Little Parent, Hero, Mascot, Chief Enabler, and Lost Child
When a parent is addicted to alcohol or drugs, the entire family is set up around the addict and their addiction.
Children tend to follow designated roles as the family acts out the drama of addiction. Children develop these roles due to family dynamics. For a child in an addicted household, he or she will usually only fulfil one role. The parents and family will not acknowledge any behavior outside this family role. In a more functioning household, children often move fluidly between roles. These roles are generally known as codependent roles. ...Note: Cross posted from Recovery Is Sexy.com.