I can't believe I'm actually chatting in a group about being a child of an alcoholic. For years, I've been told that I should seek others like myself, but never could bring myself to do it. I guess in some weird way, it would be like admitting defeat, like, she finally got to me & broke me down. My mother (the alcoholic) has always been my role model for what NOT to be. She's is the butt of many, MANY jokes. This was my coping mechanism. I swear if it weren't for a sense of humor, I would have lost it long ago. It's really strange to read about others' experiences. They are so similiar. And even stranger, the end result of being an alcoholic's child is astonishing. I'm not naive about my situation or the things that have happened to me in my life. But until I started reading some of these posts, I never realized just how much it has molded me into who I am today. Unless you've had a parent who is an alcoholic, its hard to understand the amount of damage that can be done. I'm sure there isn't one of you out there that didn't at some point feel as though you got cheated out of having a real parent. Some of you got cheated out of both. Some, like me, only had one that was around anyway. I just want to say to all of you, I am proud of who you are (although i don't know you) Because what you have been through &/or are going through is a true test of sanity. And if you can function at even a slightly productive level, you are doing soooo much better than you have any right to be. :-)
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