Typical Characteristics of Children of Alcoholics

If you’ve lived with a parent that drinks too much as a child, there are typical characteristics of children of alcoholics that develop.  They vary depending on your personal situation of course, so what I mention in this blog post may not be exactly your experience. Also I feel it’s important to mention that whilst Read More

The judgements we believe

When people make judgements about us, it can feel like they are better than us. That they know best or something we don’t know. The judgements we belief can affect us on a massive scale.  I always remember my Dad saying “When are you going to change”, “Why aren’t you doing xyz” or “You need Read More

Feeling Isolated Emotionally and Physically

When we think of isolation, it can be feeling isolated emotionally and physically.  This week in my A-Z of alcohol misuse it’s the letter “I” and I’m talking about “Isolation”. Recently I watched a TV programme on male suicide after World Suicide Day. It was interesting to hear how many similarities there are with addiction.  Read More

The Drinker Can Be Humiliating

Families of alcoholics will often agree that the drinker can be humiliating. Their actions are not logical, and they aren’t thinking, they just act. This is really hard for partners and extended family to cope with, children feel embarrassed and uncomfortable.  What’s the definition of “Humiliation”? to make someone feel ashamed or lose respect for himself or herself To give some Read More

Grieving isn’t just about death

It’s funny that we can all relate and understand grief when we associate it with death, but grieving isn’t just about death, is it? For me personally there are lots of others reasons that we need to grieve or experience grief.  I’ve been grieving the absence of the relationship that I longed for with my Read More