Happiness is similarly defined in nature to contentment, satisfaction, and cheerfulness. But for most Adult Children of Alcoholics, Addicts, or Dysfunctional Families, experiencing happiness has never happened and seems very much like a lost cause. When we haven't experienced something, we really have no blueprint for how it could be or that it is even a possibility. It seems and feels quite impossible.
I bring good news as we have fully ushered in 2021. Anything truly IS possible! With that said, possibilities arise when we start looking at our options, considering change, and stepping out of denial into the truth of our circumstances. Is this you? Have you been contemplating what you think, feel, need, want, or desire to be the BEST version of yourself? If so, you're in the right place! One of the things I love about being a therapist is helping encourage and support newness in the lives of my clients. Why is hard to make needed changes? Because it involves loss. Loss of the old way of thinking and behaving. When loss is present for us, it naturally trips the trigger for grief in our lives. Grief looks like denial, anger, sadness, bargaining, and depression. These are normal. We are saying goodbye to a lack of discipline, something; saying goodbye to a life lived perhaps in fear, rigidity, perfectionism, control, and any other method of behaving and surviving the harshness that can sometimes be our world. If any of this rings true for you, and you are an Adult Child of an Alcoholic, Addict, and Dysfunctional Family, I'd encourage to purhcase the book pictured above. It's the Big Red Book for ACA - Adult Children of Alcoholics, Addicts, and Dysfunctional Families. I believe it will help validate and normalize some or all of your life experiences, and, it will introduce you to solutions for moving through the hurt, pain, and dysfunction of the past. I'm not saying it will be easy but I promise you it's worth it.
I'm cheering for you as you start your journey towards contentment and satisfaction. Healing IS possilbe! If you're looking to begin therapy to address the past in order to heal the present, I'd love to speak with you on a complimentary, fifteen-minute consultation call. Text/call: 561.501.1996.
Cheers to change, growth, and healing in 2021!
- Brittni Harris, LMHC, EMDR Therapist