Whether you are a professional who provides services to families, a teacher concerned about a student, a neighbor wondering how to make a difference in the lives of the kids living across the street, or a coach looking for information to help one of your players, we’re here to help. Are you the non-using parent concerned about your family, or a grandparent who lives hours away yet worried every day about your grandchildren? Maybe you are an older sibling off to college but nervous about what is happening at home. NACoA offers resources for anyone interested in providing support to children living with parental alcoholism/addiction, and their parents.

Kit for Parents

What is a parent to do for themselves and their children when their spouse is an alcoholic or other drug abuser?  Where can they begin to look for help?  The “Kit for Parents” seeks to answer these questions.   The “Kit for Parents” provides a rich source of information and skills for the sober parent while the family struggles with an alcoholic or other drug abuser.   It also contains significant resources for getting help for the alcoholic or other drug abuser. If you are “the sober parent”, downloading the “Kit for Parents” from NACoA.org could begin the journey of returning sobriety and order to your home.
The “Kit for Parents” provides a rich source of information and skills for the sober parent while the family struggles with parental addiction, whether the person is seeking treatment or not. It also includes some great resources for the entire family. If you are “the sober parent," downloading the Kit for Parents could begin your family's journey for recovery, and bring order to your home. Read More »

Core Competencies for Parents

The following core competencies may serve as a vehicle for self-assessment and an affirmation of existing competencies in a specific parent. Be able to
  • Help child to set a moral compass.
  • Nuture a positive sense of self in each child.
  • Teach self-discipline.
  • Imbue the knowledge that they are loved and valued.
  • Set limits on behavior and model the proper expression of feelings.
  • Listen to the message behind the words, feelings and behavior.
  • Accept each child's unique humanity no expecting perfection.
  • Teach a code of conduct and a sense of right and wrong.
  • Teach by example; model kindness, fairness, and respect for others.
  • Teach skill: communication, problem-solving, conflict resolution.
  • Teach how to seek and find help.
  • share information and dialog about general health habits, sex, relationship, alcohol and other drugs.
  • Guide them, with consistency, understanding and respect, through the crises of the various of development.
The following core competencies may serve as a vehicle for self-assessment and an affirmation of existing competencies in a specific parent. Be able to
  • Help child to set a moral compass.
  • Nuture a positive sense of self in each child.
  • Teach self-discipline.
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Kit for Kids

What about the kids?  What can they do to help themselves with the problems caused by the addiction in the family?  Where can they go for help?   The “Kit for Kids” can help them cope with their situation and become more resilient.  How?
  • The Kit contains information and skills that can help protect the emotional survival of a child dealing with parental addiction.
  • When children understand that they are not the reason for the chaos in their home, they can begin to feel less anxious, less guilty and more able to turn their focus to their own lives.
  • When working with children of alcoholic or other drug abusing families the “Kit for Kids” could become your “go-to” teaching tool.
  • The Kit contains information and skills known to reduce preoccupation about what’s going on at home and free up that energy to help them lead productive and less troubled lives.
What about the kids?  What can they do to help themselves with the problems caused by the addiction in the family?  Where can they go for help?   The “Kit for Kids” can help them cope with their situation and become more resilient.  How?
  • The Kit contains information and skills that can help protect the emotional survival of a child dealing with parental addiction.
Read More »

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