Lisa Sue Woititz and Dr. Janet G. Woititz
Let me say here that this is a brave book. Woititz gives us a frank look at her home life growing up with her mother, Janet, who wrote the best seller Adult Children of Alcoholics, which energized generations of adult children into getting help and forming support groups.
The old expression “We teach what we need to learn” applies poignantly to Dr. Woititz who struggled with living with a violent alcoholic husband while raising three children she knew were suffering. She felt no one understood what was happening to her children and she felt she was “screaming very largely on behalf of her own…children.” She went to night classes to earn her master’s degree in counseling and established a private practice in her family room. Her husband would barge into her sessions with her clients, which according to Lisa “made it very hard for her to work.” I can only imagine.
The book combines Lisa’s own insights with her mother’s unpublished writings to demonstrate that addiction is multi-generational. Stories from the ACoA movement provide additional perspectives on what you can and can’t do to help your children and yourself to lead balanced lives.