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As children they lived with the alcoholism of their parents or others. As adults they tended to behave as though they still were living in an alcoholic home - desperately seeking attention, yearning for affection, trying to be incredibly good, and miserably failing. They were not free to do otherwise - until they came to Al-Anon.


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As children they lived with the alcoholism of their parents or others. As adults they tended to behave as though they still were living in an alcoholic home - desperately seeking attention, yearning for affection, trying to be incredibly good, and miserably failing. They were not free to do otherwise - until they came to Al-Anon.

30 review for From Survival to Recovery

  1. 4 out of 5

    Christine CC

    I'll keep my Al-Anon literature reviews very simple. I learn that I am not alone; that I only have to 'control' myself; and that life become brighter and lighter when I 'let go and let god.' The program has changed my life in ways unimaginable. I'll keep my Al-Anon literature reviews very simple. I learn that I am not alone; that I only have to 'control' myself; and that life become brighter and lighter when I 'let go and let god.' The program has changed my life in ways unimaginable.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chrysta

    My favorite book from Al-Anon Family Groups, From Survival To Recovery focuses on Adult Children of Alcoholics, sharing the heartbreaking, courageous and honest stories of Adult Children who have found peace, serenity and joy thanks to the Al-Anon program. A must read for any Al-Anon!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chris Gager

    My story. Our story. If you grew up in a screwed up family read this. Date read is for the beginning. Read more than once of course.

  4. 4 out of 5

    D.

    The best book for adult children of alcoholics, or the children of any other kind of addict for that matter. Tells a story that isn't told in other program literature. Serves as a vital tool of validation for our experience. Often this validation is hard to get from the family or even friends. The best book for adult children of alcoholics, or the children of any other kind of addict for that matter. Tells a story that isn't told in other program literature. Serves as a vital tool of validation for our experience. Often this validation is hard to get from the family or even friends.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Joy Chen

    eye-opening, inspiring and courageous

  6. 4 out of 5

    Emily B

    A book I will definitely read more than once. When reading I bookmarked many pages that contained insightful information.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mamaang

    I was very excited to get a copy of this book but it left me disappointed. I liked how they broke everything down and had stories to go along with the subject but I found myself having a very hard time getting through the book. I was very bored with the writing and feel I've taken very little away from the read. I've enjoyed other Al-Anon books but I didn't respond to this one the way I would've liked. I was very excited to get a copy of this book but it left me disappointed. I liked how they broke everything down and had stories to go along with the subject but I found myself having a very hard time getting through the book. I was very bored with the writing and feel I've taken very little away from the read. I've enjoyed other Al-Anon books but I didn't respond to this one the way I would've liked.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Any Length

    Read it and see if you relate. If you do there is a way out.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Janine Toomey

    Great insight for this old girl! Thankful for those that laid down their stories and their perspectives on the trail to recovery.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Cramer

    Eye opener.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Yeongbae Kim

    I bought the book early in my recovery. After having read a few pages, I put it away because the stories felt too raw, too much. Now that I have more recovery, I was able to pick it up again. This time, I was no longer 'afraid' of the stories. Rather, the stories re-affirm that I am not alone. I feel grateful for the experience, strength and hope in the program. Keep coming. I bought the book early in my recovery. After having read a few pages, I put it away because the stories felt too raw, too much. Now that I have more recovery, I was able to pick it up again. This time, I was no longer 'afraid' of the stories. Rather, the stories re-affirm that I am not alone. I feel grateful for the experience, strength and hope in the program. Keep coming.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    Helps to know I'm not in this difficult journey alone. I can learn and use better tools to function as an adult rather than using coping skills which got me through childhood but are not truly mature assets. Helps to know I'm not in this difficult journey alone. I can learn and use better tools to function as an adult rather than using coping skills which got me through childhood but are not truly mature assets.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    I feel a spiritual connection with the Al-Anon program. I feel comforted after reading this book. At first, it was hard to swallow the realities of the disease of alcoholism, however, we are not alone. Thank you for this book

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    You'd like that someone pulled some of these stories right from my head. Such a helpful read. You'd like that someone pulled some of these stories right from my head. Such a helpful read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Don't read my review if you're sensitive about criticism of these programs. I didn't read this book just to take pot-shots at it, or the people involved in, and/or benefitting from, support groups. My review is, however, extremely critical. If you do end up reading it, and feel the impulse to preach to me, I urge you not to waste your breath. I'm interested in the general premise, but not the methods prescribed. It's been a while since I've been this exasperated with a book. I'm about halfway thr Don't read my review if you're sensitive about criticism of these programs. I didn't read this book just to take pot-shots at it, or the people involved in, and/or benefitting from, support groups. My review is, however, extremely critical. If you do end up reading it, and feel the impulse to preach to me, I urge you not to waste your breath. I'm interested in the general premise, but not the methods prescribed. It's been a while since I've been this exasperated with a book. I'm about halfway through it, and already eager to mark it "read." Sure, it's interesting to read the stories of people who've grown up blind to the ways their family's alcoholism has shaped their lives. Even those in households devoid of any particular abuse have been deeply affected by their parents' dereliction and escapism. That's not the problem. The trouble is that only makes up the middle third of each story. The pattern is predictable: they begin by admitting their denial, they figure out what went horribly wrong, and they end by rhapsodizing about an ongoing reliance on support groups, or their delegation of responsibility/causality to their "Higher Power." Bully for them, but a book it does not make. This thing reads like a protracted pamphlet, an overly ambitious brochure, an endless procession of testimonials and blurbs compiled into a maddeningly repetitious descent into mawkish platitudes. For a literature nerd, this is like reading the pull quotes from movie reviewers on a DVD case 600' long. Beyond a few insights here and there, it offers mostly gimmicks, slogans, catchy acronyms, bizarre Unitarian prayers, and an unrelenting promotion of support groups. If you want something with real substance, real meat to it, I couldn't recommend this at all.

  16. 4 out of 5

    John B

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nicky Ramarumo

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cassidy Hersey

  19. 5 out of 5

    SARASWATHY P

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Yoder-Brown

  21. 4 out of 5

    Joseph M. Boncser

  22. 5 out of 5

    Thenursesnurse

  23. 5 out of 5

    Susan

  24. 5 out of 5

    Terre

  25. 4 out of 5

    Roger

  26. 4 out of 5

    cynthia lillibridge

  27. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

  28. 4 out of 5

    Preeti

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Smith

  30. 5 out of 5

    April Catlady

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