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Adult Children of Alcoholics and Interpersonal Relationships

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Adults that grew up living in the home of an alcoholic ( or drug addict) parent tend to have some problems with interpersonal relationships.

As a child their world was unpredictable, unstable and unsafe.

Children need to feel that they can count on their parents to care for them and to love them. Adult children of alcoholics did not have this type of experience.

There are stages of development that require proper nurturing , support and guidance.

Children in alcoholic households do not properly progress through these stages, particularly in regards to social interaction. They did not develop a sense of self and sense of self-esteem, like other children do.

Other children were growing up in families which defined clear roles of each family member. Each member had a place and a value in the family. The roles and responsibilities of the children are appropriate. The family works together as…

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