Children of Alcoholics Awareness Week – is celebrated internationally each year during the week in which Valentine’s Day falls.
Did you know that one in four children are in an environment where alcohol abuse or alcoholism affects their day to day life? The problem often goes unsolved or ignored while children living with an alcohol-dependent parent suffer in silence.
The campaign is led by The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA). And the aim of the week is to raise awareness of the problems faced by children of alcohol-dependent parents and it’s about letting them know that there is support there for them.
It must be really difficult dealing with this problem during your formative years – particularly when you have no idea what’s in store when you get home from school each day.
This is why the National Association for Children of Alcoholics hold ‘A Celebration of Hope and Healing’ in February. It marks the recovery of thousands of children who have received the help they needed to recover from a traumatizing childhood. Hope will also be offered to children of alcoholic parents who are still struggling. So how can you help?
Be an advocate for those children and parents who need alcohol abuse help. Alcoholism is a family disease and affects everyone in the household. By talking to schools, churches and local politicians you can start to draw awareness to the issue. Sometimes something as small as a poster or a news bulletin can get the ball rolling!
If you’re interested in helping out, find more ideas at the Children of Alcoholics Awareness Week website. Are you a child living with an alcoholic parent? If so, you don’t have to be brave – it’s ok to ask for help and receive it.
Finally, if you are a parent with a drinking problem, you can take that first step by finding out the facts, and there’s more helpful information to be found about treating alcoholism at California alcoholism treatment resources. The long-term benefits will be for you and your family, both physically and emotionally.