Episode 173: The Impact of a Dysfunctional Family

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In this episode of our addiction and recovery podcast, we offer a discussion about the impact of a dysfunctional family in childhood on future adulthood.  We like to think that what happened in our past doesn’t affect our adult lives. However, one of the most significant predictors for problems in adult relationships is childhood trauma.

Trying to understand how childhood affects adulthood was the earliest idea of psychology, an idea proposed by Sigmund Freud, which seems to have endured over the years, even as new research and understanding of this idea have changed what we understand about that relationship.

Indeed, after 100 years, the process of therapy does continue to be the procedure of analyzing a patient’s childhood, trying to heal the wounds that occurred during that critical period, and helping the adult become more emotionally literate. 

TRANSCRIPT: The Impact of a Dysfunctional Family

Hi everyone, welcome to Thanks for Sharing. I’m your host, Jackie Pack. I’ve been wanting to do an episode for awhile on the 12-step fellowship ACOA and the disease of family dysfunction. I’m going to be pulling from several different people who are kind of experts and authors in the field of family dysfunction, including Tian Dayton, Claudia Black, and others, and I’ll let you know when I’m quoting them or referring to them, and I’m happy to introduce you to some of their work because their work is amazing.