Saturday, February 6, 2010

Adult Children of Alcoholics / Dysfunctional Familes (Adult Children of Alcoholics - Basic Text) by Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization (Hardcover 2006)

Adult Children Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families (Adult Children of Alcoholics - Basic Text)"As recovering members of the ACA program we can begin to shape our lives based on what Rachel Carson so poignantly described: 'If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in." - Anonymous, CO
     The Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization have taken on quite an achievement in this the 2006 (aka 'Big Book / Red Book') for ACA, one that is noteworthy and likely to be historical in self-help publishing.  It has been several decades of work for this book to come together in this form. Being a work of love and hate for the Twelve Step community, A.A., Alanon, and ACA groups have long faced differences of philosophy and what is sanctioned literature for their individual groups - and like the A.A. Blue Book, or One Day at a Time for Alanon Family Groups; the ACA Big Book falls into the ranks of its predecessors in modern self-help literature.
     There are many new and old traditions being fused within this text, many having been thought radical in the early growth of the ACA movement. Yet it is not dogma or rhetoric which makes this book special and new in its genre. So rather than speak for ACA / Alanon members, I will let a few well spoken quotes from the Amazon site say it in their own words.
     "For people touched by alcoholism or family strife, this book will shed a lot of light, especially on your self. I would recomend it as reading for anyone in AA or Alanon. Be forewarned that it covers a lot of ground. Based on the 12 steps and ACA principals, it provides the path to those who are willing to look at themselves. " - M. Mclaughlin, MI
     "Every page is filled with so much information that it is more easily digested by the paragraph. Self help for Adult Children of Alcoholics. This one keeps the focus on the recovery rather than the symptoms. As relevant as the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. An inspiration for the spiritually hungry. " - L. Carter, Boston
     "The ACA "Big Book" is a must-read for anyone whose life has become unmanageable as the result of living in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional family. Quote from Chapter One, page 4: "It is not uncommon for an adult child to be acting out in one or more addictions or compulsions at the same time. This 'addictiveness' is our nature as adult children." Sound familiar? Chemical dependency, alcoholism, co-dependency, workaholism, compulsive eating, sex addiction, drugs, and many other compulsive behaviors... Reading the new ACA big Book, and attending meetings, will provide many new choices and solutions." - Anonymous, CO
     "Finally the ACA crowd has created the book that no one else would...or could. To say that this book is great and astounding is putting it mildly. Many people in the world of Twelve Step meetings, if and when they read this book, are going to be in for the shock of their lives because they are going to be confronted with truths that many of them are not going to know what to do with. Many others are going to get on their knees and give thanks with tears of joy and say "finally, someone has finally told the truth." -  S. Shuman, MA
    This book explores the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions in greater detail than has ever been in a single text. It has also evolved out of other ACA literature, workbooks, and brings the best ideas to the table concerning recovery. Included in this are new program relative ideas like 'The Laundry List' and 'The Solution' which will be of great interest to many - and much of ACA origin.

     Although A.A. and Alanon Family Groups has differences with some ACA ideology, there can be no denying that this is likely to be as important a piece of literature to the Blue Book and One Day at a Time (ODAAT) in retrospect - as the Koran is to the Torah and the New Testament. Yes I am willing to go out all the way on the limb to say it, just like that....this is a new look at recovery for a new millenium of readers.
     The Twelve Steps and Traditions are once again a work in progress, and of literary prowess.

Other editions :
Adult Children Alcoholic Dysfunctional Families

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