Growing up in a family with an alcoholic parent has definite impact on the developing children. There are rigid rules and roles, usually unspoken, that govern the family dynamics. In particular denial of emotions and repression of stress, along with codependency patterns, shape and distort the well being of each family member, as well as the alcoholic. These factors contribute to a syndrome in the now grown adult children that impares psychological well being, mood, self esteem, secure relationships, and leaves a proneness to addiction. I have worked with many adults with this background and helped them evolve a more secure and healthy state of being.
Did you grow up with one or both parents addicted to alcohol? Even if your parent(s) stopped drinking there may be lasting effects that you suffer from now. I am experienced with guiding the therapy process to assist with the recovery of emotional awareness, relationship security, and self esteem.
“How do I know if this applies to me? I want to live in the present not in the past.” The facts are that you may be reliving the past in the present due to unrecognized emotional and behavioral patterns that limit your success in the current time. I would be glad to help you reflect and review the patterns that may be limiting your potential.
Please call today if you are a person with this background and are interested in feeling better.
Karen Hansen, LICSW