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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 and Family Therapist in Agoura Hills, CA. She graduated Phillips Graduate Institute with a Master of Arts in Psychology in 2014 and received her Chemical Dependency Specialty in 2014. Today, she practices Congnitive-behavioral therapy to help individuals, couples, and families identify and overcome a variety of unique challenges.