Our latest award winner is Dr. Claudia Black, an author, trainer, and social worker. Her work in the field of addiction is world renowned since her very first books. Her books have become a staple in every Chemical Dependency Counselor program. She has founded the ClaudiaBlack Young Adult Center, a network of facilities recognized by the joint commission for treatment of addiction, trauma, and mental health issues.
She has been awarded the Counselor’s Choice Award for her book, now on its third edition: It Will Never Happen to Me: Growing Up with Addiction as Youngsters, Adolescents, and Adults. This book has been instrumental in giving a name to the pattern which adults face after growing up with struggles of addiction or alcoholism in the home, “Adult Children of Alcoholics”. Listen to his interview about it, here.
In an all too familiar scenario, played out in millions of homes every day, children who grow up in addictive families abide by certain rules: don't talk, don't trust, don't feel. The rigid survival roles and youthful coping behaviors they take on, such as the responsible child, the adjuster, the placater, and the acting-out child can eventually contribute to problems of depression, loneliness, and addiction in adulthood.
Using poignant personal stories, thoughtful explanations, and helpful exercises, Black helps readers gain personal insights and develop new skills that lead to a healthier, happier, more fulfilling life.
While continuing to recognize alcohol as the primary addiction within families, this newly revised edition of It Will Never Happen to Me, which has sold more than two million copies, broadens concepts to include addictive disorders involving other drugs, money, food, sex, and work.
Thank you, Dr. Black, for this wonderful book.