Celeb support - Children of Alcoholics Week 12-18 February 2017
“I support Children of Alcoholics Week because I think it is important for children and young people to understand that they are not responsible for their parent’s drink or drug use.”
“I’m delighted to support Children of Alcoholics week. I’ve recently spoken out about my own personal experiences of my own late father’s problems with alcohol. As shadow Health Secretary supporting children of alcoholics is a personal priority and I’m working closely with MPs to persuade the government to publish a strategy. Let’s send a message to the two million plus children of alcoholics that they need not suffer in silence.”
“Alcohol abuse is everywhere and it’s not only the abusers who bear the brunt. More often than not, it’s the family or close friends that are affected both emotionally and physically. The unconditional support that Nacoa offers all people affected on different levels of alcohol abuse is crucial. To know there is somebody on the end of the phone that they can call can sometimes be the difference that person needs to help them through the day, month and sometimes even life.”
“I’m honoured to support Children of Alcoholics Week, if we can spread the word and help people understand the effects and address issues that come along with being the son/daughter of an alcoholic, we will be able to help each other cope with the inevitable harsh effects that come with it. It’s a hidden topic and the more we can reach out to the children and young adults suffering, the better their futures can be.”
“I grew up in an alcoholic household. It is hard for a child to reach out, to admit you need help as a child of an alcoholic means battling a great sense of betrayal. Not to reach out, to find a helping hand or an understanding listener can spell a lifetime of problems.
I support this week because more needs to be done to tell children about the help that is out there. Over a million children are believed to live in alcoholic households, going through exactly what I went through. They need help and Nacoa is the only charity offering that specific help.”
“International COA week means children of alcoholics around the world can stand together and say that we are not alone. We are determined to campaign for change that will make our journey easier and put in place the help our loved ones need to recover.”
“Nacoa taught me a lot about myself. They made me realise that my problems weren’t unique, that I wasn’t alone, that along with my 12 step program taught me how to live life in a more gentle way.”
“I was keen to show my support for Nacoa, as I believe the work they do in helping the families of alcoholics is invaluable. Alcohol may not be illegal, and its use may be sanctioned by our government, but it still damages numerous peoples lives every year, any organisation whose work raises awareness of this deserves our support.”
“Growing up in Ireland, I witnessed the destructive patterns of alcohol on family life and the detrimental effect on impressionable young minds. I applaud and support in whatever way I can the help that organisations such as Naoca can offer to such children and the young adults they grow into.”
“Alcoholism devastates families, and the affect on children can be shattering. When young people reach out, Nacoa is there, dealing with over a hundred calls every day. The help and support that they give to these suffering, frightened children can transform lives. Nacoa is a charity close to my heart and I am very grateful for the wonderful work they do.”
“I have always been aware of alcohol & substance abuse and the effects it has on family lives but I never knew of any specialist support. After releasing my song ‘Oh Daddy’ which is a story based on alcohol abuse I came to learn of Nacoa and all the amazing work they do for families suffering from alcoholism and this is why I support Nacoa. No child should have to suffer in silence.”
“Watching a much-loved parent fall apart, slowly and painfully, before your childish eyes is agonising. You would do anything to stop it but you can’t and, even worse, you can’t talk about it to anyone. How does a child deal with this double life? By pretending everything is fine whilst feeling ashamed, guilty and responsible. By always being alert for trouble. By trying to make things right for everyone.
But now, thanks to Nacoa, help is at hand and ‘children’ of all ages no longer need to stay silent. I’m delighted to lend my support.”
“Alcoholism is a family disease. Being a child in such a family can be a living hell that scars for life. These children need someone to talk to.”
”As the child of an alcoholic myself I know just how lonely and frightening it can be when the person who is meant to be looking after you and caring for you is out of her head. I wish I’d had the support of Nacoa when I was young, and can’t endorse its work enough.”
“As children we were never allowed to talk openly about our mother’s drinking. I grew up feeling ashamed, frightened, lost, guilty and lonely.
I learned to cope, to lie and to pretend to be grown up, to put on a brave face, to look after everyone else and to be the parent. If only Nacoa had been there then; offering us someone to listen uncritically, to give help and support; someone to trust. But there was literally no one to turn to.
Luckily for me somewhere along the way I discovered acting and it has turned out OK. I support COA Week because it’s important to let children know they can do more than just survive their parent’s alcoholism. They can make successful lives for themselves.”
“To all who struggle and all who support.”
“Can you imagine being eleven and lying to hide the truth from your friends and teachers at school, then going home to find your Mum drunk, again, and having to make the supper for your siblings? Or protect them from your drunken Dad? Children are extraordinarily resilient but they need someone like Nacoa if they are to come through a childhood like that.”
“I’m supporting Children of Alcoholics Week because today and every day there are thousands of children who do not have access to help and support. They need to know they are not alone, they are not responsible for their parents’ drinking and they can, with help, stop the cycle of alcoholism.”
“It takes enormous courage to ask for help; imagine how hard it is for children living with parents who suffer with depression or alcoholism. Imagine living in fear because something seems to be wrong but you know not to talk about it. Imagine having no friends because you can’t bring them home and no one you can turn to because your parents deny there is a problem; you carry this burden yourself, even though you’re just 8 years old, or 12 or 15.”
I am very happy to be involved in raising awareness of the effects of alcohol on the children and extended family of the alcoholic or abnormal drinker. Its a story I know very well. The effects are often subtle to the drinker but devastating to the family, Alcoholism is the one disease that tells you you don’t have it! I am raising awareness via my film “Selah and Brown“.
“Alcohol drunk to excess and on a regular basis can be a cause of great sadness and destruction.”
“I have 2 small children myself whom I both love and appreciate. I am also very close to someone who was brought up by an alcoholic. If I can use my art to help Nacoa and have fun with it at the same time then why not do exactly that!”
“My dad Philip is an alcoholic. He’s proud of what I do now, but I feel sorry for how he’s turned out. It definitely affected my self-esteem and body issues, which I’ve battled with since my late teens, leading to a lifelong struggle with anorexia and body dysmorphia. Children of alcoholics are three times as likely to suffer with eating problems so I am thrilled to support COA Week. Children need to know they are not alone and there is help so they do not have lifelong struggles with their demons.”
“When you are a child, seeing people you love unconditionally affected by this ‘strange drink’ is bewildering and terrifying. Why is my mummy being sick? Why is daddy sad? Why is everyone angry and why are voices constantly raised? There is nowhere to turn.
Till now. Nacoa is a wonderful, safe, warm haven for children of alcoholics. Just a phone call away, it provides a LIFELINE so that the effects of alcohol do not poison the next generation. Nacoa I salute you.”
“As the child of alcoholics myself I remember well the sense of isolation and shame. It would have made a big difference to have known that others understood just how I felt. These days, thanks to Nacoa, I know that I can always put the children of alcoholics in touch with someone who understands and can offer support.”
“I only wish Nacoa had been around when I was living with a volatile alcoholic parent – I know it would have made an enormous difference. The amazing volunteers at Nacoa are a truly dedicated bunch of souls. I think the helpline counsellors have the hardest job of all and I know I couldn’t do it; thank God for every single one of them.”
“I have a deep empathy with the children of alcoholics, and that I think you provide a lifeline to those that otherwise may not have any hope left!”
“When the child is the last one standing, who will help them get their family back on their feet?”
“I support Children of Alcoholics Week because I have seen the devastating effects that it can have upon family life. Arguments and violence yet no memory of it the next day, children being neglected, overall living a nightmare whilst being awake. This is happening everyday somewhere around the world and it’s great know that there is support from Nacoa. Children need to know this is not what life is about and not to think that a different life is an unreachable ambition… lead your own life not that of what you see being portrayed to you and you will see the life you really want is obtainable.”
“Members of a family that has been infected by the misuse of alcohol walk a hard road. They are innocent but hurt all the same. To care for these injuries to the spirit is fine and admirable work. I experienced the impact of alcohol abuse over many years and know the complexity of responses one feels, but I also know of the capacity for healing and hope that God has brought.”
“I support Children of Alcoholics Week because growing up I always felt different from everyone else, lots of alcohol daily and nightly were at home, terror sometimes and despair often, scared with nowhere to run. These types of situations happen all around the world on a daily basis, we need to be aware and make others aware. To those children…You are not alone! Don’t repeat what you see, go and be the best you can be…have faith and have a dream!”
“It is so heartwarming for me to hear that there is an association such as Nacoa. I came from an environment of drunkenness, violence and mental cruelty. There was no Nacoa then, if only there had been! Good luck and thank you for helping these poor children who do not deserve to be treated this way.”
“I support Children of Alcoholics Week because children living with parental alcoholism need to know there are services just for them. Listening to children, helping them to understand that they are not alone, that they are not responsible for their parents drinking and that they can, with help, make healthy choices for themselves is essential if we want our children to live happy and fulfilled lives.”
“There are thousands and thousands of children brought up in alcoholic homes and there is help and things that can be done. In no circumstances whatsoever is it ever the child’s fault and they shouldn’t feel as if it is. If you hide everything away and don’t talk, the problem doesn’t get better.”