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Growing Up in an Alcoholic Family
According to a January 2000 research report from the NIAAA, one in every four college students grew up with with a parent who abused alcohol or other drugs. That's millions of students across the country, and without a doubt some of them go to college with you.
If you grew up with parental substance abuse, the fact that you are attending college is an excellent sign that you already have many of the skills you need to succeed. Your job now is to build on these skills and reach out for support. Here are some groups that can help you find more information.
Al-Anon Family Groups
American Council for Drug Education
Children of Alcoholics Foundation
National Association for Children of Alcoholics
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
Nar-Anon Family Groups
Rational Recovery Systems
National Association for Native American Children of Alcoholics
National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
Some interesting books:
Brown, Stephanie. Safe Passage: Recovery for Adult Children of Alcoholics. John Wiley and Sons, New York, NY, 1992.
Deutsch, Charles.Broken Bottles, Broken Dreams. Teachers College Press, New York, NY, 1982.
Gravitz, Herbert and Julie Bowden. Recovery: A Guide for Adult Children of Alcoholics. Fireside/Learning Publications, New York, NY, 1987.
Mooney, A.J., A. Eisenberg and H. Eisenberg. The Recovery Book. Workman Publishing, New York, NY, 1992.
Seixas, Judith and Geraldine Youcha. Children of Alcoholics: A Survivor's Manual. Crown Publishers, New York, NY, 1985.
Wegscheider, Sharon. Another Chance: Hope and Health for the Alcoholic Family. Science and Behavior Books, Palo Alto, CA, 1989.
Woititz, Janet. Adult Children of Alcoholics(rev. ed.) Health Communications, Inc., Deerfield Beach, FL, 1990.
Wolin, Steven and Sybil Wolin. The Resilient Self: How Survivors of Troubled Families Rise Above Adversity. Villard Books, New York, NY, 1993.