understand a bit more about why I do the things I do. I felt it gave good understanding but not enough of the help to overcome those traits. I will be looking for more resources to help with the overcoming part!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Susanna

    very helpful and informative! everyone who falls in this category needs to read this book! super helpful for you and your relationships!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Excellent resource! So much insight into all aspects and facets of life. It validated me,... thus immensely important read!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Recommended for any person affected by alcoholism or other compulsions in another person. First read: February - August 2016

  14. 5 out of 5

    jenn

    knowing is half the battle.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tracie

    Definitely beats the Red Book currently being touted by the ACA WSO.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Sellers

    This was an excellent book that brings a lot of insight to the life of ACOA. Because childhoods were chaotic and full of unbroken promises and confusion. There are many things ACOAs don’t know how to do because they didn’t see it done and/or weren’t taught how to do it. May have issues completing projects from start to finish, may lie even if the truth is easy, don’t know how to have fun or be silly, may overreact to things out of their control, may not have healthy relationships, Will second gu This was an excellent book that brings a lot of insight to the life of ACOA. Because childhoods were chaotic and full of unbroken promises and confusion. There are many things ACOAs don’t know how to do because they didn’t see it done and/or weren’t taught how to do it. May have issues completing projects from start to finish, may lie even if the truth is easy, don’t know how to have fun or be silly, may overreact to things out of their control, may not have healthy relationships, Will second guess decisions and many other issues. It’s important for leadership in a workplace to be aware so resources aren’t wasted

  17. 5 out of 5

    Heather Brush

    I was really hoping for more in the latter books but at least got to revisit the concepts in the first again. Identifying the issues is always a good step, even if you don't really get guidance here for addressing behaviors. I was really hoping for more in the latter books but at least got to revisit the concepts in the first again. Identifying the issues is always a good step, even if you don't really get guidance here for addressing behaviors.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jeainny

    Moving forward, I step away from the guilt, shame, and criticism. I deserve love, kindness, patience and warm hugs. Safety is a must.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Very eye opening and informative.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Donna Skulman

  21. 4 out of 5

    Su Hyun

  22. 4 out of 5

    Molly Mcdonnell

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    Jari

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    Ron

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    MK

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jillian

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mahenoor

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sam Fairchild

  30. 4 out of 5

    Paul Lester

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