Support Groups for Adult Kids

  • Adult Children of Alcoholics
    Welcome to ACA. Adult Children of Alcoholics is an anonymous Twelve Step program of women and men who grew up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes. We meet with each other in a mutually respectful, safe environment and acknowledge our common experiences. We discover how childhood affected us in the past and influences us in the present. We take positive action.
  • Adult Children of Narcissistic Parents
    A discussion group on Yahoo. The group is restricted and self moderated. It is "intended to be a nurturing place for learning, validation, and thoughtful discussion."
  • Estranged From My Parents
    Dr. Joshua Coleman's forum for adult children estranged from their parents. Coleman is a speaker, psychologist and author of When Parents Hurt and other books.

Support Groups for Parents

  • AARP: Wisdom Circle
    Discussion Groups for Grandparents on a variety of issues on the AARP website. Estrangement is not a specific topic of the discussions but is an appropriate one to bring up there for discussion.
  • Christian Parents of Estranged Adult Children
    Estrangement makes it difficult to talk about with family, friends, neighbors and church members. Christians are NOT immune to broken families. Talk about your experiences with those who know how you feel and get positive support through your Christian faith.
  • Estranged Moms and Dads of Adult Children
    Estrangement is heartbreaking. You may feel alone and judged unfairly and depression is overwhelming. Often family doesn't understand the reasons for our estrangement. These are difficult times. We offer friendship, support and the knowledge that we MUST focus on ourselves to overcome our darkest emotional state. If you are a mother or father and an estrangement victim, we invite you to heal with us.
  • Estranged Stories
    A place principally for parents experiencing family estrangement to find support, hopefully peace, and some understanding. Currently has over 3,000 members.
  • H. E. R. Groups
    HEALING ESTRANGED RELATIONSHIPS, INC. (H.E.R. Group) was created for women who are experiencing an estranged relationship from an adult child. Our purpose is to provide each woman with a safe environment in which to share what is in her heart; and to be a place where hope, encouragement, support and resources will enable healing in her life.
  • Haven of Peace for Estranged Parents
    HOPE is a group for parents whose adult children have estranged from them. We are here to support, encourage and help one another to remain positive, come to terms with the estrangement and move forward during this difficult time.
  • Parents of Estranged Adult Children Everywhere
    Do you have adult children, who have blamed you for everything wrong in their childhood, lost contact either through addiction, divorce, or in laws? No phone calls for birthdays, Mother's day, just no communication. How do you cope with the emptiness, the painful loss of not having your children in your life?
  • Parents Who Walk Away
    A group for parents of estranged adult children who are tired of waiting for them to grow up/get real. Comprised of strong, wise survivors, this group is made up of parents who either have walked away or are considering walking away from the disrespectful actions of their abusive adult children. Straight talk, tough stances and the free exchange of ideas/opinions can be found here. Everyone is Welcome!
  • When Parents Hurt
    Dr. Joshua Coleman's forum for discussing estrangements in families. Dr. Coleman is the author of When Parents Hurt: Dealing with Parental Alienation.

Support Groups for All

  • Al anon
    A Twelve Step group that offers strength and hope for friends and families of problem drinkers. There is likely a meeting near you. Learning the Twelve Steps and following them can make a great deal of difference in your life, no matter whether the issue is with someone who has a drinking problem or some other serious problem that affects them and everyone around them.
  • BPD Central
    BPD Central Randi Kreger, author, advocate, and owner of BPDCentral.com, established Welcome to Oz in 1996 to enable family members with a borderline or narcissistic loved one to support each other and share tips and techniques.
  • Co-Dependents Anonymous
    Welcome to Co-Dependents Anonymous, a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy and loving relationships. CODA is based on the Twelve Step program. It is much more broad based than Al anon.
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder Forum
    Narcissistic Personality Disorder Forum on PsychForums.com
  • Out of the Fog Forum
    Out of the FOG was launched on November 1 2007 to provide information and support to the family members and loved-ones of individuals who suffer from a personality disorder. FOG stands for Fear, Obligation and Guilt.
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November 10, 2007

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Susan

I have a bad habit of buying myself presents at Christmas. Hubby just hasn't caught on yet as to what I would like and I just don't want to not have any presents! Even if its just one, that's enough.

I really miss my mom (who has alzheimers) at Christmas and nothing could compare to the spread we used to put on at her house. I do go see her that day now with my husband and we have a special dinner and that is nice, but the main thing I try to make sure of is that I have something that is just for me too. Try it, it helps-!

Ginny

Susan,

That's a good kind of "bad habit"! :-) And a good suggestion. Yes, sometimes being good to ourselves starts close to home.

Thanks! :-)

Ginny

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