When looking at most adults, that last thing to cross our mind would be to wonder if they grew up as a child of an addict. Most people don't understand what it is like to grow up with a parent or parents that are addicts. Joni Edelman, a contributor writer for the Huffington Post, says there are things that adult children of an addict want you to know:
- We don't know "normal."
- We are afraid
- We are afraid to have children
- We feel guilty
- We are controlling
- We are perfectionists
- We had no peace in our childhood
- We are in charge of everything--even if we don't want to be (but we always want to be)
- We seek approval
- We live in conflict
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