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Adult Children of Alcoholic Parents: Twenty Seven Traits

alcoholic parent passed out with empty bottle and child watching

Adult Children of Alcoholic Parents

Twenty Seven Traits

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There are many similar traits between adult children of alcoholic parents and adult children of narcissistic parents. The unpredictable, confusing messages and emotional instability of these disordered parents are equally traumatic to children. Adult children suffering from both may have a harder time with recovery.

Fourteen Characteristics of Adult Children of Alcoholic Parents

  1. We became isolated and afraid of people and authority figures.

  2. We became approval seekers and lost our identity in the process.

  3. We are frightened of angry people and any personal criticism.

  4. We either become alcoholics, marry them or both, or find another compulsive personality such as a workaholic to fulfill our sick abandonment needs.

  5. We live life from the viewpoint of victims and we are attracted by that weakness in our love and friendship relationships.