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Remnants of the Past The Saga Continues Adult Children of Alcoholic/Addicts By: Kim Smithson, CADC Adapted from the work of: Jerry Moe Claudia Black Janet Woititz
WHAT A STICKY MESS! SUSPICIONDISAPPOINTMENT INSECURITYISOLATION GUILTEMBARRASSMENT FEARRESENTMENT
Characteristics of Adult Children of Alcoholic/Addicts 1930’s focus was on the alcoholic 1950’s focus on the spouse of an alcoholic 1970’s focus on the children of the addicted family Certain characteristics were noted in the children who grew up in addicted families.
Guess At What Normal Is There is no frame of reference for what is OK to say and feel. They don’t have the freedom to ask questions. Fantasy is an important survival tool. TV families, normal? Grow up to perpetuate the cycle
Difficulty Following a Project Through From Start to Finish Difficulty deciding on a particular focus for a project. Figuring out all steps required for completion Sifting through pertinent information Just never get around to it Manage time poorly and do not set priorities in a way that works for them.
Lie When It Would Be Just As Easy To Tell The Truth Lying is basic to the family. Denial of unpleasant realities, cover-ups, broken promises and inconsistencies. Lying at times has made like more comfortable.
Judge Themselves Without Mercy Judgement of others is not near as harsh as judgement of self. Take the blame even if not their fault. Convinced they are bad, jinxed or something. Fear failure but sabotage their success
Have Difficulty Having Fun and Take Themselves Very Seriously Life has been very serious often angry business. Much time is just spent surviving. They often feel different and isolate from others. Spontaneity not allowed.
Have Difficulty With Intimate Relationships Again, no frame of reference. Come here – Go Away Feels insecure and has difficulty trusting. Fear of abandonment and of getting hurt. They reject first. Abuse issues will be a large obstacle in relationships. Avoid conflict or aggravate it.
Over-react To Changes Of Which They Have No Control Very resistant to changes, especially quick changes, feels like a loss of control. Have had to feel that they were in control of their environment as they were not in control of the addiction. Trusts only themselves, self- reliant.
Constantly Seek Approval and Affirmation Messages received as a child were very confusing. Creating confusion about self. Experienced “conditional love” Externally focused. Very low self-esteem. Difficulty accepting compliments.
See Themselves As Different From Other People Concerns about home kept one from feeling completely comfortable with others. Comes from a warped sense of reality. Often times isolated due to family circumstance and did not develop appropriate social skills.
Are Extremely Loyal, Even In The Face Of Evidence That Loyalty Is Not Deserved This loyalty is actually fear and insecurity. Spend much time fantasizing how it can be better. To accept destructiveness would suggest it needed change or to be left.
Are Either Super Responsible or Super Irresponsible Either take it all on or Give it all up. There is no middle ground. Easier to do it yourself than to share responsibility. Have difficulty saying no. Don’t know how to be a “part” of a project.
Are Impulsive Lock themselves into a course of action without giving serious consideration. Impulsivity leads to confusion, self-loathing and loss of control of environment. Spend an excessive amount of energy cleaning up messes. Seek instant gratification.
Teach Them the C’s You didn’t Cause it You can’t Cure it You can’t Control it But… You can take better Care of yourself by Communicating your feelings Making healthy Choices and Celebrating yourself.
We Need To Help Them: Find Their Strengths Know What Is Safe / Not Safe By Validating Their Feelings Listening To Them Talk About Their Experiences Provide a Framework In Which They Can Understand Their Experiences Facilitate Them In Problem-Solving Skills Offer Them Connection With Others Encourage and Teach Them Self-Care Skills
QUESTIONS TO ASK Areas Of Focus * Feelings * Solutions * Self-Care * Safe People