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National Children of Alcoholics Week

By February 14, 2012

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This week, Feb. 12-18, 2012 marks the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA) observance of Children of Alcoholics week to celebrate the recovery of children of all ages who have found recovery from the loss and pain experienced in their childhood. This year's theme is "A Celebration of Hope and Healing" which offers hope for those who are sill adversely impacted by parental alcohol or drug addiction.

The observance of Children of Alcoholics Week is important because the NACoA estimates that 25% of all children in the United States are affected by or exposed to a family alcohol or drug problem.

Those effects can include physical illness, emotional disturbances, behavior problems, lower educational performance, and susceptibility to alcoholism or other addiction later in life, the NACoA says.

For more information about Children of Alcoholics Week and a list of tools and resources for related activities, visit the NACoA website.

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February 14, 2012 at 5:10 pm
(1) Beth Burgess says:

Thank you for raising awareness of this. While addiction is extremely painful for the person involved, it ripples out to all the people around the addict too. Children of alcoholics can find it especially hard to deal with, especially when they are young and might not understand what is going on.

Of course, the scars often carry through into adulthood as well, and children of alcoholics are sadly more likely to become alcoholics themselves than those with non-alcoholic parents.

Children can also go to Al-Anon or Alateen for support.
Beth Burgess
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February 20, 2012 at 1:23 pm
(2) BC says:

I see this problem ever growing with the larger number of people drinking these days. I am shocked to find this even though we know of the damage that occurs.
Alcoholism effects everyone around the alcoholic! Children begin to think this is normal behavior and often take part in such drinking then too.
Research shows the changes in cells that begins before a child is created and how that can carry on through that child, making alcoholism even more of danger to them.
Let’s get off the drug and experience the highs of LIFE!

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