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10 Things the Adult Child of an Addict Wants You to Know

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:

  1. We don't know "normal." 
  2. We are afraid
  3. We are afraid to have children 
  4. We feel guilty 
  5. We are controlling 
  6. We are perfectionists 
  7. We had no peace in our childhood 
  8. We are in charge of everything--even if we don't want to be (but we always want to be) 
  9. We seek approval 
  10. We live in conflict

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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.