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Family Issues : Adult Children of Alcoholics

BRADSHAW ON THE FAMILY
John Bradshaw discusses issues relating to families. Tape I - The Family in Crisis Tape II - The Healthy Family Tape III - The Unhealthy Family Tape IV - The Compulsive Family Tape V - The Persecuted Tape VI - The Bad Child Tape VII - Most Common Family Illness Tape VIII - Help for the Family Tape IX - Health for the Family Tape X - Hope for the Family (1986, 60 Min. each tape)
Selected Audience:   Families

BROKEN PROMISES
This video dramatizes three sessions of a children's support group led by two counselors. The issues include a definition of alcoholism and drug addiction, feelings, and coping skills. (1990, 33 Min.)
Selected Audience:   Educators/Counselors/Mental health professionals with groups of children aged 9-14 years of age

FAMILY
Much of the work done in treatment is about breaking through the denial that comes from the guilt, shame, and pain of broken family relationships. Earnie Larsen offers a balance between keeping one's head in treatment and developing the skills to rebuild healthy relationships. (1989, 35 Min.)
Selected Audience:   Recovering families

FAMILY BAGGAGE
This video is a highly acclaimed theatrical production that deals with the issues of addiction, co-dependency, and dysfunctional families in an entertaining, informative, dramatic and humorous way. It exposes these issues and problems to people who might not otherwise be aware of them. Tape 1 (56 Min.), Tape 2 (52 Min.) (1991)
Selected Audience:   General audiences

FAMILY BUSINESS
This video shows how children learn certain behaviors while growing up in a chemically dependent family: denial, distortion of truth, suppression of feelings, depression, people pleasing, and rescuing. Understanding the origins of these behaviors common to adult children can help break the patterns of the past. (1985, 30 Min.)
Selected Audience:   Co-dependents

FAMILY TRAP
A revealing look into the survival roles which are adopted by family members of a dependent person. Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse offers a complete picture of the pressures which contribute to the family illness and how identification, intervention, and counseling can help. (1988, 30 Min.)
Selected Audience:   Adult children of alcoholics/ Treatment centers

FATHER MARTIN - PREVENTION
Father Martin explains the difference between abuse and addiction. By reducing the abuse of alcohol we can reduce alcoholism. Every adult needs to make their own decisions based on their values and their personal experiences. He points out times when it is appropriate to drink and when it is inappropriate. (1972, 31 Min.)
Selected Audience:   Adults

IN THE SHADOWS: CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS
This video uses realistic dramatizations to examine the relationship of an alcoholic and his children. The characters are seen in four vignettes characteristic of the daily conflicts in the life of an alcoholic's family. (1989, 30 Min.)
Selected Audience:   Junior and senior high schools/ PTO/Social service agencies/ Community organizations

IT'S NOT MY PROBLEM
John Bradshaw hosts this video which pierces the denial of the addictive family system and shows the family a way to their own recovery. Through information, stories and interviews of long-term recovering co-dependents, this shows the problems and offers hope. (1987, 32 Min.)
Selected Audience:   Co-dependents/Families

MIRROR OF A CHILD
Adult Children of Alcoholics see how the qualities of their lives are currently being affected by wounds from the past. The need for recovery is illustrated by watching the experience of a young child of an alcoholic. (1989, 19 Min.)
Selected Audience:   Adult children of alcoholics

PIECES OF SILENCE
This is the true story of the Subby family telling the story about how their mother's alcoholism affected their lives. Robert Subby, now an addictions counselor, gives educational information between flashbacks to his family's early years. (1988, 56 Min.)
Selected Audience:   Adult children of alcoholics/ Substance abuse professionals

ROLES
Dr. Claudia Black, Ph.D. lectures on the roles that children growing up in alcoholic homes learn to "survive" and to bring some stability to their lives. The four roles explained are: the placater, the acting out child, the responsible child and the adjuster. (1987, 50 Min.)
Selected Audience:   Adult children of alcoholics

SCULPTURING: AN UPDATE, 1988
People in a chemically dependent family don't trust words. There have been too many games played, too many lies told. In place of words, therapist Sharon Wegscheider uses sculpturing - a technique in which family members are physically placed in positions symbolizing their feelings - demonstrating how chemical dependency fragments and destroys the unity of the family system. (1988, 30 Min.)
Selected Audience:   Family members/Treatment personnel

SECRETS TO SUCCESSFUL RELATIONSHIPS
These videos are designed to help a person through the best possible methods to have a happy and successful relationship. The program covers the basic principles of a relationship and identifies personality traits of people in relationships to better understand yourself and your partner. (1990), Tape 1- Part 1: Anatomy of a relationship, understanding what our relationships are about. (54 Min.) Part 2: Characteristics of people in relationships; boundaries. (48 Min.), Tape 2- Part 3: What makes relationships slip. What makes relationships work. (45 Min.) Part 4: Working on your program. (42 Min.)
Selected Audience:   Couples, especially if recovering

SHAME
Claudia Black provides an understanding as to why they feel as they do, and she offers them a language to use to describe their experiences. Using stores, Claudia explains the difference between guilt, embarrassment and shame. (1989, 30 Min.)
Selected Audience:   Anyone in recovery/Aftercare facilities/Therapists/Relapse programs/Adolescents/Adults

SILENCE CONDONES
Parents may be unaware of the problems/stresses encountered by young people today. In this video, Father Martin instructs parents to: Become educated learn; develop communication family home evenings; practice cooperation - - share ideas. He tells parents to be fair and be fun! (1988, 19 Min.)
Selected Audience:   Parents

UNDERSTANDING MARTIANS AND VENUSIANS
Dr. John Gray, internationally known author and counselor explains the many differences between men and women. (1992, 30 Min.)
Selected Audience:   Adolescent/Adult

WHAT SHOULD I TELL MY CHILD ABOUT DRINKING?
This two part video looks at the need for parents to take responsibility for discussing alcohol with children. Using "teachable moments" to instruct parents about how they can initiate alcohol-related conversations. (1996, 46 Min.)
Selected Audience:   Parents/Caregivers

WHEN YOUR PARENTS DRINK TOO MUCH
This is a series of "family-life" vignettes, juxtaposed with kids discussing problems at a support group meeting. It teaches young adults that their parent's alcoholism is a disease that they cannot cause, control, or cure. (1987, 27 Min.)
Selected Audience:   Young adults