Setting Boundaries

For many adult children of alcoholics (ACOAs), learning how to set boundaries can be a tough pill to swallow. From an early age, we weren’t allowed to say no and we weren’t allowed to express emotions as most normal children are able to. The simply act of crying was often harshly punished or mocked to…

On Powerlessness

You are probably aware of Step 1 for Alcoholics Anonymous, an international fellowship of people that helps support people with a drinking problem. Step 1: “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.” For Al-Anon, the international group which is more geared toward helping the families of alcoholics learn…

The Gender of the Alcoholic Parent

I think we can all agree that alcoholism affects families in many different ways, but a study done explains that how exactly it impacts the children of such families might depend not only on the gender of the children but also upon the gender of the alcoholic parent. There are four types of these relationships,…