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Adult Children of Alcoholics

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“Al-Anon meetings are led by people who are dealing with the same things you are, and they can share very practical tips and skills,” O’Gorman says. “Also, if you’ve felt isolated and embarrassed that your parent has alcoholism, Al-Anon can help you let go of that shame.”

Another 12-step support group that may help is Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA).

If you have a drinking problem and are trying to stay sober, O’Gorman suggests attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings as well.

Harkes says she found the support she needed through therapy and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

“It was so helpful to hear other people’s stories and share my own and to be really honest about my childhood and my drinking,” she says. “I knew I didn’t have to go through this all by myself and that it was possible to have a better life.”

Reviewed on December 13, 2013

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