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Family dysfunction can be any condition that interferes with healthy family functioning.

Most families have some periods of time where functioning is impaired by stressful circumstances- death in the family, a parent's serious illness, etc.

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An adult child of an alcoholic may be anxious, may try to control events and relationships, may have trouble being intimate, may be chronically depressed or have stress-related health problems.Many adult children of alcoholics either become chemically dependent themselves or marry alcoholics.The child who used to adjust to anything may be passive and withdrawn as an adult.And the family clown may grow up to be entertaining, but irresponsible. Look around and you will see others who shared that experience... Other ACA Meetings, ACOA Meetings, Adult Child Of Alcoholic Meetings Find a meeting in your area No ACA meeting near you? Late 1970s- a New Jersey based therapist began working with a group consisting of adults who had been raised in alcoholic homes.

Steps, Readings, Discussion (sharing is optional), Post Meeting Socializing. We meet to share the experiences we had as children growing up in an alcoholic and/or dysfunctional home... They started the first "Children of Alcoholics" meeting.

This ACA/ACOA website is here to serve the needs and facilitate the recovery of adults who were raised in dysfunctional families.

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These defenses keep them from growing beyond their adult child reactions and fulfilling their potential.

Growing up with an alcoholic parent is both a common experience and a unique experience.

The super-responsible child may grow into an adult who demands perfectionism.