CHILDREN COPING WITH ALCOHOLISM – 5

LEARNING TO HAVE FUN

Life in an alcoholic home is often serious and angry.

There is little laughter and children are unable to let go, enjoy themselves, and have fun. Relaxation and spontaneity are difficult when there is so much tension and stress.

In adulthood, ACOAs take themselves and life very seriously.

They may become addicted to work and enter “helping” professions as a way of fulfilling unmet needs and dealing with unresolved issues. ACOAs have trouble “ playing,” separating themselves from their work, and may become candidates for burnout.

Learning how to “play” and have fun is an important skill for adults as well as children. The ACOA should plan enjoyable activities which encourage relaxation and relieve stress.

Developing leisure time away from work is healthy and beneficial in teaching the ACOA to separate from his workplace “role” and responsibilities.

These activities are beneficial in preventing burnout and helping the ACOA identify and define himself in a variety of situations.

This post has 9 parts as follows;

INTRODUCTION

  1. FACING REALITY
  2. COMPLETING PROJECTS
  3. ACHIEVING HONESTY
  4. ACCEPTING ONESELF
  5. LEARNING TO HAVE FUN
  6. DEVELOPING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
  7. DEVELOPING INTERNAL VALIDATION
  8. CONCLUSION


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