Are you an adult whose parent's alcohol abuse severely disrupted your life?
Do you find yourself emotionally influenced by their behaviour in a way that still affects you as an adult?
If so, did you know that there is FREE support out there in the form of the 12-step group Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA)?
The term “adult child” is used to describe adults who grew up in alcoholic or dysfunctional homes and who show certain traits that reveal past abuse or neglect.
The groups are international and many are held online, made up of members who share their experiences.
Recently Sara-Jayne King caught up with member Liz, who has been in the programme for 7 years explains how ACA has helped her.
My therapist told me I had every symptom of an adult child of an alcoholic and I thought, 'oh my gosh, I've finally found what is wrong with me and how I can be fixed'.— Liz, member of Adult Children of Alcoholics
According to the group's official literature, ACA members have 'the trademark presence of abuse, shame, and abandonment found in alcoholic homes.'
For Liz, the alcoholic in her life was her father.
Life with my father was very unpredictable...when my father would drink heavily he would become very violent, he would be physically abusive to my mother.— Liz, member of Adult Children of Alcoholics
So how does Liz feel ACA has helped her?
I have found a home with ACA. It has changed my life for the better. The group offers me the 12 steps, a better way to see things. I've learnt self-care, self-love and how to re-parent myself.— Liz, member of Adult Children of Alcoholics
Listen to the full interview here:
To find your nearest ACA meeting got to adultchildren.org