Adult Children of Alcoholics - Home life
Many adult children of alcoholics have grown-up dealing with their parents alcoholism. It is wise to study the effects of this lifestyle on children to see how we can repair the damage. An unhappy childhood can create long-lasting effects that carry into adulthood.
Adult Children of Alcoholics – Behavior Issues
The coping behaviors of childhood often carry into the lives of adult children of alcoholics. The family clown may continue to be quite entertaining, but irresponsible. The troublemaker may continue to have legal and financial problems. The passive person may continue to have relationship problems. The super responsible person may grow into an adult, demanding perfection of him or herself and those around them. They may have great difficulty in relating to anything less than perfection. This is the group I fell into. I felt unloved, unlovable, a failure, and incompetent, because I could never measure up to the expectations. Those were unrealistic expectations that I had set for myself and felt that others had set for me. Many adult children of alcoholics experience low self-esteem, a difficult time enjoying life, too serious of an attitude about him or herself, a need to constantly seek the approval of others, and trying to find affirmation that they are okay as a person.
Adult Children of Alcoholics – Finding Help
Learn about alcoholism and its effects on family members.