“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
Family of Origin Issues
What is family of origin and its accompanying issues? The family is the first social group a person belongs to, and creates the environment responsible for a child’s development. Simply put, if a child’s family has troubles, or does not nurture the innate nature of that child, he/she may be at risk of addiction as an adult.
Traumatic events, such as a bitter divorce, abuse, death of a parent or sibling will disrupt the maturation process. There are less extreme interruptions of a child’s development which can cause problems. If a child is forced to conform to an adult’s expectations that are not true to the child’s nature, a sense of failure and feelings of shame are sure to set up roadblocks to a gratifying adulthood. Without confidence and a belief in his/her self worth, a false substitute can be found in a bottle, in the medicine cabinet or on the street.
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