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Adult Children of Alcoholics / Codependency

Does This Situation Describe Your Concern?

The Center for Work and Family Life is available to help in the following ways:

  • practicing better self-care
  • activating and expanding your support sytem
  • applying and integrating the information found in these book & web resources into your daily living
  • connecting you with providers or community resources that specialize in this topic

Please call CWFL to request personalized assistance on this topic

Our phone is 213-821-0800

Reading List Notations:

Green font indicates books that have been read by Center for Work and Family Life staff.

The Center does not specifically recommend or endorse any particular literature, nor does the absence of books from this list represent a recommendation against such works.

The Center for Work and Family Life would like to thank and give credit to the Stanford University Faculty and Staff Help Center, which was instrumental in helping to assemble this reading list.

Web Resources Notations:

The links listed are being provided as additional resources for you. Most of these are not affiliated with the Center for Work and Family Life.

Neither the Center, nor the University, is responsible for these websites, their content or the referral information they provide. As such, we encourage you to be an educated consumer in using the links to take you to the resources available for that topic.

If you have any questions, comments or find information on this page that is incorrect or no longer current, please contact us at (213) 821-0800 or at

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Reading List

Beattie, Melody (1987). Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself. San Francisco: Hazelden.

Black, Claudia (1981). It Will Never Happen to Me. Denver: M.A.C. Printing & Publishing.

Cermak, Timmen, & J. Rutzky (1994). A Time to Heal Workbook: Stepping-Stones to Recovery for Adult Children of Alcoholics. New York: Putnam.

Mellody, Pia. Facing Codependence (1989). San Francisco: Harper & Row.

Sommers, Suzanne. Keeping Secrets (1988). New York: Warner Brothers.

Note: A first-person account about being an adult child of an alcoholic

Woititz, Janet Geringer. (1983). Adult Children of Alcoholics: Expanded Edition. Deerfield Beach, Fl: Health Communications, Inc.

Woititz, Janet Geringer (1985). Struggle for Intimacy. Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications.

Web Resources

Adult Children of Alcoholics
This is a Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition program of women and men who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes.

Al-anon and Alateen
This organization has been offering hope and help to families and friends of alcoholics. Alateen is part of the Al-anon family but it's focus is on younger members.