Children of alcoholics often reach adulthood with a variety of emotional, psychological, and social problems as a result of coping with an alcoholic parent and a dysfunctional family. Janet Woititz has called this group “adult children of alcoholics” (ACOAs), meaning adults raised in alcoholic homes. According to Woititz, ACOAs share common characteristics.
These characteristics are often shared by anyone growing up in a dysfunctional family, not only an alcoholic one. Addiction of any kind causes the family to behave in abnormal, dysfunctional ways in order to cope.
The common characteristics of ACOAs evolve from the survival tactics spouses and children in alcoholic families used to handle situations over which they had no control. Family members often went to great lengths to hide the problems associated with alcoholism out of fear, shame, embarrassment and a feeling of somehow being responsible. They may have denied the addiction entirely. As the children of alcoholic families reached adulthood, the characteristic responses no longer proved useful and were detrimental in achieving a healthy lifestyle.
This post has 9 parts as follows;
- FACING REALITY
- COMPLETING PROJECTS
- ACHIEVING HONESTY
- ACCEPTING ONESELF
- LEARNING TO HAVE FUN
- DEVELOPING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
- DEVELOPING INTERNAL VALIDATION
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