Adult Children Alcoholics   

Adult Children Alcoholics

We have been told that alcoholism is detrimental to one's health. But we seldom hear alcoholism as a classified disease. It corrupts not only the alcoholic's physical condition but also deteriorates his relationship with his family and work. To make matters worse, an alcoholic is an adult whose parent is most likely an alcoholic.

What makes an alcoholic parent?

A parent whose drinking causes neglect on health and social and economic obligations makes an alcoholic. The repercussions on the young child lasts a lifetime. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, children of alcoholics are four times more likely to become alcoholic adults.

To the U.S. alone, 1 in every 5 adults grew up with either one or both parents alcoholic. These adult children of alcoholics (ACoA) from dysfunctional homes have failed at forming friendships in their childhood due to low self-esteem.

Often, they blame themselves for their parents' arguments, which could sometimes lead to domestic violence. An alcoholic's mood swing is confusing for the child. Eventually, he learns to isolate himself to ease his anxieties and fears of emotional outbursts.

A healthy lifestyle is not enough to break these family patterns because addictive personalities primarily have behavioral malfunctions that can be inherited.

Fortunately, adult children of alcoholics can break family patterns by educating themselves, seeking professional   help or joining support groups. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a worldwide organization that offers counseling and seminars to alcoholics and their families. Find out the availability of an AA meeting in your area.


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