"Adult Children of Alcoholics was originally written with only children of alcoholics in mind. Since its first publication, we have learned that the material discusses applies to other types of dysfunctional families as well. If you did not grow up with alcoholism but lived, for example, with other compulsive behaviors such as gambling, drug abuse or overeating, or you experienced chronic illness or profound religious attitudes, or you were adopted, lived in foster care or another potentially dysfunctional systems, you may find that you identify with the characteristics described here. It appears that much of what is true for the children of alcoholics is also true for others and that this understanding can help reduce the isolation of countless persons who also thought they were "different" because of their life experience."
Janet G. Woititz, Ed.D
Excerpt from, 'Adult Children of Alcoholics - The Expanded Edition'
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Woititz, Janet Geringer. "13 Characteristics." Adult Children of Alcoholics. Pompano Beach, FL: Health Communications, 1983. N. pag. Print
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