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Children of Alcoholics

Alcoholism is a major problem among adults in the United States. With the amount of adults that have an alcohol addiction, many children in the United States have parents who are alcoholics. Having a parent or parents that are alcoholics can be an extremely difficult situation for a child. Mark S. Gold, MD, a contributor writer for Psych Central says. "Five years ago, there were only 21 members of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics; today this organization has swelled to more than 7,000 members." When a child has one or both parents that are alcoholics, the child can end up being the one who is responsible for running the family, and they may constantly live in fear for their parents. Children who live with alcoholic parents may end up with psychological scars which can then lead the child into alcoholism. 

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Chris Massman is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Chris' training includes Family Systems Theory along with numerous other theories. She believes therapy is an art and chooses the theory she feels will most benefit the individual sitting in front of her. Her specialty lies is in the field of Chemical Dependency and Addictions. Chris is currently seeing individuals, couples and families. Chris is a Clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as well as the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Chris has two locations including Tarzana and Agoura Hills, CA.