It is incredibly difficult to grow up in a household with an alcoholic parent. As a child, seeing your parent struggle is both heartbreaking and frightening. Unfortunately, these feelings may carry into your adult life and have long-term effects on your well-being. If you are the child of a parent who is or was an alcoholic and are experiencing any sort of psychological distress in your adult life, please seek help from our psychologist in Huntington today.
As a child, having stability and structure is so important for healthy development. Children of alcoholics are often the most vulnerable to their parent’s poor habits. Instead of having a parent they can look up to for guidance, children of alcoholics must get used to their parent being unpredictable, unreliable, or selfish. An unstable home environment due to a parent’s poor behavior inevitably sets up a child for traumatic distress later in life.
If you are suffering from the effects of growing up with a parent with substance abuse issues, we can help. Symptoms usually include depression, guilt, anxiety, insecurity and conflicted relationships. Dr. Joel Kuppersmith, our psychologist in Huntington, offers a comprehensive range of psychotherapy services for his patients. His services specifically include treatment of adult children of alcoholics, therefore, he is well experienced in this field.
With psychoanalytic therapy, you are given the opportunity to be a part of a helpful intervention. Depending on your situation, Dr. Kuppersmith will be able to provide you with a psychoanalysis, a psychological consultation, or psychotherapy. The goal of each of these treatment options is to teach you how to regulate your emotions as well as help you understand why you may behaving and feeling the way you do. Stop letting your past affect your future and contact our psychologist in Huntington today!