Podcast – Understanding Adult Children of Alcoholics or Addicts – ACOA with Jody Lamb

Whether or not you grew up in a home where one or more adults abused alcohol and / or drugs, you’ll find this episode super important and relatable. My guest, Jody Lamb (YouTuber), is the adult child of an alcoholic (ACOA). Today, she shares her very candid and insightful perspective on codependency and how to better understand people in our lives who grew up with the effects of alcohol / drug addiction on the family.


You’ll find out…

  • The impetus for Jody writing her first book
  • Voicemail messages from my listeners who lived through having alcoholic parents (and Jody’s reaction to them)
  • The blessings of growing up ACOA
  • What positive traits people who grew up with addictive parents might have
  • The new character on Sesame Street which will help kids growing up in an addictive household
  • How, as ACOA, you program yourself — for a lifelong role — as everyone’s caregiver
  • Why children who grow up in this sort of environment often never find their own voice
  • Does a child pick up any negative traits when a parent is a functioning alcoholic?
  • How common is it for an addictive parent to also be abusive
  • Jody’s definition of what your only job in life should be
  • The mixed messages one might receive growing up ACOA
  • Why many ACOA often mitigate their own experiences
  • Those who grow up ACOA who are at the greatest risk of not reaching their full potential
  • Jody’s recommendation for in-person meetings for ACOA
  • Characteristics / common traits ACOA share
  • How trust issues identify themselves for ACOA
  • How / why it’s challenging to break the codependency tie with your alcoholic parent (and how Jody did just that)
  • Why ACOA subconsciously seek addicts in their adult relationships
  • The wake up call moment for Jody that her mom’s addiction had nothing to do with her (which involved shouting at a restaurant)
  • How birth order among siblings affects how one responds to a parent’s addiction



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Learn more about Jody at: jodylamb.com

Jody’s Book,  7 Things That Change Everything

Follow Jody on Instagram @JodyMLamb

Jody’s YouTube

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Books by Melody Beattie

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