Codependendency Begins When a Child Becomes the Parent to a Parent

Emotional Sobriety: Mind, Body, & Soul

6488355543_6318064b0a_z (1)“When the family energy is focused on the problem of the adult rather than on the needs of the children, the results for the children are the state of not knowing they come first, the state of believing that they have to fix the situation, and the state of believing that life is about surviving instead of enjoying and that the meaning of life is to get through the struggle of life.”               Cathleen Brooks

Codependency–the addiction of power–begins in childhood. Over 34 million Americans grow up in an alcoholic home. Add to those the millions who grew up with families dominated by an adult with another addiction: power, control, money, work, sex, food, etc. All addictions do the same to the families of the addict.

The children learn to discount their own feelings; they learn to be the parent to the addict’s child; they learn not to trust; they learn…

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