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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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