Alcohol/Substance Abuse/Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOAs)

Black, C. (1981). “It Will Never Happen to Me!” Describes roles played by ACOAs, common
feelings, and impact on the adult child. Includes screening tests for both ACOA and alcoholism.

Children of Alcoholics Foundation (1997). Options for Mastering the Challenges of College Life: A Handbook for Students with a History of Family Alcohol or Substance Abuse. This book is geared towards college students with substance abuse in their families; it addresses decision making about alcohol/drug use as well as more general college adjustment issues.

Friends in Recovery (1987, 1989). The 12 Steps for Adult Children (Revised Edition). Applies AA’s 12 steps to addictive/dysfunctional families; reviews common feelings and behaviors of adult children.

Gravitz, H. L., & Bowden, J. D. (1985). Recovery: A Guide for Adult Children of Alcoholics. A
question and answer guide covering issues such as the roots of alcoholism, characteristics of survivors, and steps towards transformation.

Knapp, C. (1996). Drinking: A Love Story. Memoir which describes a woman’s 20 years as an
alcoholic. The book chronicles from when she first started drinking at age 14 through her years at an Ivy League university to her eventual job as an editor and columnist.
Sales, P (2002). Alcohol Abuse: Straight Talk, Straight Answers. Using a question and answer format, discusses issues such as the signs of alcoholism, physical effects of drinking, and available treatment.

Smith, A. W. (1988). Grandchildren of Alcoholics. Multi-generational view of how alcoholism affects the family. Discusses common characteristics of grandchildren of alcoholics, treatment options, and steps towards recovery. (

Woititz, J. G. (1983). Adult Children of Alcoholics. Discusses commonalties among Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOAs) and offers suggestions for breaking the cycle. (2)
Woititz, J. G. (1985). Struggle for Intimacy. Discusses relationship problems common both to children of alcoholics and to children from other types of dysfunctional families. Topics include choice of partner, components of a healthy relationship, and fears and emotions associated with ACOAs.