Treating Adult Children of Alcoholics

A Behavioral Approach


  • Douglas Ruben, Yes-Best Impressions International, Inc., Okemos, Michigan, U.S.A.

Treating Adult Children of Alcoholics showcases the first collection of treatment chapters devoted entirely to a systematic behavioral analysis of drinking and nondrinking offspring of alcoholic families. The author identifies the functional and behavioral characteristics that make up the adult children of alcoholics (ACOA) syndrome. This compendium combines current innovations in behavioral medicine with multi-componential interventions shown effective with the variety of disorders evident in this patient population. This handbook for practitioners is richly laced with case examples and addresses the needs of therapists seeking fast, effective and proven treatments for longstanding clinical symptoms of children of alcoholics.
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Substance abuse counselors, psychiatric social workers and clinical psychologists.


Book information

  • Published: September 2000
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-601130-2

Table of Contents

Foreword.Part I: Assessment of Adult Children of Alcoholics.What is an Adult Children of an Alcoholic (ACOA).Operational Analysis of the ACOA Syndrome.Behavioral Patterns of the ACOA Syndrome.Family Rules and Contingencies.Living with ACOAs: Spousal Reactions.Living with ACOAs: Parent-Child Reactions.Assessment of ACOA Behaviors.Part II: Treatment Methodology for Adult Children of Alcoholics.Basic Components of Short-Term Treatment.Side Effects of Healthy Recovery.General ReferencesIndex.