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Unwelcome Inheritance (1)

 In Unwelcome Inheritance: Break Your Family’s Cycle of Addictive Behavior, Lisa Sue Woititz combines her own insights with the unpublished contributions of her late mother, the early leader in the adult children of alcoholics (ACOA) movement, Dr. Janet Woititz, uncovering how multiple generations of people affected by addiction continue to enable their children’s substance abuse and how, without realizing it, they continue to model the addictive behaviors learned from their own parents. These ACOA pioneers then bring to light these hidden behavior patterns-including impulsivity, misplaced loyalty, people pleasing, insecure parenting styles, and multiple compulsive and addictive behaviors-so that you can take a clear look at how you got to this point. Additional points of inquiry, illustrated by stories from the trenches of the ACOA Movement, help you explore what you can (and can’t) do to help your children, your children’s children and yourself lead healthy, balanced lives.



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Here in an expanded edition, Dr. Woititz, the mother of the ACOA movement, provides wisdom and information for all Adult Children of dysfunctional families. A Pioneer, Dr. Woititz broke new ground in our understanding what it is to be an Adult Child of an Alcoholic. Here,  she re-examines the movement and its inclusion of Adult Children from various dysfunctional family backgrounds who share the same characteristics. After decades of working with ACoA’s she shares the recovery hints that she has found to work. Adult Children of Alcoholics has wisdom to offer Adult Children of any age from any place.


Struggle For Intimacy : Buy One and Get One As Our Gift To You For Your Loved One. Ships automatically with your order. Love, Dr. Jan and Family

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Dr. Janet Geringer Woititz, known as “The Mother of the ACOA Recovery Movement”, sensitively addresses the barriers of trust and intimacy that children learn in an alcoholic family. She provides suggestions for building loving relationships with friends, partners, and spouses.


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  • Do you feel overwhelmed by your job?
  • Are you so stressed on the job that you can’t sleep? Headaches? Stomach aches?
  • Do you spend much of your time thinking and talking about your job?
  • Do you feel responsible for everything that goes wrong on the job?
  • Are you loyal to your boss and co-workers, even when they don’t deserve it?

Do you work well under pressure but have trouble completing long term projects?

Adult children are among any company’s most productive and valuable emplyees – dedicated, conscientious, capable and eager to please. But, if you are an adult child and answered yes to most of the above questions, you may be suffering from workaholism, burn-out or other work related problems. This book shows you hwhat to look for and how to make your work life more satisfying and effective.

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How to Live with an Alcoholic

Dr. Woititz in her first, break through book addresses the spouses of alcoholics who feel overwhelmed and desperate in their marriages. Her focus is to show that the boundaries of isolationism and depression that living with an alcoholic brings does not necessarily mean one cannot eventually find piece of mind. Whether or not the alcoholic continues drinking.

Marriage on the Rocks can show you the coping skills you deserve to have when Alcoholism impacts your life.

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 Imagine how you would feel if . . .

  • You could stand up for yourself without losing your temper
  • You could make a decision without second guessing yourself
  • You didn’t have that sense of worthlessness every time someone criticized you.
  • you could learn to say NO and stick with it.

In Lifeskills For Adult Children you can learn how to do these things and more. This book is designed specifically for Adult Children and teaches skills to make your complex adult life easier, while improving your sense of self -worth. Examples are provided to help clarify the lessons and exercises are given to help you practice your new skills.

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This book is the companion to Lifeskills for Adult Children. That book taught you about these skills and how to use them most effectively. This new workbook moves you to the action phase with exercises to help you use these skills in your everyday life.