Children of Alcoholics Awareness Week

Children of Alcoholics Awareness Week is taking place now through February 17th. This internationally recognized campaign is led by the National Association for Children of Addiction (NACOA) and aims to raise awareness of the effects that a parent or guardian’s alcohol problems have on their children. According to NACOA, approximately 11 million youth in the United States are growing up with at least one alcoholic parent. This observance aims to help these kids understand that they are not alone and support is available. Helping the general community understand more about this issue can create additional opportunities to connect these children and teens with the help and resources available to them.

The NACOA has made several resources available to kids and teens struggling with parental addiction. Click here for facts, activities, worksheets, and resources for kids and here for information and resources for teens.

Children-of-alcoholics-in-the-UK-Getting-help-during-adulthood-is-possible-1Alateen meetings can also be helpful for young people whose lives have been affected by another person’s drinking. The purpose of the meetings is to allow young people to come together to discuss their difficulties, learn effective ways to cope with their problems, encourage one another, and learn to understand and apply the principles of the Al-Anon program. There is an Alateen meeting Thursday evenings at 7:00pm at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church at 85 E Main Street, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549. Kids ages 10-19 are welcome.  Alateen Chat Meetings are also available online for young people ages 13-18. Chat meetings are moderated, and teens can only chat when the adult Alateen Group Sponsors are present. Click here to learn more.