I spoke to Dawn Clancy recently, creator of Growing Up Chaotic, a community for friends and families of addicts and survivors of abuse. Dawn and I met originally when we both wrote for AfterPartyMagazine. She shares some of her story with us and gives us some great advice on how to live a functional life, despite growing up chaotic!



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  1. Deborah McConnell Reply

    Listening to the podcast and was connected to you and Dawn right away. I am so grateful for Dawn telling her driving the car story. I have the same experience in 1986. I still have to ‘accomodate’ myself when I drive. It was that feeling of terror and stuck that I experienced in the home with my alcoholic, abusive step dad and mom. This stuff is real and we live with it daily.

    Also, thank you for repeatedly saying, “We need to tell our stories.” Amen and Yes, yes, yes! I feel like the little Who’s that said, “We are here, WE ARE HERE.” I believe this is my life’s calling to heal my ACA wounds and to support and help others do the same. Much love!!!!! Deb M.

    • Nicky Reply

      I’ll be doing another podcast with Dawn soon about her new Adult Child of Alcoholics program. Dawn is such a great person and I’m sure her program will be too

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