Thursday, April 23, 2009

Children of Alcoholics

I have started reading Jerry Moe's book entitled, "Understanding Addiction and Recovery Through a Child's Eyes" and he says in the introduction: "For thirty years I have had a front row seat in group, watching, learning, and helping these youngest victims of addicted families. They live with a legacy that can break hearts and destroy souls - one they did not choose but was thrust upon them by the adults around them." p. xiii

I resonated with Jerry's paragraph because I have been involved with children from dysfunctional families for over 40 years and many of the staff at GCASA have been witnesses to the devastation, the pain, the suffering and sorrow and have the courage and interest and compassion to walk with these children as they try to make sense out of world that is over unpredictable, out of control, abusive, and scary.

The idea that substance abuse is a family disease cannot be overstated because its impact is at times overwhelming. The professionals who stand as witnesses to these situations are courageous and strong in their ability to identify dysfunction and disease and to attempt to assess and treat it.

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