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Adult Children Of Alcoholics Recovery

adult children of alcoholicsYou’re all grown up now, but you can’t seem to shake some of the things you grew up with – more specifically, the effects of alcoholism in the home.

Adult Children Of Alcoholics

As we learn more about the disease of alcoholism, we learn how and why it is considered a family disease; not just genetically, but within the environment it lives – the home. More than just the alcoholic suffers, and it can sometimes go unnoticed for years. If you’re interested, check out this “laundry list” from of behaviors, published by ACA World Services, that you may exhibit as a result of living in an alcoholic home. Don’t get discouraged – there are steps you can take to change unwanted behaviors.

At this point you may have noticed some behaviors or emotions that are blocking you from happiness. It is almost like you are an alcoholic yourself – except maybe you don’t drink – so it’s even more confusing what you should do to recover from these emotional wounds.

It is also not uncommon to become an alcoholic after growing up in a home with one. ACA (Adult Children of Alcoholics) and AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) are amazing programs that can and will help you recover and heal if you are willing to take the steps they suggest.

Whether you are an alcoholic or not does not make it better or worse when dealing with a childhood riddled with alcoholism. Both kinds of people can and do recover and heal, breaking down the barriers that have been holding them back from true joy.

Here are three simple steps to help you finally break free and make the change you so desperately want:

Face It

Attend 12-step meetings like AA (if you are an alcoholic) and ACA so you can gather the tools and support you need to face your past and change your present. In many cases, therapy is an excellent tool to help you change your perspective, develop coping mechanisms, and work through any behaviors or emotions that are either blocking you or sabotaging your life.

Own It

Take responsibility for your own actions and life. Stop blaming others and your past; you do not live there anymore. What happened to you is unfair and wrong, but you cannot give it so much power that you allow it to dictate your entire life. You deserve happiness and joy, but you have to get out of your own way so that real change can happen.

Change It

Allow yourself to recover by changing the behaviors and working on the emotions that bind you. Now that you have faced it and owned your part as an adult, you need to change it. There is no more hiding behind the alcoholic, because that no longer serves you. Now is your time to move forward and live your life happy, joyous, and free. ACA, and therapy if needed, can help you do that.

Adult Children Of Alcoholics Recovery

You are not alone when it comes to dealing with alcoholism and the effects it has on emotions and behaviors. What you may have gone through growing up is not your fault, but what you can do today is in your hands. You can recover, heal, and grow from this. Take the time to seriously look at these suggestions and make the changes in your life today. If you are suffering from alcoholism, we hope you give us a call at 1-800-439-5959. You are not alone and recovery is possible whether you are an adult child of an alcoholic or have become an alcoholic yourself.

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