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Adult Child of Addicts: Taking a Road Different from Your Parents


Adult Child of Addicts: Taking a Road Different from Your Parents


According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency, more than 78 million Americans, or 43 percent of the adult population has an alcoholism problem in the family. The same agency reveals that over 28 million American children have at least one parent addicted to drugs or alcohol. For these children, life is a nightmare that they want to wake up from to rid themselves of anger, confusion, fear, and resentment.

The situation gets more complicated by the fact that parents provide a model for children to follow thus they stand a higher risk of becoming drug dependents or alcoholics based on their genetics and upbringing.


An Adult Child of Addicted Parents

Growing up in a family where one or both of your parents are addicted to either drugs or alcohol can be painful and emotionally traumatic. You can suffer from psychological scars many years later as an adult. While you were young, you felt responsible for taking care of your parents while at the same time you lived in fear and guilt for failing to stop them. You’re most likely to have a very poor self-image and tend to mistrust most people.

As an adult child of addicted parents, you’re probably hurt, feeling like they chose drugs or alcohol over you. Understanding the nature of your parents’ addiction and being able to live with their addictive behavior may come with the understanding of three main facts: you’re not the cause of your parents’ addiction; you cannot control their behavior if they refuse to stop; and you can’t cure their drug or alcohol problem. Being able to move on, even acknowledging these facts, often proves to be difficult.


Addiction in the Family Stops with You

When alcoholism and drug addiction prevail in families, many children, as they grow into adulthood, find themselves in the same situation with alcohol and drugs. Unlikely as it may seem, however, shaping a promising future and leading a different path can be possible even if you’re a child of addicts and alcoholics. Your knowledge and exposure to addiction can be the very tool to use in preventing yourself from falling victim to the same habits. It may be difficult to do this on your own.

Help is available from the experts. Count on Carolina Counseling Services in Fuquay-Varina to provide the assistance you need. We have caring therapists and a safe environment to facilitate your recovery from the trauma of addiction in the family. Our licensed, contracted counselors, therapists and Psychologists can help provide healing for your emotional wounds.

Call now to request an appointment. Let a contracted therapist of Carolina Counseling Services in Fuquay-Varina show you the way to a happier and healthier course entirely different from your parents’.

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Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services – Fuquay-Varina, NC

Counties: Wake County NC

Cities: Fuquay-Varina NC, Holly Springs NC, Angier NC, Duncan NC, Chalybeate Springs NC, Feltonville NC, Garner NC, Kennebec NC, Willow Springs NC, Cokesbury NC, Holland NC, Wilbon NC, Apex NC

Zip Codes: 27501, 27502, 27523, 27526, 27529, 27539, 27540, 27592

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Carolina Counseling Services - Fuquay-Varina, NC
602 E. Academy St. Ste. 103
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

(910) 624-6973

602 E. Academy St. Suite 102

Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

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  • Referrals: MOST beneficiaries do NOT need a Referral!

View the independently contracted, Caring, Licensed Therapists. Who is the Best Fit for you?

  • Kimberly Tran, PhD, HSP-P

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Individuals, Couples, anxiety, PTSD, trauma (adults who have experienced childhood physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse, Wounded Warrior) grief and loss, relationship issues, addiction, recovery, co-occuring substance abuse, couple/marital concerns, personality disorders, mood disorders.
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare (to include Tricare Prime), Medicare and cash
    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Laura Coyle, PhD, HSP-P

    Specializes in: (Ages 3+) Children, Adolescents, Couples, Individuals, Family, anxiety, persistent sadness and depression, mood swings, responses to trauma, grief, behavioral concerns, autism spectrum disorders, attention difficulties, excessive procrastination, challenges related to physical health concerns, relational conflicts, problematic alcohol or drug use, problematic eating patterns, communication difficulties, Affirmative and Multiculturally Competent Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare (to include Tricare Prime) Medicare and cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Teshia Utley-McKoy, MS, LPC

    Specializes in: (Ages 4+) Children, Adolescents, Individuals, Marriage and Couples counseling, Anxiety issues, Parent-child relational issues, Spirituality, Behavior Management, ADHD, ODD, PTSD Trauma, Self-Esteem, Depression, Grief and Loss, Adjustment and Transitional Issues, Coping Skills, Christian counseling.
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare (to include Tricare Prime), HSA/FSA and cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Rachel Macko, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Adults, Individuals, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, OCD, Depression, Mood Disorders, PTSD, Trauma, Acute Stress Disorder, Chronic Pain/Health Concerns, Grief and Loss, Adjustment/Transitional Issues, Coping issues, Sleep Issues, Communication issues. Mindfulness Training and EMDR are available.
    Insurance: BCBS, Medicare, Tricare Prime/Select, Cash, HSA and FSA accepted

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC
  • Sherry Horowitz, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 10+) Children, Adolescents/Teens, Adults, Individuals, Couples, Families, Communication Skills, Mood Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, ADHD, Couples/Marriage Counseling, Grief and Loss, Parenting Issues, Panic Attacks, Issues Related to Military Families, Self-Esteem, Sleep Issues, Positive Behavior Modification, Eating Disorders, Anxiety or Fears, Depression, Self-esteem, Body Image Issues, Grief and loss, ADHD in girls and women
    Insurance: BCBS, Medicare, Tricare, HSA/FSA and cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC