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
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.
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.