I have a right to all those good times that I have longed for all these years and didn't get.
I have a right to joy in this life, right here, right now- not just a momentary rush of euphoria, but something more substantive.
I have a right to relax and have fun in a non-alcoholic and non-destructive way.
I have the right to actively pursue people, places, and situations that will help me in achieving a good life.
I have a right to say no whenever I feel something is not safe or I am not ready.
I have a right to not participate in either the active or passive "crazy-making" behavior of parents, siblings, or others.
I have a right to take calculated risks and to experiment with new strategies.
I have a right to change my tune, my strategy, and my funny equations.
I have a right to "mess up", to make mistakes, to "blow it", to disappoint myself, and to fall short of the mark.
I have a right to leave the company of people who deliberately or inadvertently put me down, lay a guilt trip on me, manipulate or humiliate me, including my alcoholic parent, my nonalcoholic parent, or any other member of my family.
I have a right to put an end to conversations with people who make me feel put down and humiliated.
I have a right to all my feelings.
I have a right to trust my feelings, my judgment, my hunches, my intuition.
I have a right to develop myself as a whole person, emotionally, spiritually, mentally, physically, sexually, and psychologically.
I have a right to express my feelings in a non-destructive way and at a safe time and place.
Check out the Orange County ACA website at: Orange County Adult Children