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Gratitude for children of alcoholics doesn’t come easy. Feeling gratitude is difficult when there is abuse and neglect in your past. Here are 7 ways children of alcoholics can feel grateful this holiday season from Tian Dayton.

How many times have I heard people share that they “do not regret the past?” People, who have, by the way, experienced extreme trauma including child abuse, domestic violence, affairs, and addiction. So what can anyone who has grown up with childhood trauma be grateful for? 
“Whatever brought me into recovery” says Sharon M., “has helped me to make such positive life changes that I truly feel appreciative more than resentful, much more in fact. I know it sounds odd but I even feel grateful to the pain that led me to see so much about myself, other people and this thing we call life, that I have learned to live and love a day at a time.”


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Dr. Tian Dayton
Dr. Dayton is the Director of Program Development for Breathe Life Healing Center. She is the author of fifteen books most recently The ACoA Trauma Syndrome, 
Emotional Sobriety,Trauma and Addiction:, Forgiving and Moving On , The Living Stage, and has developed a model for using sociometry and psychodrama to resolve issues related to Relationship Trauma Repair. Find more of her articles on her website: www.tiandayton.com.

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