Book Reviews

NACoA extends its gratitude to Stephanie Abbott, M.A. for preparing the book reviews found here and in the Book Shelf section of the printed newsletter. We also offer a recommended list of books for children.

Why Do I Keep Doing That? Why Do I Keep Doing That?: Breaking the Negative Patterns in Your Life

Dennis Wholey We have all experienced the urge to repeat what doesn’t work, and as someone has said, it’s the very definition of insanity. Upset about your drinking? Another drink will help you forget the worry. Concerned abou...   Read More >>
Unwelcome Inheritance

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

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...   Read More >>

Understanding Codependency

Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse and Joseph Cruse, M.D. Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse and Joseph Cruse, M.D. have updated and expanded this classic. They begin with a useful description of the evolution of co-alcoholic, and c...   Read More >>

The Truth Begins With You

Claudia Black, Ph.D. A book for people in recovery; whether addiction (their own or someone else’s), or other trauma. “You can’t live your life by walking someone else’s path,” she wisely writes. An inspiring collection ...   Read More >>

The Resilient Woman: Mastering the 7 Steps to Personal Power

Patricia O’Gorman The Resilient Woman is a revised and rewritten update of Dancing Backwards in High Heels. Though women have more options today than when the original book was...   Read More >>

The Object of My Affection is in my Reflection

Rokelle Lerner Rokelle Lerner has a new book: The Object of My Affection is in my Reflection, Coping with Narcissists. Rokelle Lerner writes to give support to those who are in a relationship with someone who is a drama queen, a ...   Read More >>

The ACoA Trauma Syndrome

Tian Dayton, Ph.D. Tian Dayton, Ph.D., is always a good read and her newest, The ACoA Trauma Syndrome, is just as good as her other books. Tian Dayton, Ph.D. is always a good read and her newest, The ACoA Trauma Syndrome,...   Read More >>

Supreme Sacrifice: a Woman’s Journey from the Bondage of Guilt to the Freedom of Forgiveness

Rita Malie Many adult children of alcoholics will identify with the new novel Supreme Sacrifice: a Woman’s Journey from the Bondage of Guilt to the Freedom of Forgiveness. April finds her way to healing from a traumatic childhoo...   Read More >>

Straight Talk from Claudia Black: What Recovering Parents Should Tell Their Kids about Drugs and Alcohol

Claudia Black, Ph.D. There are few families not affected by addiction in some manner and all parents can learn from tips on how to talk to their children about alcohol and drugs. While this book is written primarily for the recov...   Read More >>

Perfect Daughters: Adult Daughters of Alcoholics

Robert J. Ackerman, Ph.D.  Robert J. Ackerman, Ph.D. has revised his Perfect Daughters: Adult Daughters of Alcoholics, and begins with letters written to him after the publication of the first edition.Robert J. Ackerman, Ph.D.has...   Read More >>

Opening Our Hearts, Transforming Losses

Al-Anon Family Groups “What we resist persists.” This new book in Al-Anon literature explores the world of recov¬ering from grief, and the importance of facing and sharing the pain that comes from loss. In the simple, clear l...   Read More >>

Learning to Balance Your Life: 6 Powers to Restore Your Energy and Spirit

Sharon Wegsheider-Cruse Sharon Wegsheider-Cruse offers practical answers for anyone struggling with the all-important issue of maintaining balance in their lives. This book details what people can do to get the most out of their o...   Read More >>

It Takes A Family: A Cooperative Approach to Lasting Sobriety

Debra Jay Debra Jay shows alcoholics, other addicts, and their loved ones how to work collaboratively and as individuals to take on the roles and responsibilities that support long-term sobriety. In It Takes a Family, Debra Jay ...   Read More >>

Healing Trauma Through Self Parenting

Patricia O’Gorman, Ph.D., and Phil Diaz, M.S.W. Patricia O’Gorman, Ph.D., and Phil Diaz, M.S.W., authors of the classic book The 12 Steps to Self-Parenting for Adult Children and its companion workbook, Windows to Your Inn...   Read More >>

Experiencing Spirituality

Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham Ernie Kurtz taught countless addiction professionals at Rutgers Summer School of Alcohol and Drug Studies, as well as being a popular speaker at conferences. His deep understanding of the history...   Read More >>

Discovering Choices

Al-Anon Family Groups Recovery in relationships affected by alcoholism is explored in-depth as members share how they have improved a wide variety of relationships by using the program's tools. This book is available through Al-An...   Read More >>

Coming Clean: A Memoir

Kimberley Rae Miller The topic is hoarding, and the memoir is about her sweet, loving, and bright parents who filled her childhood home with so much trash that they could not use the bathrooms or the kitchen, and shared the house ...   Read More >>

Children of Substance-Abusing Parents: Dynamics and Treatment

Shulamith Lala Ashenberg Straussner PhD CAS and Christine Huff Fewell PhD LCSW CASA  Children of Substance-Abusing Parents: Dynamics and Treatment is a necessary reference for all mental health professionals and students who n...   Read More >>

Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul

By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and others A large change in behavior and attitude is hard work, and requires self assessment that can be very disagreeable and disturbing. While all this is going on we need comfort and hope, ...   Read More >>

Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption

William Cope Moyers and Katherine Ketcham This is a well told story of a descent into hell and the painful and hard crawl out of it. It gives the reader a better understanding of the power of addiction over a truly decent man an...   Read More >>

Becoming a Sage: Discovering Life’s Lessons One Story at a Time

Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse decoded what is actually going on while the family struggles to contain and hide the problems an addicted member causes. To begin to understand is to dissolve the shame and to hav...   Read More >>

Alternative Healing Beyond Recovery for the GENIUS

Jill Raiguel Jill Raiguel is a very experienced therapist with impeccable credentials, and she writes with conviction and heart. Simply put, she explains that adults with traumatic childhoods have missing life skills, and she expl...   Read More >>

Alcohol Problems in Native America: The Untold Story of Resistance and Recovery – The Truth About the Lie

Don L. Coyhis and William L. White “To colonize or exterminate a people, you must first define them as weeds.” What happens to people treated like weeds? Coyhis and White explore in this book hundreds of years of life in what ...   Read More >>

A Pediatrician’s Blueprint: Raising Happy, Healthy, Moral and Successful Children

Donald Ian Macdonald M.D., FAAP NACoA Chairman Emeritus and experienced pediatrician Donald Ian Macdonald, M.D., authored A Pediatrician's Bluepring with the help of experts in various fields and using information gained from many...   Read More >>