Unwelcome Inheritance: Break Your Family's Cycle of Addictive Behaviors by Lisa Sue WoititzUnwelcome Inheritance: Break Your Family's Cycle of Addictive Behaviors by Lisa Sue Woititz

Unwelcome Inheritance: Break Your Family's Cycle of Addictive Behaviors

byLisa Sue Woititz, Dr. Janet G. Woititz

Paperback | April 29, 2015

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Parents affected by addiction can enable their children’s substance abuse and even model addictive behaviors learned from their own parents, passing the cycle on from generation to generation. Learn what you can do to help yourself, your children, and future generations break the cycle of addiction and addictive behaviors.

Parents affected by addiction can enable their children’s substance abuse and even model addictive behaviors learned from their own parents, passing the cycle on from generation to generation. Learn what you can do to help yourself, your children, and future generations break the cycle of addiction and addictive behaviors.Having grown up with a parent in the throes of addiction, or who got physically sober but perhaps not emotionally so, you know the ravages of addiction firsthand. Through counseling, self-help groups, or classic books such as Adult Children of Alcoholics, you may have an understanding of how the patterns and behaviors associated with addiction play out within families, but applying that knowledge to your own approach to relationships and parenting is another story.In Unwelcome Inheritance, Lisa Sue Woititz combines her own insights with the unpublished contributions of her late mother, the early leader in the Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA) movement, Dr.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.
Dr. Janet Woititz was the author of several books, including the seminal Adult Children of Alcoholics , and led the movement that made “adult child” a household name. She passed away in 1994. Lisa Woititz managed Dr. Woititz’s Institute for Counseling and Training for a number of years and has worked in the mental health, substance abu...
Title:Unwelcome Inheritance: Break Your Family's Cycle of Addictive BehaviorsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.35 × 5.35 × 1.1 inPublished:April 29, 2015Publisher:Hazelden PublishingLanguage:English

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"For those in recovery, this is an inspiring first step."
--Library Journal

"...this is a book only Lisa could have written. She was part of the inspiration for the birth of the Adult Children of Alcoholics movement."
--Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight Magazine