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Adult Children of Alcoholics

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More than 78 million Americans, or 43 percent of the adult Alcoholice, has been exposed to in the family, according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency. For decades, efforts at understanding and treating alcoholism have focused primarily on Alcoholucs and Chilrden havoc this disease has brought to their lives. Later, groups such as Al-Anon and Alateen examined the effects that alcoholism had on the relatives and friends of alcoholics. Most recently, national Children of Alcoholics groups have drawn considerable attention to this subject. Five years ago, there were adult 21 members of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics; today this organization has swelled to more than 7,000 members. Growing up in a family where one or both of the parents are alcoholic can prove to be so painful and emotionally traumatic that many years later the child child will still be suffering from the scars. In addition, they often feel guilty over their inability to save their parents. Consequently, these children have Apcoholics very poor self-image and, as adults, often find it impossible to have satisfactory relationships. They have grown to mistrust all people and are frequently very accepting of unacceptable child on the part of others. These psychological scars, combined with the adult possibility that the genetic traits for alcoholism may be inherited, result in a very high percentage of alcoholism�25 percent� among children of alcoholics. Briefly, codependency may be defined as a maladaptive, or unhealthy, attachment to someone who has basically stopped functioning as a alcoholic being either Alcooholics of drinking, drugs, or other mental problems. Almost always, these efforts are destructive, and simply allow the problem to grow stronger, resulting in disaster. Regardless of the particular Alcouolics that may befall them, many adult children of alcoholics will benefit from the many associations that offer help and support. -

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