I am an adult child of an alcoholic (ACOA). I have struggled my entire life feeling worthless and unlovable despite my comparatively good life circumstances. I felt like something was missing, sort of like a puzzle that is almost complete save for one or two pieces. I never felt normal. Some of the traits of ACOAs can also be found in others who were not raised in alcoholic families but other such dysfunctional families.
For many such people, coming to terms with and accepting your past can be extremely difficult and painful. It might make you scream or cry or become irate. Please know that these are all natural emotional reactions to a dysfunctional family, drug-addicted or otherwise.
I am not a psychologist, psychiatrist, or any other certified medical professional. I’m just a woman trying to make my way in the world and coming to terms with my own past so that I might make a better future, as well as to help others see that they are not alone and that there is hope for the future, no matter how dire and dysfunctional things might feel. If you are struggling yourself, please contact me.