As a teenager, the world around us can seem all-consuming. Life becomes a tangled mesh of confusion ranging from learning about one’s body, to the dreaded English essay, but when they go home life slows down. A sanctuary of sorts is provided by their parents. Unfortunately for some teens a dark little secret hides behind the closed doors of their home, alcoholism. Society has not acknowledged that there is a real problem with parental alcoholism. As a result, there are a lot of children that suffer in silence, destined to follow in the footsteps of their parents. There is hope, however, in a child’s resilience. Following down the same path as an alcoholic parent is a choice and with all choices there is another option. Let the darkness consume you or accept that you cannot change the past, but you have the power within to change the future.
Growing up in a household having to constantly “walk on eggshells”, one waits for the moment when their parent is going to explode. The worst part is the waiting. Physical wounds heal; mental wounds can be pushed to the back of the mind, but the waiting is a torture unseen. “Alcohol tended to make them [parents] more invasive, either in a violent or maudlin way, and was associated with parents angrily ‘flaring up’…” (Bancroft 12) They ask themselves everyday will this be a good day or a bad day. The worries that weigh on the mind of a teenager, no man or woman should ever have to bear. Teenagers with an alcoholic parent tend to become the proverbial loner. Avoiding social contact prevents embarrassment and fearing a parent will throw a drunken fit when friends are over leads many to not make friends at all. Isolating themselves from the outside world lead...
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...dge that there is a real problem with parental alcoholism. We cannot turn a blind eye on the youth of tomorrow. To stop the cycle of abuse, teenagers need to find their voice and become involved by speaking out. A lesson can be learned from some teenagers who have alcoholic parents; against the darkest odds one can overcome and become so much more.
Bancroft, Angus. Et al. Parental drug and Alcohol Misuse: Resilience and Transition among Young People Edinburgh: Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2004 Print
Gordis, Enoch. “Children of Alcoholics: Are they Different?” Alcohol Alert 09 (1990): 288. Web. 23 Feb. 2012
Korsmeyer, Pamela. Henry R. Kranzler. “Adult Children of Alcoholics” Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol & Addictive Behavior 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2009: 36-38 Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 26 February 2012.
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