Common Characteristics of Adult Children of Alcoholics

Common Characteristics of Adult Children of Alcoholics

  1. Adult children of alcoholics guess what is normal.
  2. Adult children of alcoholics have difficulty in following a project through from beginning to end.
  3. Adult children of alcoholics lie when it would be just as easy to tell the truth.
  4. Adult children of alcoholics judge themselves without mercy.
  5. Adult children of alcoholics have difficulty having fun.
  6. Adult children of alcoholics take themselves very seriously.
  7. Adult children of alcoholics have difficulty with intimate relationships.
  8. Adult children of alcoholics over-react to changes over which they have no control.
  9. Adult children of alcoholics constantly seek approval and affirmation.
  10. Adult children of alcoholics feel that they are different from other people.
  11. Adult children of alcoholics are either super-responsible or super-irresponsible.
  12. Adult children of alcoholics are extremely loyal, even in the face of evidence that the loyalty is undeserved.
  13. Adult children of alcoholics are impulsive.
  14. Adult children of alcoholics have frequently been abused physically, emotionally, and/or sexually.
  15. Adult children of alcoholics frequently see life through extremes, all good or all bad.
  16. Adult children of alcoholics either procrastinate or are rigidly punctual.
  17. Adult children of alcoholics have trouble managing money.
  18. Adult children of alcoholics are extremely sensitive to criticism.
  19. Adult children of alcoholics have trouble being direct.
  20. Adult children of alcoholics either adapt readily to people, places, and things, or else try to rigidly control them.
  21. Adult children of alcoholics don'­t trust people.
  22. Adult children of alcoholics feel they are not ok.
  23. Adult children of alcoholics have difficulty being assertive.
  24. Adult children of alcoholics often are alcoholic or drug addicted themselves.
  25. Adult children of alcoholics have high rates of physical illness.
  26. Adult children of alcoholics have difficulty experiencing and talking about their feelings, especially anger.
  27. Adult children of alcoholics thrive on crises.
  28. Adult children of alcoholics suffer accumulated pain.
  29. Adult children of alcoholics have difficulty asking for what they need.
  30. Adult children of alcoholics love to help others.
  31. Adult children of alcoholics are living in a wonderful era in which their problems are being understood and help is available in the form of self-help groups, private individual and group therapy, and addiction recovery programs.