At least 1 in 4 children grow up in alcoholic families. According to the 2000 Census, 72 percent of American homes harbor someone with an addiction. These numbers do not take into account those living with mistreatment, abuse and neglect.
By the time they turn 18, children in these environments have experienced 160,000 hours of living with dysfunction. That's 6,570 days of shame, belittlement, neglect, criticism, manipulation, mental abuse and for many, physical and/or sexual abuse.
Perhaps a good thing to remember if recovery seems slow, is that it took a while to get where we got.
Jim Emshoff, Ph.D., explains how to start breaking the cycle:
Check out the Orange County ACA website at: Orange County Adult Children