Artists

Featured Artist Jessica Packer

Featured Artist Jessica Packer

Jessica Packer is a talented artist dedicated to dealing with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Crohn’s Disease, and trying to show others who do not have either a way to understand the diseases without actually experiencing it themselves.

Featured Artist Donald Martin

Featured Artist Donald Martin

Dysfunky.org welcomes our newest featured artist Donald Martin.
Type of Art: Painting and Sculpture

Featured Artist Sissy Jeschke

Featured Artist Sissy Jeschke

Sissy Jeschke is a furniture artist who takes discarded items, repurposes and transforms them.

Featured Artist Ms. Renda

Featured Artist Ms. Renda

Meet our new featured artist Ms. Renda.

Type of art: Painting, Sculpting, Drawing, Graphic Design

Featured Artist Alex Temple

Featured Artist Alex Temple

Alex Temple is an artist and successful student with a 2011 BFA with Honors from Rhode Island School of Design. In his piece B A P T I S M: a piano recital by alex temple he destroys a piano!

Right Turn Live! –  for sober performers

Right Turn Live! – for sober performers

Right Turn is a welcoming place where people in recovery can experience a sense of purpose and belonging. They also host Right Turn Live! – A clean & sober performance space.

Articles

How Adult Children of Alcoholics Can Relieve Anxiety Through Journaling

How Adult Children of Alcoholics Can Relieve Anxiety Through Journaling

By simply taking a few minutes to sit down and write about your feelings each day, you can reduce effects of anxiety and help to lessen the frequency and severity of panic attacks, which are the result of negative thoughts and emotions.

Change Your Life By Changing Your Thoughts

Change Your Life By Changing Your Thoughts

By allowing the strongholds from your dysfunctional family to play a role in the way you think today empowers them.

Dysfunctional Families are Like Serving in the Military

Dysfunctional Families are Like Serving in the Military

When soldiers are sent off to war they are devoid of all feelings and emotions in order to survive the ordeal that they are going through. For a co-dependent person this is often the case as well.

Understanding The Benefits Of Al-Anon

Understanding The Benefits Of Al-Anon

Al-Anon is a 12-step support group that was founded on the principles of people supporting each other in regards to dealing with problem drinkers.

One Day At a Time in Al-Anon

One Day At a Time in Al-Anon

I pray to remember, every day, every hour, and especially in times of crisis, that hostile behavior on my part will only add fuel to a fire that could destroy us both

Melody Beattie – Queen of Codependency

Melody Beattie – Queen of Codependency

Melody Beattie is the bestselling author of “Co-Dependent No More” which was published in 1986. Since that time Melody has gone on to become one of America’s most loved self help and recovery authors.

Resources

One Day At a Time in Al-Anon

One Day At a Time in Al-Anon

I pray to remember, every day, every hour, and especially in times of crisis, that hostile behavior on my part will only add fuel to a fire that could destroy us both

Healing the Child Within by Dr. Charles L. Whitfield M.D.

Healing the Child Within by Dr. Charles L. Whitfield M.D.

“Healing the Child Within”… I can honestly say that this book changed my life in a very profound way.

What If Arnold Attended an ACA Meeting?

What If Arnold Attended an ACA Meeting?

What if Arnold attended an ACA meeting and welcomed everyone to the group. What would it sound like?

Children do as they see

Children do as they see

Growing up in a dysfunctional home I often saw things that did not make sense. My parents fighting violently and screaming the most awful things was normal behavior in our home. This video from YouTube is powerful and difficult to watch. It depicts how children learn to be dysfunctional from their parents actions. The hardest [...]

Children need good role models

Children need good role models

The video below is a clip from Dr. John Bradshaw, Bradshaw On: Homecoming…Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child. I’m a big fan of Dr. Bradshaw and his work has helped me a lot. One of the first things he says is that child need good role models in the home for how to act and [...]

Healing the Shame that Binds You by John Bradshaw

Healing the Shame that Binds You by John Bradshaw

It is no exaggeration to say this was the most helpful self-help book i’ve ever encountered. For a long time I was always a seeker but could never get to the bottom of the “soul sickness” I felt within my deepest sense of self. I was operating under the general theory my soul had been stolen from me in my early childhood.

Issues

Dysfunctional Family Roles

Dysfunctional Family Roles

There are four basic roles that children take on in order to survive growing up in emotionally dishonest, shame-based, dysfunctional families. Hero, Scapegoat, Mascot, Invisible.

My core belief was a lie

My core belief was a lie

By the time I reached 30 I truly believed beyond all reason that I was a complete failure because I couldn’t fix my family.

Victim Mentality and People Pleasing

Victim Mentality and People Pleasing

We lived life from the standpoint of victims. Having an overdeveloped sense of responsibility, we preferred to be concerned with others rather than ourselves. We got guilt feelings when we stood up for ourselves rather than giving in to others. Thus, we became reactors rather than actors, letting others take the initiative.

We learned that lying works better than telling the truth

We learned that lying works better than telling the truth

Lying becomes a way of surviving in a dysfunctional home

Are you alone on Christmas?

Are you alone on Christmas?

If you are alone this Christmas because your family is nuts and you have decided not to play along with the 2011 edition of family dysfunction I applaud you! I know it is hard being alone during the holidays but its so much better to be alone than with dysfunctional family.

PTSD

PTSD

PTSD stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder which is a debilitating condition that follows a terrifying event. Usually, people with PTSD have reoccurring frightening thoughts and memories of their ordeal. PTSD, once referred to as shell shock or battle fatigue, was first brought to public attention by war veterans, but it can result from any [...]

Feedback

How to get the word out in 2013?

How to get the word out in 2013?

Dysfunky.org was created last year to help spread the word about the benefit of 12 Step Support Groups especially ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics). Since that time we have had over 7,000 visitors to our website, 120 comments and about 50 emails asking for more information. We have been able to encourage many people and [...]

Love your site already

Love your site already

Somebody on Craigslist recovery forum posted your address. Love your site already.
I’ll be recommending it to all my ACA friends.
Wish somebody had posted this a few years ago when I spent Christmas alone. Excellent suggestions.

To know I’m not the only one who has gone through what I’ve been through

To know I’m not the only one who has gone through what I’ve been through

Wow, I don’t know how I stumbled upon this, but it is somehow everything I needed to hear. This truly set me at some ease to know that I’m not the only one who has gone through what I’ve been through. Thank you

Inspiration

Positive Affirmations to Help You Think Better

Positive Affirmations to Help You Think Better

When you grew up in a dysfunctional family you have to take steps to change your old patterns of thinking and positive affirmations have helped me a lot.

If you have never made a mistake then it means you have never tried something new.

If you have never made a mistake then it means you have never tried something new.

If ever there were a truer statement I have not read it yet. When my life is working correctly and I am thriving as a healthy person I tend to have mistakes all over the place. It’s because I am focused on doing stuff instead of what others are thinking about me and what I’m [...]

Inspiration and Affirmations

Inspiration and Affirmations

If you grew up in a dysfunctional family there is a good chance that you think dysfunctional thoughts all the time. Critical self talk and a perfectionist attitude can become your worst enemy and lead to depression and isolation. So many self help guru’s say over and over that if you want to change your [...]

Other Recent Posts

Personal Injury Boston MA

Personal Injury Boston MA

As of April 5th 2013 there are about 6,210,000 results for “Personal Injury Boston MA” on search. The first three companies that are advertising on that keyword are Stillmanlegal.com, cariglia.com and sokolovelaw.com. The first three organic results show personalinjury-boston.com, jeffreysglassman.com and feinbergalban.com. The keyword tool states that personal injury boston ma costs about $58.82 per [...]

Anxiety is Normal For Adult Children of Alcoholics

Anxiety is Normal For Adult Children of Alcoholics

Growing up hearing words of hurt instead of positive affirmations can greatly affect ones view of themselves as well as the rest of the world.

How Anxiety Can Change Your Life

How Anxiety Can Change Your Life

Anxiety can prevent you from reaching your goals and dreams because the fear it produces essentially takes over your life from the inside out.

5 Steps That Helped Me Avoid Relapsing

5 Steps That Helped Me Avoid Relapsing

Recovery is a learning process and it is key to be proud of yourself for making the right choice and for wanting to make a positive change.

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