children of alcoholics

We are going to do something a bit odd for a company that sells books: we’re giving it away.  We’re not only giving this book away, we’re supplying the master file so that you can print as many copies as you’d like…at no charge.

Why?  Well, there’s several reasons.  The first is that it is National Children of Alcoholics week (February 13th – 19th, 2011). 

The second reason is that I’ve always felt that school counselors and other social service providers just don’t have the budget to buy multiple copies of workbooks for the youth that they are serving.  So they either purchase a single copy, read it thru to pick up a few new ideas, or they break copyright laws and reproduce worksheets to help the kids they’re working with.  We’re going to do this a different way: you download the workbook, save the file to your computer, and print up copies of the workbook–as you need them and when you need them, for the students who need them.

The third reason that we’re giving this workbook away is because there are so many kids out there affected by a parent’s drinking or other drug problem and, frankly, not much is being done about it (see my blog entry).  The ironic thing is that the kids do not need us to “fix” it for them–they just need support, good information and assistance in making better choices.  That is something we can easily do and we’re hoping that, if you are given the resources, you’ll lend a hand.  Please.

About the Workbook.  This workbook is for kids and young adults who are struggling with a family members’ alcohol or other drug problem.  The content and strategies are based on 8 years of full-time work with hundreds of kids with this issue.  We worked with them in small groups, we counseled them in individual settings, and we conducted research.  Written in a frank, but upbeat tone, the pages are filled with stories, suggestions and activities designed to increase personal growth, healing and getting on with one’s own life.  This is a perfect resource for school counselors, social workers and anybody who is assisting young people in this situation.  You can give the teen a copy of this workbook and then talk about what they’ve written–or not.

Our Agreement.  You are absolutely welcome to download this book for free.  It will show up as a pdf file on your computer.  Most everybody has a way to read pdf files, such as Adobe Reader (down load here for free, if you don’t.)  Save the file to your hard drive (put it in a place where you can find it when you need it.) and then print out a copy.  As you give copies to students or clients you work with…just keep printing up more copies.  The more copies you print, the better we like it!

All we ask is this: that you do not distribute copies of the file.  Tell your colleagues, by all means, but just direct them to our website.  This way we can keep better track of how many people are using the workbook.  We would also like you to consider making a donation to this project.  The workbook previously sold for $6.95 a copy, $5.00 in large quantities.  You decide what owning the master and having free reprint rights are worth to you in your work.  Use the donation button to make a credit card or PayPal donation and the received funds will help support this project.  But please do not let a lack of funds prevent you from doing good work.  If you need it to be free–then this book is free!

Depending on your computer and software security settings, a bar may appear on the top of your screen when you begin the download.  Click on this bar and select “download file”  If down load begins, you’ll see a screen that asks whether you want to open or save the file.  Select “Open”  if you just want to look at the book; select “Save” if you want to save the book to your computer’s hard drive.  If nothing happens after you click on the bar, then you need to start the book download again and this second time it will happen!  Ahh, computers…aren’t they wonderful?

 Here’s the download {filelink=3}

Thanks so much for donating to this project

3 Responses to children of alcoholics

  1. Freia says:

    Actually hard to find qualified people within this matter, you seem like you are aware of exactly what you are posting about! Bless you

  2. Paul Jepson, CDP, NCAC1 says:

    There are still some of us old Prevention/Intervention Specialists out in the schools that continue to work with COA’s. Keep the faith!

  3. Jon Hutton says:


    You wouldn’t believe (or you probably would) what happened today. Yesterday I was working at the junior high school and I got a referral from the counselor of a student that was feeling alone and struggling in school. He is a dead ringer for Harry Potter. He related this long tale of his father and how he was worried about him, how he was an alcoholic. I was racking my brain to come up with or create a program that would help him understand that he didn’t cause it or create it, as adolescents always seem to do in some way.

    Then today I get your email from Cathy Kelley including a download of your workbook. What a wonderful gift and inspiring thing. I think often of our times at ESD 105 and the great trainings you provided to us. Thanks from West Valley SD.

    Jon Hutton CDS II

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