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It is painful and difficult to grow up in an alcoholic family or to live with an active alcoholic. Many people feel that recovery as an Adult Child of Alcoholics or an Enabler in recovery is as difficult and requires as much work as staying sober and abstinent from a substance.

Here we offer selections that offer support to those who have lived with addictive problems of all kinds in their families of origin or their families of creation*.

Yesterday I Cried: Celebrating the Lessons of Living and Loving
by Iyanla Vanzant

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"Bestselling author Iyanla Vanzant has had an amazing and difficult life. In this simple book, she uses her own personal experiences to show how life's hardships can be re-languaged and re-visioned to become lessons that teach us as we grow, heal, and learn to love. The pain of the past does not have to be today's reality." -- Book Description

Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself
by Melody Beattie (Preface)

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"Recovery has begun for millions of individuals with this straightforward guide. through personal examples and exercises, readers are shown how controlling others forces them to lose sight of their own needs and happiness." -- Book Description

The Language of Letting Go
by Melody Beattie

Our Price: $7.98

"Focusing on self-esteem and acceptance, and written in the direct unsentimental style of Beattie's bestsellers, these daily meditations give voice to the thoughts and feelings common to men and women in recovery. They encourage reflecton on problem-solving, self-awareness, sexuality, intimacy, attachment, acceptance, relationships, and more." -- Synopsis

The Betrayal Bond: Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships
by Patrick J., Ph.D. Carnes

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"Dr. Patrick Carnes presents an in-depth study of relationships, how to recognize when traumatic bonding has occurred, and the steps to take to extricate oneself or a loved one from the relationship." -- Synopsis

The Enabler: When Helping Harms the Ones You Love
by Angelyn Miller

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"Do you confuse being needed with being loved? Do you relate to others by taking care of them? Then you may be an enabler. The enabler protects others from the consequences of their actions. But by always taking responsibility for those around them, enablers hurt the very people they love most. This sensitive and insightful book, written by a recovered enabler, shows how enabling relationships can be transformed into healthy ones." -- Book Description

Adult Children of Alcoholics
by Janet Geringer Woititz

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"Ten years ago, Janet Woititz broke new ground in the understanding of the Adult Child of an alcoholic by listing the characteristics that ACoAs share. Here, in a new and expanded edition, the mother of the ACoA movement provides wisdom and information for all Adult Children of dysfunctional families." -- Synopsis

Recovery: A Guide for Adult Children of Alcoholics
by Julie D. Bowden, Herbert L. Gravitz, Sharon Wegscheider Cruse (Introduction), Julia D. Bowden

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"Rich with insight and awareness, 'Recovery' explores the secrets, fears, hopes and issues that confront adult children of alcoholics. Authors and widely respected therapists and ACOA workshop leaders Herbert Gravitz and Julie Bowden detail in a clear question-and-answer format the challenges of control and inadequacy that ACOAs face as they struggle for recovery and understanding." -- Book Description

Perfect Daughters: Adult Daughters of Alcoholics
by Robert J. Ackerman

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"Dr. Ackerman addresses the 75 percent of people attending conferences for adult children of alcoholics--women. Through a combined narrative of professional and anecdotal styles, he hopes to restore a sense of balance in the lives of adult daughters of alcoholics." -- Synopsis

The Adult Children of Alcoholics Syndrome: From Discovery to Recovery
by Wayne Kritsberg

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"Kritsberg outlines a complete self-help recovery program based on his unique Family Integration System, with techniques such as exploring family myths, writing letters to oneself as a child, daily affirmations, and dialoguing with absent family members." -- Synopsis

An Adult Child's Guide to What's 'Normal'
by John C. Friel, Linda Friel (Contributor)

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"A practical guide to begin dealing with the pain and trauma of being raised in a dysfunctional family. Your parents may not have been able to teach you lifeskills but it is not too late to learn them now. This book will help the reader to learn how to respond to the challenges, problems and traps that they are faced with daily." -- Synopsis

It Will Never Happen to Me
by Claudia Black

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"This 'little green book,' as it has come to be known to hundreds of thousands of C.O.A.'s and A.C.O.A.'s, is meant to help the reader understand the roles children in alcoholic families adopt, the problems they face in adulthood as a result, and what they can do to break the pattern of destruction." -- Book Description

Struggle for Intimacy
by Janet Geringer Wotitiz, Janet Geringer Woititz

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"The struggle for intimacy is part of a life-long process for those who have grown up with alcoholism or dysfunction in the home. To be intimate, to be close, to be vulnerable, contradicts all the survival skills learned by Children of Alcoholics." -- Synopsis

We're also always eager to hear from members regarding which books have helped YOU!

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