While the nation continues to confront the public health crisis that is addiction, events like Children of Alcoholics Awareness Week help remind us of often forgotten victims. Alcoholism remains a prominent issue in the US, and as a result, one in four children live in a family impacted by parental addiction.
The effects of this can be devastating. The very nature of alcohol abuse results in a home without stability. Children are forced to endure inconsistency, chaos and, at times, turmoil and violence. This is in stark contrast with what professionals widely believe our youngest generations need to develop and thrive: structure.
As a result, many of the 26.8 million children who grow up in homes co-habited by alcoholism suffer mental health disorders, denial, trust issues, violent urges and low self-confidence. They also face a higher risk of marrying an alcoholic or becoming dependent upon substances themselves.
The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA) works tirelessly year-round to raise awareness of this issue and provide support for children and families in this unfortunate position. So, from February 11 – 15, Spectrum Health Systems joins NACOA in calling our followers to action – because one caring adult can change the course of a child’s life.
Below are a few things NACOA wants everybody to know.
- Your neighbors may live in hidden chaos – and you can help
- Children and teens are often unsure who they can turn to for help in their schools
- The non-using parent needs assistance as well – whether it be logistical, or emotional
NACOA offers a number of resources for people looking to help, and for those struggling themselves.
If somebody you love needs addiction treatment, call Spectrum Health Systems today at (800) 366-7732.