Not My Family: Sharing the Truth About Alcoholism

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Grade 5-9 A small but striking collection of brief case studies based on lengthy interviews with children of alcoholics of all ages and backgrounds. Common threads in the poignant stories are feelings of fear, shame, frustration, and low self-esteem that living in the shadow of this disease can produce. Most victims love and want to help the parents who have subjected them to abusive and erratic behavior. Many of the interviewees are described as compulsive achievers who constantly strive in the hope that their own perfection will somehow restore normality to family life. Almost all of them also express a concern for the hereditary aspects of alcoholism. In some of the families the alcoholic parent has recovered and the family unit has remained intact; in other cases irreparable damage has been done. The text is consciousness-raising, low-key, and highly readable. Young readers will find the book interesting and possibly be able to identify with some of the situations. It might provide a way for them to learn that their problems are not unique. The alcoholics' children describe how counseling and support groups such as Al-Anon, Alateen, and ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics) have helped them cope. Addresses and phone numbers are given. Sue A. Norkeliunas, Arlington Senior High School, LaGrangeville, N.Y.
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