Maggie grew up with an alcoholic father and a passive mother.
Despite her resolve to never live like her parents, she fell in love and was blind to the early signs of addiction in her husband.
Important elements of effective ACOA treatment and recovery are: Although we cannot change the past or the people we love, healing and recovery are possible with support and guidance.
Experiential therapy with ACOAs has been shown to reduce shame, improve self esteem, and provide tools for healthier relationships.
They may also seek help when they notice a recurring pattern in their relationships.
Most adult children of alcoholics want to forget their past.
Some never speak of it and assume they can move on and let it go forever.
Unfortunately, the shadow of a troubled childhood follows us until we find the courage to face it.
Almost one in five (18%) adults in the US lived with an alcoholic while growing up (commonly referred to as Adult Children of Alcoholics, or ACOA).
Some do not recognize the signs and grow up with invisible scars and deficits, not realizing that they are not alone and that help is available.