Addiction can damage or destroy more than just the addicted. Growing up in a household with a parent addicted to alcohol or drugs requires children to invent coping skills to make sense of the shape-shifting emotional terrain of their chaotic household.
Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOAs) often develop issues directly related to their past experience and carry into their current lives feelings and behaviors that sabotage a healthy and productive adulthood.
Sarah Smith-Putman, a licensed addiction counselor and partner at Chester River Behavioral Health and Wellness in Chestertown, discusses some of the traits ACOAs often display in their adulthood and how identifying them through counseling and support groups can offer a road to recovery.
Chester River Behavioral Health and Wellness
952 Washington Avenue