Video: Growing Up in a Family That Hurts

If a child is witnessing a lot of chaos or has an addict parent who is wonderful one day and a monster another day, the child is left to make sense of that with the developmental equipment of their particular age. And you can just guess what kind of sense they make of...

Video: Through the Eyes of a Child

Adults, when under the influence of alcohol, don’t always come to think of how scary they might look in the eyes of a child. This video from the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA) depicts the way a child’s observations at home changed...

Perspective: Breaking Out of Denial

by Christopher C. Growing up with an alcoholic in my formative years, I lived on high alert. I describe it as “walking on eggshells.” I had to be ready for anything because life in the family of an alcoholic was so unpredictable. This heightened state became second...

Adult Children of Alcoholics

by Tian Dayton, Ph.D. Those of us who have lived with addiction all too often tend to live in emotional extremes, without what Bill W., the founder of AA, referred to as “emotional sobriety and balance.” These swings in thinking, feeling and behavior have long been...