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Adult Children of Alcoholic Parents: An Evidence-Based Workbook to Heal Your Past
Kara Lissy, LCSW
Rockridge Press | Callisto Media / Softcover / 2021-05-01 / 164876813X
Addictions (Self Help) / Families and Parenting
price: $23.99
156 pages
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Your healing is in your hands with this evidence-based workbook for adult children of alcoholics

As the child of a parent or caregiver with an alcohol use disorder, you may still feel the impact of your experiences. Take the next steps on your healing journey with this workbook full of therapeutic techniques, journal prompts, quizzes, and other short exercises and activities to empower adult children of alcoholics. The self-guided approach allows you to work at your own pace as you examine how your experiences have shaped you, learn coping skills, grow in self-love, and build healthy relationships free from the harmful patterns you’ve experienced.

Supportive exercises—Find exercises for combating negative self-talk, setting boundaries, working through guilt or shame, developing intimacy with yourself and others, and more.
Proven techniques—Rebuild using effective therapeutic methods including cognitive behavioral therapy, assertiveness training, and other empirically supported tools.
Realistic examples—Read stories from other adult children of alcoholics who have had similar experiences to help you remember that it isn’t your fault and you’re not alone.

Discover evidence-based techniques to help you heal in this workbook for adult children of alcoholics.


Adult Children of Alcoholic Parents is a true testament of Kara's passion and commitment to the profession of social work. Each chapter was brilliantly meticulously written, engaging, thought-provoking, diversely inclusive, and provided a therapeutic environment for everyone who reads the workbook. It carefully describes family dynamics, trauma, physical/emotional abuse, coping with depression, anxiety, guilt, shame, loss, lack of control, grief, and how boundaries are important as it relates to interpersonal relationships. The workbook allows for an open forum to understand how the past impacts the present and future perceptions while providing a supportive framework. The author of this workbook so eloquently illustrates it best, ‘Once we learn that we cannot change the events that happened to us, we can change how we show up in the world today and tomorrow.’” —Elba Figueroa, LCSW-R, DSW student at Tulane University

“Kara Lissy, NYC-based licensed clinical social worker and therapist, knocks it out of the park with her debut as an author with Adult Children of Alcoholic Parents. This book tackles the complicated experience of being an adult child of an alcoholic with the kind of compassion and opportunity for reflection that is missing from the literature on this topic. This book fills a big gap in the self-help book section on this subject. I look forward to recommending it as a resource to my clients and friends alike!” —Kerrie Mohr, LCSW, A Good Place Therapy & Consulting

“Growing up with alcoholic parents shapes how you behave, the relationships you get into, and even the jobs you go after. Kara does an excellent job helping you understand why chaos always finds you, how to deal with guilt and shame, and why you struggle to set healthy boundaries. After reading this book, you'll know you're not alone and will have the tools to work through the trauma you've experienced throughout your lifetime.” —Toni Marinucci, MS, RDN, author and TEDx speaker of Once Upon A Diet

About the Author:

Kara Lissy is a licensed clinical social worker and full-time psychotherapist at A Good Place Therapy and Consulting in Manhattan. She provides therapy to adult children of alcoholics, along with other clients struggling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, and relationship stress.

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