Children, Families & Friends
If you are concerned about a friend of family member's use of alcohol and or other drugs, please ask for help.
For stories of recovery from Dartmouth-related people, please see Dartmouth Voices: Stories of Recovery.
When a Man Loves a Woman 
This comedy/drama/romance directed by Luis Mandoki, starring Meg Ryan and Andy Garcia deals with the hardships of an alcoholic family. Ryan plays the role of an alcoholic wife/mother and slowly, through the course of devastating events realizes that she needs help with her addiction. The final straw is when she comes home after work one afternoon so belligerent that she slaps her daughter and falls out of the shower, only to be found by her horrified daughter in a pool of blood and shattered glass. The road to recovery is difficult and rocky for the entire family and the process puts strain on every relationship of Ryan's. However, after her worthwhile journey, she is able to slowly piece her life back together into one that makes her genuinely happy.
This movie allows particular insights into how growing up with an alcoholic parent can severely devastate a child. It is easy to relate to and an enjoyable film on top of that!
[Dartmouth Students can get this at Jones Media Center.]
My Mother's Early Lovers 
This film, produced by Nora Jacobson and starring Sue Ball, Maple, as our narrator, is the procession of a daughter's path to redemption. Coming from a family of alcoholics - her mother, her father, her brother, and herself - she feels an enormous guilt for running away from home as a young girl. The story tells the difficulty she and her brother go through, about her brother trying to gain forgiveness from his father, and her trying accept that her mother's death was not her fault. This film offers a wonderfully honest and down to earth relation to adult children of alcoholics and interesting cinematography. It is well worth seeing!
The Lost Weekend
Days of Wine and Roses
- Adult Children of Alcoholics by Janet Woitiz
- Adult Children of Alcoholics Remember edited by E. Nelson Hayes
- Adult Children of Alcoholics Syndrome by Wayne Kritsberg
- Alateen, Hope for Children of Alcoholics. Published by Al-anon Family Group Headquaters, Inc.
- Alateen - A Day at a Time, published by Al-anon Family Group Headquaters, Inc.
- Healing the Sensitive Heart by Debra Mandel
- Charming Billy. Alice McDermott.
- Change Me Into Zeus's Daughter by Barbara Robinette Moss
- Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul on Tough Stuff (Available at the Dartmouth Center on Addiction, Recovery, and Education)
- Children of the Healer - The Story of Dr. Bob's Kids by Bob Smith and Sue Smith
- Windows [Dartmouth students can find this at the Dartmouth Center on Addiction, Recovery, and Education, 40 North Main Street, Hanover.]
- Coming Home: Adult Children of Alcoholics (The Mending Memories Series) by Peggy King Anderson and Nancy Detterbeck
- Little Miss Perfect- A Recovery Book for Adult Children by Megan LeBoutillier
- Risk and Resilience : Adults Who Were the Children of Problem Drinkers by Richard Velleman and Jim Orford. [Dartmouth students can find this at Baker/Berry library.]
- "My Mother's Unspeakable Illness." Cynthia Gorney.The Boston Globe. Posted with permission. (14K PDF file)
- "What To Say?" Rahn Fleming, D'81. Posted with permission.(41K PDF file)
- "27 Reasons Not to Drink" by Dr. Seddon Savage, Concord Monitor, June 7, 2005, Valley News, June 19, 2005.
- Alcohol and Families
- "A Whole New Life", by Cindy P. The Al-Anon Forum, December 2005. (29.0K DOC file)
- "An Honest Look", by anonymous. The Al-Anon Forum, December 2005. (28.0K DOC file)
- Also see student PowerPoint presentations:
- C's Story (38KB DOC file)
- Long Day's Journey into Night. Eugene O'Neill.