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Old 02-17-2013, 11:27 PM   #1
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Anyone else...???

I was wondering if there are other adult children of alcoholics and abuse survivors here? I spent years in therapy coming to terms with what happened. Does anyone know if there are any writings which speak on this issue? Or statements from the Universal House of Justice...? If there are some of you here , how do you deal with this issue...? Thanks...

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Old 02-18-2013, 06:34 AM   #2
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Hi Servant!

Although this subject interests me, and I feel I've had a couple of issues related to it, I really haven't done much at all in terms of things like 'therapy', group or individual, for one reason or another.

There may be statements by the House of Justice, but they do not come to mind at this time; However I thought I'd write and tell you of a few resources that may help.

A few books written by baha'is on the subject of abuse:

High Desert by Kim Douglas.
High Desert: A Journey of Survival and Hope: Kim Douglas: 9781931847599: Amazon.com: Books

Assisting the Traumatized Soul, by Phyllis K. Peterson
Amazon.com: Assisting the Traumatized Soul: Healing the Wounded Talisman (9780877432746): Phyllis Peterson: Books

Healing the Wounded Soul, by same author above.
Healing the Wounded Soul: Phyllis K. Peterson: 9781931847254: Amazon.com: Books

It's Not Your Fault, by Patricia Romano McGraw
It's Not Your Fault: How Healing Relationships Change Your Brain and Can Help You Overcome a Painful Past: Patricia Romano McGraw: 9781931847117: Amazon.com: Books

Actually I haven't read these, but reviews I have read look positive!


One member of this group in the past talked about a group called 'Baha'is in Recovery' which would tackle these kinds of issues, but they may not be active now. Does anyone know??

Also, there is a network called BNASSA, - The Baha'i Network on
Aids, Sexuality, Addictions and Abuse.

BNASAA - Bahá?í Network on AIDS, Sexuality, Addictions and Abuse

Forgive me, I really don't know if something like this network would be helpful, I am simply trying to come up with some resources. I believe the Network holds a few Conferences at various retreats in North America during the year.

I hope some of this helps..
 
Old 02-18-2013, 10:39 AM   #3
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I was wondering if there are other adult children of alcoholics and abuse survivors here? I spent years in therapy coming to terms with what happened. Does anyone know if there are any writings which speak on this issue? Or statements from the Universal House of Justice...? If there are some of you here , how do you deal with this issue...? Thanks...

Allah'U'Abha!

Yes, I am an adult child of an alcoholic. The Universal House of Justice has written letters on domestic abuse.

Childhood Abuse, Ritual
Childhood Trauma, Recovering from
Childhood Abuse, and Revoking Parent's Right of Marriage Consent
Violence Against Women and Children

You also might find this compilation helpful:
Psychology and Knowledge of Self

Also, we have these guidelines as to how Assemblies should handle cases of domestic violence:
Guidelines for Spiritual Assemblies on Domestic Violence
 
Old 02-18-2013, 10:50 AM   #4
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I was wondering if there are other adult children of alcoholics and abuse survivors here? I spent years in therapy coming to terms with what happened. Does anyone know if there are any writings which speak on this issue? Or statements from the Universal House of Justice...? If there are some of you here , how do you deal with this issue...? Thanks...

Allah'U'Abha!

Yes, I am an adult child of an alcoholic. The Universal House of Justice has written letters on domestic abuse.

Childhood Abuse, Ritual
Childhood Trauma, Recovering from
Childhood Abuse, and Revoking Parent's Right of Marriage Consent
Violence Against Women and Children

You also might find this compilation helpful:
Psychology and Knowledge of Self

Also, we have these guidelines as to how Assemblies should handle cases of domestic violence:
Guidelines for Spiritual Assemblies on Domestic Violence
 
Old 02-18-2013, 11:15 AM   #5
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Susan,

Those links were great, thanks for sharing them.
 
Old 02-18-2013, 08:40 PM   #6
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Thank you all! Great responses! Allah'u'Abha...
 
Old 10-21-2014, 09:41 AM   #7
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And yes, servant, I too am an ACOA and survivor of abuse from a cousin. The best help I found was going to the group meetings of ACOA. Its amazing the insight you get into yourself and your patterns of behavior. I went to some counseling also, but it was the community of us survivors that was the most helpful. I think it ultimately is up to us....Do we want our past to define our future, or do we want to realize our past, like everyone else's past, has forged us into who we are today and move on with the life God wants us to live.

Blessings to you brother!
Warm regards,
Becky
 
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