One day, Dot was contemplating her life with an alcoholic father, husband, and son. Someone commented on the food she was eating and her ongoing problem with an ulcer. She responded, “It’s not what I’m eating . . . it’s what’s eating me!” Len Dippold (Dot’s son) and his faithful wife, Daffy, discuss the healing needed not only for the addicted but also the loved ones of the addicted. Using plenty of wisdom, humor, and personal stories, they show how programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon have helped them in the process of overcoming this family disease. This book is sure to spark insights on how you too can overcome your challenges and addictions.
It has been a great project. To break up the seriousness of the subject, the Dippolds added a quotation of wisdom at the beginning of each chapter and a joke at the end of each chapter. Even though I don't have an alcoholic addiction myself or in my immediate family, there are certain chapters in this book that I particularly appreciated and made me want to be a better person. I don't consider this a self-help book; I consider it a recognition that you CAN'T do it all by yourself, that you need a Higher Power and your family and friends to both face your problems and conquer them.