Adult Children of Alcoholics written by Janet Geringer Wolitiz, Ed.D is what I consider to be an "oldie but a goodie". I have read this book several times over the years and find that it is a very accurate and thought-provoking book despite being published in the 90’s.
The book teaches its readers that alcoholism is a disease that keeps giving. Even if children grow up and don’t touch alcohol or substances, they may still be affected by alcoholism due to the coping strategies that are learned to survive. This book explores the 13 characteristics that ACOA tend to develop growing up in a family with alcoholism. This book doesn’t describe in detail how to break the cycle or how to work on the negative impacts that these 13 characteristics have on the life of an ACOA. I have recently read another book, After the Tears: Helping Adult Children of Alcoholics Heal Their Childhood Trauma by Jane Middelton-Moz and Lorie Dwinell (I will review this book for you at a later date) That does a better job discussing how to break the cycle.
Adult Children of Alcoholics is a good eye opener for anyone that has grown up in a family where addiction was present. This book can be very validating for ACOAs. As a therapist, knowing the 13 characteristics has been very helpful when working with many of my clients. I lend my copy often to my clients for homework. This book is a quick read with big font. It is definitely a great book to add to your therapeutic collection.
About the Author
Melissa DaSilva, LICSW is an entrepreneur, podcast host, therapist, hypnotist and artist.
Melissa started her career in the social work field. She has worked in agencies and schools for many years. She is the founder of the mental health agency East Coast Mental Wellness. Melissa specializes in working with members of the LGBTQ+ community. She is the host of the LGBTQ+ podcast Pride Connections Melissa enjoys teaching others how to create and grow a private practice to fit their needs.