Item description for The Complete ACOA Sourcebook: Adult Children of Alcoholics at Home, at Work and in Love by Janet G. Woititz & Robert Ackerman...
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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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.03" Width: 6.03" Height: 1.1" Weight: 2 lbs.
Release Date Mar 8, 2002
ISBN 1558749608 ISBN13 9781558749603
Reviews - What do customers think about The Complete ACOA Sourcebook: Adult Children of Alcoholics at Home, at Work and in Love?
Repetitive Nov 4, 2008
This book is really repetitive. It is basically the same information but slightly altered for each of the three sections (Home, Work, Love). I would suggest going to the library and skimming books in this subject to ensure that they are consistent with your ideological point of view and include alot of statistics and examples before you buy it. But then again, there are not many authors that write about adult children of alcoholics so if you have money to burn supporting them is good, too.
ACoA's are truly our own breed Oct 29, 2008
Adult children of Alcoholics are the same as we are at home, at work and in love. We are a breed of our own with many stumbles along the road to reality. I often wondered why I could start so many projects and yet abandon them long before completion, and why I never understood what normal was, taking myself and life too seriously and struggling to find appropriate levels of intimacy in all of my relationships.
Author Janet Woititz leaves no stone unturned, no symptom or characteristic of an Adult Child unexamined. The book is divided into three parts based on its subtitle: How ACoA's function at home, at work and in love. Each part begins with a personal message from the author as if she takes the reader by the hand to offer validation and to lead us bravely through to the next section.
There is even a chapter called "So You Love an ACoA" for those of us whose partners still totally don't understand what we survived.
Regarding the ACoA at work, Woititz discusses our tendency towards workaholism, burnout and the subtle sabotage we may create in our jobs. A variety of professions are disected: medical student, priest, foreman, counselor, supervisor, caregiver or any employee according to how the profession relates to the ACoA, what we need to look out for and how what we've been through grants us the knowledge of how to succeed in our chosen professions. The tail end of the book even features valuable guidance for Employee Assistance programs.
This book is filled with several "Aha!" moments for me (especially Chapter 2 "What Happened to You as a Child?" and Chapter 3, "Breaking the Cycle.") I recommend its timeless information to any adult who grew up with an alcoholic parent or any form of dysfunction.
Excellent Oct 16, 2008
This book answered alot of questions for me. If you've ever wondered "why do I act this way?" and you come from an alcoholic family, check this book out - quick!
Compilation of older works Jul 12, 2008
The material is relevant, but this book is essentially a compilation of the author's older works (which I found at my local library).
I decided on 3-stars (vs 2) because if you're considering this book for personal use, it is a good start -- assuming you'd prefer to avoid the library.
Always wondered? Jun 8, 2007
I'm 60+ years old and always wondered why in certain areas of my life I seemed to be just a 'cog off' in many of my thoughts and reactions to life. This book was one 'ah-ha' after another. I had worked through many of the 'glitches' on my own but it was a good feeling to finally understand from where they had come. Not in a blaming way, just in an understanding way. I would recommend it to anyone from an alcoholic family who 'wonders' why they react in ways that are not 'the norm' and have needs that they have spent a lifetime trying to fill without being able to.