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Talking to Crazy by Mark Goulston

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chapter 27

The Reconnect

Healing a Broken Relationship with an Adult Child

One Of The saddest experiences in life is to be the mother or father of a child who refuses to have anything to do with you. It’s called parental alienation syndrome, and it’s far more common than you’d think.

Sometimes, of course, adult children disconnect for sane and valid reasons. For instance, their parents may be abusive, self-destructive, or otherwise toxic. In cases like this, walking away is sometimes a child’s only good choice.

If you went through a temporary destructive or self-destructive phase that cost you a relationship with a child—for instance, if you were addicted to drugs or alcohol or behaved horribly during a divorce—there’s a way to rehabilitate ...

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