It will Never Happen to Me: Growing up with Addiction as Youngsters, Adolescents, Adults

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First published 20 years ago, It Will Never Happen to Me is the definitive book/workbook for adult children of alcoholics.

With her reassuring and informative approach, Claudia Black expertly identifies common issues faced by children who grew up in alcoholic families-shame, neglect, unreasonable role expectations, and physical abuse. Using narratives and profiles, she describes survival techniques characteristic of children raised in alcoholic families, including the unspoken ...

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Overview


First published 20 years ago, It Will Never Happen to Me is the definitive book/workbook for adult children of alcoholics.

With her reassuring and informative approach, Claudia Black expertly identifies common issues faced by children who grew up in alcoholic families-shame, neglect, unreasonable role expectations, and physical abuse. Using narratives and profiles, she describes survival techniques characteristic of children raised in alcoholic families, including the unspoken laws of don't talk, don't trust, and don't feel. First explaining how such learned responses cause difficulties in adulthood, Black carefully guides readers in identifying self-defeating, destructive behaviors and finding a healthier, happier way to live.

Key features and benefits a proven seller by a respected recovery author contains easy-to-follow, useful exercises can be used by individuals or in a therapeutic setting

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568387987
  • Publisher: Hazelden Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 331,708
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Claudia A. Black, M.S.W., Ph.D., is a renowned lecturer, author and trainer internationally recognized for both her pioneering and contemporary work with family systems and addictive disorders. Dr. Black's work encompasses the interest of both the professional and lay audiences; she originated a successful model of change in the 1970's that, today, is used in treatment programs worldwide. She designs and presents workshops and seminars, authors books and interactive journals, produces educational videos and consults to various healthcare programs in the United States and abroad. She is currently the Clinical Consultant of Addictive Disorders for The Meadows and a Senior Fellow for the Meadows Institute in Wickenburg, Arizona.Dr. Black is the recipient of a number of National awards including the Marty Mann Award, the 1991 SECAD Award, and the NCA's Educator of the Year. She is also the past Chairperson of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, presently serving on their Advisory Board and most recently, in celebration of Al-Anon's 50thanniversary, spoke on Capital Hill to members of Congress, constituents and representatives of various addiction and treatment organization.Black's books generate wide appeal. She is the author of It Will Never Happen To Me (two million copies sold and now in it's 2nd updated edition,) Changing Course, My Dad Loves Me, My Dad Has A Disease, Repeat After Me II, It's Never Too Late To Have A Happy Childhood, The Anger Guide, Relapse Toolkit and her latest release, A Hole in the Sidewalk. Claudia has produced eighteen videos including her two latest, The History of Addiction and The Legacy of Addiction and jut released two new CDs, A Time for Healing from Abandonment and Shame and Putting the Past Behind.
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  • Posted August 25, 2010

    Still One of the Best Portals into the ACA Universe

    =IWNH2M= may be a bit long in the tooth by modern standards of professional practice because so much has been discovered since it published almost 30 years ago. But it remains -- along with Wotitiz's =Adult Children of Alcoholics= of the same era -- one of the two most effective portals for the family member of the substance abuser.

    Black's insights about family roles and the character of the adult child stood up for most of two decades, and even now they are only marginally off the mark compared to the mountains of new research on "insecure," "ambivalent" and "preoccupied" attachment dynamics in dysfunctional families. That Black was asked to provide the introduction to the "big red book" by the international service conference for the rapidly growing 12 Step fellowship of Adult Children of Alcoholics / Dysfuncytional Families is no surprise.

    Published in 2007, the "big red book" is =IWNH2M= on steroids, and people are buying it willy nilly and giving copies of it other family members. In my view as a specialist in adults abused a children, that may be too big a pill to swallow for those who aren't ready for it. =IWNH2M= and/or =ACOA= may be much better choices, and thus, much as is the case with Wilson's =Alcoholics Anonymous=, continuing to serve valuable functions in recovery decades after their publication.

    The family therapist who tackles an =alcoholic= family seems well-advised to read all three.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2011

    a must read

    This book was and still is the best book I ever got. I come from long line of alcoholics. From Aunts and unkles to my mom now brothers and a sister.. This book helped me understand and I really feel saved me from having this in my life more. It showed me things that no one could before. I have spent hours in thyrapy and with pastors for help. As far back as I can remember I was cring for help. I found it here wtitten in away that could be understood. You feel so alone when you come from a family like this. I am going to send it to my nieces and nephews its the best help I can give to them. I have to help them I know how they feel and are living.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2003

    Great follow up on the ACoA subject

    All ACoA people should read Claudia Black's books when starting on the road to understanding.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2003

    The undisputed ACoA primer

    This book is as true today as when it was first published. Many people do not understand and are not aware of the pain and suffering of the children of alcoholics. Especially the children themselves. It was the first book I read on the subject that put the whole ACoA syndrone into a comprehensive outline for diagnosis and treatment. A great book for children of alcoholics that has helped me tremendously and put me on the road to recovery.

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