Addiction doesn’t just affect the person addiction; it affects everyone around them, including family members and loved ones. If you are living with an alcoholic parents, here are a few things you should know.
- It’s not your fault. Children often process negative events by self blaming and this can last throughout adulthood if you don’t let the guilt go. You can’t blame yourself for your parent’s addiction.
- You must set boundaries. Create boundaries, write them down on paper, and put it somewhere visible to always remind you. You should decide how many hours you are willing to sacrifice, what you are prepared to do, what you’re not prepared to do, etc.
- It’s important to love yourself. Give yourself the time that your parent didn’t by listening to yourself, building your identity, doing what you love, finding your voice, and making yourself a priority.
- You should have a support network. Whether it’s friends, family, a therapist, or a support group, it is important to have people around who you can trust and who will be there for you to help you keep moving forward.
- Be sure to have fun. Find things and activities that make you happy and discover your passion.
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