Dear Friends and Colleagues….. It has long been a desire of mine to create a workbook for Adult Children of Alcoholics… an ACoA myself…. I know that it takes a village and a lifetime to figure out the strange legacy of loving someone who moves in and out of reality….and takes the family with them to varying degrees. This workbook is about climbing out of that legacy. It’s about understanding both the cost and the rather unusual and sometimes zany gifts of living in a world that challenges one’s sense of “normal”. Anyone who has grown up with adverse childhood experiences, codependency or relational trauma can find themselves in the pages of this book. This information and the exercises and processes here, are for you. I had a wonderful time putting this together, I tried to make it as welcoming and user-friendly as possible. I hope that you’ll have an equally good time using it…”come on in, the water’s fine….”


“Dr. Tian Dayton has picked up where Janet Woititz left off in her seminal book Adult Children of Alcoholics, the book that literally began the ACoA movement…

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Adult Children of Alcoholics

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this article is excerpted from Adult Children of Alcoholics Workbook: For Children of Addiction, Dysfunction and Adverse Childhood Experiences It is impossible to explain to someone who has not bee...
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The Hidden Pain of the Addicted Family

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Posted: September 21, 2010
Part of “Recovery Month” Series In the 1960s, when my Dad got treatment, we all thought that once the alcoholic got sober, the rest of us in the family would sort of get better automatically. Normalcy would...
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My Mental Health: An Affirmation

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Posted: October 6, 2020
“I have always believed, and I still believe that whatever good fortune or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something else.” -Hermann Hesse Jus...
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