You’re Not Alone in This

Resources are available to lend support

If you want to work through issues from your childhood, here are a few places you can start.


If your employer offers an EAP through Mayo Clinic Health System, call 608-392-9530 or 800-493-3960 to set up free, confidential counseling.

Recommended books

“Adult Children of Alcoholics” by Janet Woititz

“Co-dependency No More” by Melodie Beattie

Support group

Al-Anon 888-425-2666 (website created for ACoA by Amy Eden to ‘Transform Self-loathing into Self-love’)

Helpful online resources, quizzes and apps

ACE online test to assess health risks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed an ACE (Adverse Childhood Events) test as a way to assess health risks. Children who grow up in a home with substance abuse are more likely to have experienced other adverse effects as well. The higher your score, the greater your risk for health problems as an adult. However, the test doesn’t account for positive influences that may have counteracted the negative, such as a supportive relative, teacher or neighbor. You can learn more here.

Take a look at these Mayo Clinic-recommended resources and apps.


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