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NCJ Number: 118345 Find in a Library
Title: Life Worth Waiting For!
Author(s): D L Wolter
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 243
Sponsoring Agency: Compcare Publishers
Minneapolis, MN 55441
Publication Number: ISBN 0-89638-150-1
Sale Source: Compcare Publishers
2415 Annapolis Lane
Minneapolis, MN 55441
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This collection of the author's thoughts, memories, and insights about being the child of alcoholic and psychologically abusive parents and his struggle to overcome these handicaps as an adult demonstrates how he addressed the childhood handicaps and has begun to reconstruct himself according to his measure of the self he wants to be.
Abstract: Anecdotes and memories of the author's childhood portray a child attempting to cope with the erratic, self-centered, abusive behaviors of his parents. The profiled child became mistrustful of others, socially isolated, deprived of emotional intimacy, and critical of self as the reason for the abusive parental treatment. The author describes how these childhood deficits transferred to adulthood as he became addicted to alcohol, drugs, tobacco, and sugar. His social handicaps were manifested in an inability to express and experience intimacy. After a failed marriage, he assumed joint custody of his daughter. Desiring to change himself, he joined some self-help groups, entered therapy and began to keep a diary. Overall, he gained insight into how his behaviors and attitudes had been formed by his childhood experiences and began to use resources to reform his behavior and attitudes based in a commitment to love himself and to give the kind of parenting he wished he had received.
Main Term(s): Alcoholism treatment programs
Index Term(s): Alcoholics; Child emotional abuse and neglect
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