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Child of an alcoholic

Postby BrainStorm » Mon Nov 23, 2015 9:18 pm

My therapist told me today that a lot of my coping problems stem from being the child of an alcoholic and having to take on adult responsibilities as a child. When I was seven, I took care of my four year old brother and got us on the bus to school, prepared meals a child could cook, and paid bills over the phone with my mother's credit card to keep the lights and water on while she lay in bed drinking. I have a lot of problems, but I never thought this would be staying with me into adulthood. I don't know what to do about it. I've learned, from childhood, that if you have a problem you take care of it yourself and don't ask for help. I'm embarassed to ask for help. I don't cope well with stress. I'm uncomfortable around alcohol. I have a terrible relationship with my mother that I don't ever expect to change because she put so much burden on me as a child. I took care of my brother and the adult responsibilities. Will I ever heal from this?
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Re: Child of an alcoholic

Postby Akuma » Mon Nov 23, 2015 9:29 pm

Maybe check out if there are ACOA (adult children of alcoholics) or Al-Anon groups where you live. It might not create quick magical healing but it might be helpful to talk with other people who come from the same background.
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