Hope and Healing for Children of Addiction

Mary Beth Collins, NACoA Director of Programs

COA Awareness Week is a national – and international – awareness campaign to break the painful silence and offer hope to vulnerable children impacted by parental addiction. We collectively provide tools to help communities educate professionals and parents to the issues at hand, and how to help these kids and teens who live in homes that are stressful, and sometimes frightening.   With addiction now a national health epidemic, and communities across the country struggling with ever-increasing drug overdoses, the impact on children today is staggering.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  
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It’s Over: The Relief of January for Children of Addiction

James F. Crowley, M.A.founder of Community Intervention

It’s over — and I know that thousands of children in this country have breathed a sigh of relief — Christmas is over! For children growing up with alcoholic or drug dependent parents, holidays are not the exciting time that fairy tales and television make them out to be. Even though each year there is hope that it will be different this time, down in the deepest part of their being, they know they will be cheated out of something — something good — something that other children will have. The daily drunken stupor, the yelling and fighting, is somehow supposed to be different at Christmas. But it isn’t — it’s worse.
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The 10 Rules of Change

Dennis WholeyTelevision host, producer, and author Read More >>

Holidays, Family Gatherings, and Recovery

Rosemary Tisch, M.A.Director of Prevention Partnership International
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9 Ways to Help Grandparents Raising Children of Addiction

Sis Wenger, NACoA President / CEO Read More >>

Gratitude: Not Just For Thanksgiving Anymore. How to foster everyday gratitude in children living with parental addiction.

Mary Beth Collins, NACoA Director of Programs Read More >>

The Commission’s Report: But What About the Children of Addiction?

Sis Wenger, NACoA President/CEO Read More >>

Reclaiming Parenting with Addicted Teens and Young Adults

Barbara Krovitz-Neren, MA, NACoA Co-Founder
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Alateen: A Supportive, Safe Space for Teens

Gail Barker, ME.D, LCPC, Borah High School Counselor
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The Power of Forgiveness in Family Recovery

Jerry Moe, M.A., Betty Ford Center National Director of Children’s Programs
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