Are You an Adult Child of Dysfunction? 1

Janet Woititz is a pioneer in the field of helping Adult Children of Alcoholics live healthy lives. Her books were originally written with only children of alcoholics in mind, but has now expanded to include any type of dysfunctional setting. If you did not grow up with alcoholism but lived, for example, with other compulsive behaviors such as gambling, drug use, or overeating, or you experienced chronic illness or profound religious attitudes, or you were adopted, lived in foster care or another potentially dysfunctional systems, you may find that you identify with the characteristics we are talking about this week. Much of what Woititz found to be true for adult children of alcoholics is also true for countless others. Understanding this can help you feel less alone and empower you to conquer the dysfunction, rather than live in it as a curse. This week Imagine Hope is sharing traits of an Adult Child of an Alcoholic by Janet Woititz. If you relate to any of these characteristics, you may need to do some healing from the dysfunctional environment from your past.

  • Adult children of alcoholics guess what normal behavior is. They feel unsure about what they "should" do in basis life situations.
  • Adult children of alcoholics have difficulty following a project through from beginning to end. They tend to lack motivation and follow through. Failure then becomes inevitable.
  • Adult children of alcoholics lie when it would be just as easy to tell the truth. Hiding and keeping secrets are a common coping mechanism that become normal, they don't always do it intentionally.

Remember these traits apply to many other types of dysfunction than just alcoholism. Keep reading this week for more traits and resources!

Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW

Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling.  Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.