Unspoken Legacy: Addressing the Impact of Trauma and Addiction within the Family
Acute trauma and addictive disorders are often a result of psychological injuries experienced as a child, while typically producing long-term and harmful generational consequences on loved ones and other family members. Claudia Black presents a portrait of a broken family system, exploring how addiction and trauma develop in families, their damaging repetition, and offers a roadmap for healing. This book comprehensively addresses the many components of traumatism, as well as addiction-related trauma. Vignettes highlighting the various causes of trauma presented in the book help readers understand the physiology and psychology of trauma and its negative effects. Includes healing, proactive steps readers can apply to better understand their current circumstances and build healthier relationships both in and outside of the family.
“In this brilliant work, Dr. Claudia Black illuminates the connection between trauma and addiction, the toxic cycle of shame and fear that results, and how this can get passed intergenerationally. Most importantly, she provides a blueprint and road map for help, hope, and healing.”
Jerry Moe, MA, National Director Children’s Program Betty Ford Center
“One more time Dr. Claudia Black has written a book that is pivotal to helping people understand their history and move forward in their lives. Her gentle voice of experience and compassion offers a multitude of solutions for the problems that affect all those with addiction and trauma. Everyone from the professional to the student to those personally affected must read this book.”
Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM, Chief Medical Officer Las Vegas Recovery Center
“Claudia Black has written an excellent and accessible book for anyone who wants to understand more about what trauma is and how it may have impacted their lives. Unspoken Legacy is user friendly and easy to follow as it traces the underlying intersecting ways in which trauma can manifest. Through case examples that ring only too true, Dr. Black brings to life the myriad things we tell ourselves to either stay in denial or to express the relief that comes when light finally dawns. She elucidates both the path of illness and that of recovery; this is a book that will help many people.”
Tian Dayton Ph.D. Author of The ACoA Trauma Syndrome and Emotional Sobriety